You Can’t Photograph Wildlife W/ Micro Four Thirds Cameras – Can YOU?

Photo by Scott Bourne - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons - Shot on Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, with M.ZUIKO Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 lens mounted on Induro CT 214 tripod w/ Induro BH3 ballhead. Converted from Lightroom RAW to Jpeg, cropped and no post.

Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons – Shot on Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, with M.ZUIKO Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 lens mounted on Induro CT 214 tripod w/ Induro BH3 ballhead. Converted from Lightroom RAW to Jpeg, cropped and no post.

For the last two weeks I’ve been told I can’t photograph wildlife with a micro four/thirds camera. Most of the experts telling me this have never used a micro four thirds camera or for that matter shot wildlife, but here’s proof they are wrong. Shot this morning at La Jolla Cove near San Diego. California brown pelican in breeding plumage. See meta data below and full zoom at size.

Maybe you CAN photograph wildlife with a micro four thirds camera. Lots more to come. (Note this wasn’t even zoomed all the way out to 300mm (EFL=600mm) but you get the idea.)

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10 thoughts on “You Can’t Photograph Wildlife W/ Micro Four Thirds Cameras – Can YOU?

  1. MFT has come a long way, and with some units like the Panasonic GH3 delivering beyond-broadcast quality video with some stunning, interchangeable glass, they’re starting to edge out a noticeable niche. All that’s missing is a true, no-compromises MFT camera (GH3’s video quality with Nikon or Olympus image quality), but I’m sure we’ll see that in due time.

  2. Now if we can convince panasonic and/or olympus to make a (reasonably) fast prime lens then we could also use it on not so bright days. Quality wise the images from my GX1 and 100-300 lens are excellent, but for action and lower light I still have to go back to my heavy gear. I would love to be able to hike into nature shoots with half the weight on my back knowing I have a high probability of getting the shots I want.

  3. I keep on being told that by various people and yet I have created several stunning images of birds, especially small songbirds which are the most difficult to capture all using my Panasonic Lumix 100-300. It is the camera you have with you that gets the picture. Well done on the pelican photographs. I’ve provided the link to my Flickr stream which contains bird pictures taken with my GH-2 and 100-300.

  4. Nobody is disputing that mFT’s can capture nice images of still wildlife, it’s birds in flight that are still a challenge. Nice photo, btw. Fellow E-M5 owner, and getting excited about adding the 75-300 MkII soon.

  5. Very nice. Now try the 75-300 with a G5 and you will have surprisingly good AFC BIF capability in bright light. Stop it down a little (f8 or 9) and keep the speed over 1/1600.

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