Favourite lens Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens
Since making the move over to a mirrorless system earlier this year, with the Olympus OM- D E- M1 Mark II there are two key lenses you’ll always find me using. The Olympus 300mm f/4 PRO lens gives me 600mm of equivalent focal length, producing tack-sharp images with no noticeable chromatic aberration or vignetting. The 300mm is significantly lighter and smaller than any lens I’ve previously used, along with 6 stops of exceptional image stabilisation, I can keep shooting handheld throughout the day with no difficulties. Paired with a 1.4x teleconverter, achieving 840mm of equivalent focal length, this lens gives me all the reach I need for far- off or shy wildlife.
When I’m fortunate enough to get slightly closer to wildlife, I turn to the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8. This lens achieves 80300mm of equivalent focal length, which can be increased further with the 1.4x converter. An additional aperture stop throughout the focal range allows me to work in lower light conditions without compromising on image quality, along with taking advantage of a shallower depth of field. Being a wildlife photographer means I travel regularly, both abroad and within the UK, which means having to carry my equipment considerable distances to locate and find wildlife.
With these two lenses, the E- M1 Mark II camera body and an additional lens for wideangle habitat shots (the Olympus 12- 40mm f/2.8), I can cover all the bases I could need in wildlife photography, without having to worry about weight or space.
With 6 stops of image stabilisation, the Olympus 300mm enables me to shoot handheld throughout the day Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, 300mm, 1/400sec at f/7.1, ISO 640