Using Olympus 75-300 zoom for wildlife photos

Using the Olympus 75-300mm micro four thirds lens chiefly for wildlife, especially birds.

I'm using the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 micro four thirds lens with my E-PL1 and E-P3, chiefly for photographing wildlife, especially birds.

Earlier learned of the lens pre-release, with Olympus dubbing it the world's smallest and lightest 600mm lens, though of course it is "only" equivalent to 600mm due to area of the sensor covered. I looked for info on internet; saw comments the lens is expensive, slow - certainly pricier and slower than Panasonic 100-300 zoom. Yet it's smaller and lighter than the Panasonic; I read of a couple of people having minor mechanical issues with the Panasonic (like sticking a little during zoom); and I've had good results with Olympus 40-150 zoom.

So, even though I noted a post to effect that no one in their right mind would buy the 75-300, I checked prices here in Hong Kong, and I bought one. At first, disappointed: even though I didn't have massive expectations (for that, try lens costing ten times or so as much), photos very unsharp, even tripod mounted.

Yet this was surely as I was trying to use on a very lightweight tripod: had been fine with 40-150, but couldn't damp vibrations with the heavier 75-300. Since using on heavier, carbon fibre, tripod - and results thus far good I think.

Given the lens is not fast, I think it's important to often use a tripod, unless you're happy to use high ISO, or weather is fine.

Below are thumbnails of photos I have taken with the lens.

Martin Williams