This article features a selection of handheld photographs of birds-in-flight using the EM-1X’s little brother, i.e. the EM-1 Mark III. All images were captured using the M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II utilizing Cluster Area C-AF. I used this lens and auto-focus setting as I thought it was a combination that some folks would use with this choice of camera body.
All of the photographs in this article were captured in about an hour and fifteen minutes under very windy conditions at Grimsby harbour. There weren’t that many birds in the area so I basically was shooting at anything and everything that was in flight.
I had to constantly adjust my scanning for birds-in-flight along a 180-degree view. This meant that I often was capturing photographs with birds fast approaching and in some cases almost on top of me. Using an auto focusing option that was very responsive was of benefit.
The air temperature was 0 degrees Celsius, and likely about minus 6 to 8 degrees Celsius with the wind chill.
The OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a terrific camera, often referred to as the little brother of the E-M1X. Many photographers cannot justify purchasing the E-M1X so I thought an article using little brother for birds-in-flight may be of interest to some readers.
All of the photographs in this article was produced from RAW files using my standard process and settings. I didn’t do anything special with these images. The EXIF data provides usual shooting details as well as distance to subject and cropping information.
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Overall I think that the E-M1X’s little brother, the E-M1 Mark III, performed very well. Cluster Area C-AF is an easy-to-use auto focusing option that produces consistently good results in a range of shooting angles when photographing birds-in-flight.
The M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II is quite a good lens, given its diminutive size and modest price point. Fitted to little brother, this lens provides a lightweight, affordable, and easy-to-handle bird photography option.
If you already own the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom along with little brother, adding an M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter would be a better option than investing in an M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II zoom lens for your kit.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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