This article features some handheld test images of butterflies with the M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom. The butterflies in-flight in all of the photographs in this article were about 6.8 to 8.1 metres (~22.3 to 26.6 feet) away from my shooting position.
I should state right up front that this article is based on some first attempt experimentation. As a consequence the results are not up to the standard that I would have liked. I certainly don’t mind sharing first attempt results with readers. The experience led to some potential learning to share. Photographing captive butterflies in flight hand-held is an interesting challenge. This article shares a selection of images and some of my initial thoughts about adjusting my technique for the future.