For those of us photographers who would like to photograph birds in flight or some other speedy animal, Olympus has prepared a small accessory called the EE-1. It’s a RDS (red dot sight) that you can attach to any standard camera hotshoe.
By looking at the scene in front of you through this RDS instead of your viewfinder, you can place the illuminated red dot on your moving and/or distant subject/s in order to track it/them. This accessory is especially useful for applications such as wildlife photography, where keeping a far-off animal let alone some swift flying creature in the viewfinder can be tricky.
The dustproof and splashproof RDS is the Sony CR2032 lithium battery powered and features a center aiming red dot that has adjustable brightness and position, allowing you to calibrate the sight inline with your AF center focusing point. As long as you calibrate the RDS correctly, you’ll be able to keep your subject more or less in the frame and capture some cool images.
First impressions from the field
By using the tripod I calibrated the RDS in minutes without any fuss at all. As I was using the 25-400 mm zoom lens I calibrated the sight to the max. optical value. Due to the sunny weather I needed to put the red dot illumination value setting to the max. (5) in order to see the dot clearly.
While »targeting« the birds in my first shooting with EE-1 RDS I put my camera strap around my neck and stretched my hands in the way I put some tension both on my neck and the camera. This way I achieved at least the minimum stability while shooting.
I was shooting towards the blue sky used as background and the FZ1000 49-point DFD AF proved quite accurate so I was able to get a couple of decent results. I wonder how would the Panasonic's DFD AF respond if the background was more cluttered (?).
Of course, to elevate the keepers' rate some more practice from my part will be needed. ;)
City Pigeon In-Flight
City Pigeon Soaring Above The Sea
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