Micro 4/3 is without doubt a very useful format. Just recently we headed south and it coincided with the time when figs in the south-west ripen and the parrots and Correllas gather around for a feast. I like to travel with a few different camera options. The ideal focal length for taking these photographs would have been between seven and 800 mm. Have you priced an 800 mm lens recently? Have you tried to lift an 800 mm lens recently? You know what I’m talking about. They are horrendously expensive and unbelievably heavy. It is a good idea to spend a bit of time in the gym building up some muscle mass before trying to use a lens like that.
And you know what is also amazing? A fixed focal length means that you don’t always get to frame your shot very well and even then you often crop from the image so that you lose quite a few megapixels. What you really need is something like a zoom lens with a 200 to 800 mm range.
A 200 to 800 mm range will give you a lot of flexibility and also allow you to zoom in very close.
My solution is simply to shoot with micro 4/3 with a 100 to 400 mm lens which effectively means that you are shooting with 200 to 800 mm. Thankfully there is an excellent Panasonic Leica variant available that fits perfectly into the Micro 4/3 system. For this shoot we attached it to the new Olympus M1X camera and decided to see how it would go with tracking and focusing these interesting squabbles that were going on around the figs. In actual fact the birds were gorging themselves on the figs and so were very heavy and looked rather relaxed.
Regardless, the birds don’t allow you to get too close and so you needed to be able to stand well back so that you were nonthreatening.
The Olympus M1X camera performed perfectly and we came away with about 1000 keepers. Some of these I’ve posted to the Instagram site.
During the trip we got the opportunity to see quite a bit more wildlife and the 100 to 400 mm lens on the micro 4/3 system performed perfectly.
Here are some examples illustrate the value of this rig. And just to make the point. This is a really light rig for any photographer to carry about and you are shooting with 20 megapixels and exceptional clear glass. Don’t underestimate the Micro 4/3 system. It really is awesome.