This yr, Olympus has expanded the sphere of the Micro 4 Thirds format with the debut in January of the M.Zuiko 150–400mm F4.5 super-telephoto professional zoom lens. It affords attain equal to a 300mm-800mm zoom equal on a full-frame 35mm physique, with as much as 1,000mm when the inner 1.4x teleconverter is engaged with the flip of a change. Including an Olympus exterior teleconverter can max out the efficient attain at 2,000mm.
Think about concentrating on capturing the picture of a sparrow feeding on the bottom only a few toes away when a Cooper’s Hawk swoops in to alight on the department of a tree at 40 yards. With the Olympus 150-400mm, it solely takes an immediate to raise, zoom, and focus to seize that good raptor picture. If, after nailing the bird-of-prey portrait, a butterfly seems on a flower as shut as 1.3 meters, the lens turns into a macro-optical instrument extraordinaire, producing beautiful element of the insect’s wings and physique.
The operational ease-of-use of the lens is nothing in need of revolutionary. After practically a month’s expertise taking chook pictures with it, I discovered its groundbreaking, complicated characteristic set with out peer amongst all the highest professional telephoto glass I’ve owned and used.
Its controls are totally accessible and simply managed handheld, giving photographers the proper imaging instrument to maneuver freely and shortly all through a full day within the area. Free of the tripod burden, you’re able to discover these wide-open areas totally.
The built-in 1.4x teleconverter flip change is strategically positioned for use, or securely locked, with out averting one’s eye from the viewfinder. Have interaction it, and the glass in your hand may be zoomed to ship a vibrant 1,000mm full-frame equal area of view. With teleconverter engaged, the aperture is fixed at f/5.6 throughout all zoom focal lengths.
The graceful, fluid focal size barrel management may be rotated with two fingers whereas holding the lens in a single hand. This shot-saving approach permits following a flying chook at, for instance, 150mm, and as soon as focus is achieved, effortlessly zooming in to seize the close-up picture. In any case, the extra topic on the body, the upper the picture high quality.
Whereas hardly featherweight, the 4.1-pound lens is considerably lighter and infinitely extra versatile than full-frame professional lenses, usually surpassing their focal attain on the lengthy finish.
Its $7,499 price ticket places it solidly within the funding bracket, however it’s notably inexpensive than full-frame lenses in comparable picture high quality brackets. Preliminary demand for the lens has been brisk, with opening bell pre-orders far exceeding producer expectations and manufacturing forecasting. So, if this versatile workhorse appears proper to your fashion of avian images, the perfect recommendation is to seize a spot on the ready record now.
This text was first revealed within the Could/June 2021 situation of BirdWatching journal.