I nthe bag

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.

Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

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.

Mo­bile phone

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

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