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Macro and nature photography

E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/250s • ISO 400

This lens has a focal length equivalent to 600mm in film cameras. Therefore, its main use would be for photographing wild animals in their natural environment, such as birds, large mammals, etc. However, thanks to a series of unique features I found it a good option for close-up photography in nature.
First of all, its closest focusing distance of 1.4m allows a magnification factor of 0.4x, enabling enough distance with the small animals to not frighten them. The image stabilizer combined with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is really effective for taking pictures, allowing very low speeds unthinkable in other systems. The F:4 maximum aperture results in a minimum depth of field but it is useful at the same time creating beautiful and extremely pronounced both posterior and anterior defocusing due to the quality of the mechanism of a 9-blade diaphragm. Thanks to this, objects that are inches away from the main subject are totally unfocused helping to ensure that the composition is not getting muddy. Finally, the autofocus is very fast and accurate, although it is necessary to precisely choose the area to be focused, usually the eyes of the animal.

E-M5 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/640s • ISO 400

In the field, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO with the E-M1 Mark II have behaved very efficiently, although at first some practice is needed to assimilate the character of the lens. Once accustomed to the equipment it was a delight to stroll around looking for small animals like butterflies or dragonflies and to photograph without frighten them, trying different planes in each situation knowing that they would not leave. In addition to this equipment, I added the external flash Fl 600 to take pictures with bright sunlight with the high speed sync function activated.

E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/1000s • ISO 200

In short, it has been a real discovery the utility of the M.ZUIKO 300mm PRO for macro hand-held photography. The quality of the images is extraordinary, for the sharpness of the focused areas and for the soft defocusing that helps to highlight the important thing. It is a lens that requires practice if you want to get the best of it, but in return it gives a unique performance and quality in the field of close-up photography.

E-M5 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/1600s • ISO 400

E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/160s • ISO 400

E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/125s • ISO 200

E-M5 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/500s • ISO 400

E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/160s • ISO 400

E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/100s • ISO 200

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