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Tesni Ward is a professional wildlife photographer. While the majority of her work focuses on British wildlife, she also works on global projects to promote conservation and education through her images. See www.tesniward.co.uk.
Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II
Transitioning to a mirrorless camera was not a difficult choice for me; lightweight and compact with excellent image quality and stabilisation, I made the move to Olympus in January after four years with a DSLR.
Olympus 300mm f/4
This is my essential lens for wildlife; with an equivalent focal length of 600mm, which can be extended up to 840mm with a 1.4x converter, it has the reach I need, along with outstanding optical quality.
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8
An equivalent focal length of 80-300mm gives me a greater range of flexibility when working with wildlife at close quarters. At f/2.8 it also allows me to work in low-light scenarios without compromising on quality.
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8
This year I have put a lot more emphasis and time into capturing environmental and habitat images. At 24-80mm of equivalent focal length and pin-sharp optical quality, this lens gives me the flexibility I need.
Benro C3780TN and GH2C Gimbal Head
Despite the EM-1 Mark II having the best image stabilisation I’ve ever worked with, using a sturdy tripod and gimbal head can be highly beneficial when waiting for wildlife or preparing the composition of an image.
My phone can be used as a remote for my camera, and as a viewfinder with control over the camera’s basic settings and focus, letting me capture images from different perspectives.
List of kit Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8; filters: neutral density, polariser and reverse grad; spare batteries; spare memory cards; lens cloth and cleaner; mosquito net and repellent; Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II; Olympus 300mm f/4; Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8; Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8; Benro C3780TN and GH2C Gimbal Head; mobile phone.
A Scottish mountain hare