M4/3 for birding

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tammons Veteran Member • Posts: 6,567
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.

My opinion is to get the E-M1 II or III and the 40-150mm F2.8 and 300mm F4 plus the 1.4x and 2x TCs. I have the E-M1 II and used its a great deal at around $600.

With MFT you are somewhat limited for low light and for fur and feathers I prefer to stay at ISO 1600 max. And in that condition, F4 or faster is a good thing.

I have owned the Pany 100-300 and used it on a GX9, and it did okay, but not even close to the 300mm F4. The first one I had was sharp. The 2nd and 3rd were dogs.

I also used the Pany 100-400mm and found it too slow/dark for me and no dual sync IS with Oly bodies. Okay in good light though. Other than that I just could not warm up to it.

If you want a full kit, in addition to the 40-150 F2.8 and 300mm F4, add the Oly 12-100mm F4 (IS is superb) or the 12-45mm F4.

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