Birder's Guide

NOV 2018

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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■ The Olympus 300mm f4.0 IS PRO with the MC-14 1.4x teleconverter and the OM-D E-M1 Mark II allowed me to stop the action of this Yellow (Mangrove) Warbler hopping along the beach at Gardner Bay in the Galápagos. Photo © Kevin Loughlin / Wildside Nature Tours ■ I was able to quickly adjust the settings on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II with the Olympus 300mm f4.0 IS PRO for this high-contrast, backlit situation in Grand Teton National Park. Photo © Kevin Loughlin / Wildside Nature Tours Camera Review • Olympus 24 Birder's Guide to Gear | November 2018 My first stop was the Teton Range in Wyoming, followed by the Galápagos Islands, the cloud forests of Ecuador, and then back to the Galápagos Islands with another group for my final tour of this month-long journey. These are all desti- nations I visit frequently, so it was easy to compare the results from the Olympus with my previous images. Once in the field, I truly appreciated the smaller size and weight as I learned some of the more intriguing features. While in the Tetons, we did a lot of landscape and wildlife photography as well as night sky photography. For this article, I will stick to the features that make the Olympus setup shine for bird photography. For birds in flight, the "low-speed" me- chanical shutter still allows for 10 frames per second using continuous focus while following a subject. Switch to the silent, electronic shutter and you can get up to 18 frames per second and still track your subject's focus. If you don't need con- tinuous focus tracking, you can obtain a blazing 60 frames per second. I did not need that and never tried it.

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