M4/3 for birding

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Adrian Harris
Adrian Harris Veteran Member • Posts: 6,836
Re: M4/3 for birding

Ontarian wrote:

Want to increase my current reach for birding from 480mm (35mm equiv) to 600mm or 800mm without the kit getting any heavier than my 3.25 lb / 1475 gm Canon kit. That pretty well puts me into the bridge or M4/3 camps.

I was thinking of the Lumix G9 IV or the Olympus E-M1 II as good options and pairing them with either the 100-300 or 100-400 lenses.

Anyone have experience with either of these setups?

Not worried about video performance, but AF and IQ are important.

I use the Olympus em1-mk2 and Panasonic PL100-400 for most birding (and butterfly's & dragonflies). It's an excellent combination.

The PL100-400 is obviously heavier than the 75-300 mk2 (& dearer), but it focuses faster - essential for coal tits etc, - is sharper, effectively 200mm longer reach 800 v 600, and a let's in more light.

When ever I want to travel extremely light I do occasionally use my 75-300, but when I get back home always regret I didn't take the PL100-400.

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