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Old Friday 10th March 2017, 23:12   #1
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Olympus lens for birds in low light!

Very happy with my E M5 75-300 lens for most birding situations but when it comes to birds in native bush here in NZ there is a need for something different. Generally birds can be relatively close but the light will nearly always be poor even on a good day. Any suggestions!
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If cost is no object, the 300 mm F4 prime is likely your best option. It also offers the advantage of dual image stabilization, which allows shooting at lower shutter speeds. (Though I'm not positive that is supported on the E-M5). It also has an extender which converts it into a 420 millimeter lens; though using it reduces the minimum aperture to F5.6.
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What about the Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm? Is it better at 300mm than Olympus 75-300mm?
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Old Monday 13th March 2017, 19:28   #4
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Different class! Different price too.... Up to 300mm I think it looks really good, but I don't like what I have seen at 400, but then, I have been spoiled by my 400/5.6 Canon prime. The only zoom I have seen that does not fade on the long end is the new Canon 100-400 Mark II, but it is a bit more expensive than the Panasonic/Leica. It is every bit as sharp as my prime at 400mm and has considerably less CA off center.
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What about the Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm? Is it better at 300mm than Olympus 75-300mm?
It's 5.6 at 300mm; not a big enough light difference to bother with. (The Oly zoom is 6.something at 300mm).
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So if I am pretty happy with 75-300mm, I'd be blown away by the 100-400?
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Very happy with my E M5 75-300 lens for most birding situations but when it comes to birds in native bush here in NZ there is a need for something different. Generally birds can be relatively close but the light will nearly always be poor even on a good day. Any suggestions!
How comfortable are you with post-processing? upping the iso, shooting raw and get the best out of what you already have might be one way forward. Using ACDSee, I did not find the learning curve as bad as I expected it to be.

Secondly, the lens mentioned in this thread would give you more light but the penalty would be less reach: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=340433

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Old Tuesday 14th March 2017, 18:19   #8
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Very happy with my E M5 75-300 lens for most birding situations but when it comes to birds in native bush here in NZ there is a need for something different. Generally birds can be relatively close but the light will nearly always be poor even on a good day. Any suggestions!
50-200. Gives you f3.5 at 200mm and perfectly usable wide open.
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I've been using the Oly 40-150 f2.8 Pro, with and without the 1.4x teleconverter on my EM5 II. Had it with me all the time during a month in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. Never even pulled out the oly 75-300 f4.8-6.7 that I had also brought with me.

Someday I will get the the 300 Pro.
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Example photo of a bird in low light taken with E-M1 Mk2 + Oly 75-300 II: http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho.../ppuser/104472

Camera set the ISO at 4000. It's not pixel-perfect, but I like the overall result, esp. the play of light and shadow on the bird.
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