Tesni Ward

Favourite lens Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

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

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