This article features a selection of images from a mallard in-flight test I did late last year at Grimsby harbour. All photographs were captured handheld using an Olympus OM-D E-M1X, M.Zuiko PRO 40-150mm f/2.8, and M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter.
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I began my mallard in-flight test photographing some birds as they were flying in quite close to me. My objective was to see how fast my E-M1X would acquire auto-focus on the incoming ducks.
Some others visitors to the harbour were feeding grain to the ducks which caused a flurry of activity.
Picking out a subject mallard as a number were flying in at the same time was an interesting challenge.
As you can see from the EXIF data I allowed the ducks to get in reasonably tight to me before I captured my images. Subject distances in the four photographs above ranged from 5.9 to 12.2 metres (~19.4 to 40 feet). I was quite pleased with how quickly my E-M1X acquired focus and locked on to subject mallards.
I also had the opportunity to capture some photographs with cleaner backgrounds during my mallard in-flight test. The photograph above and the ones that follow were from the same AF-C run. Since there were repeating wing patterns every second frame I’ve only included some sample frames from the run.
This particular mallard decided to slow down and hover slightly during the image run which produced some interesting flight feather positions.
The last photograph in this article is one of my favourites captured during my mallard in-flight test.
Overall I was very pleased with how the Olympus OM-D E-M1X performed. It would be nice to have some additional reach with my Olympus kit. We’ll have to see what lens options Olympus offers in the future. For the time being I’m quite happy with how the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150mm f/2/8 combined with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter performs.
In situations where I need additional reach, I can still call on my Nikon 1 V3 and 1 Nikkor CX 70-300mm combination.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Photographs were cropped to varying degrees.
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