Bit of a back story. My mom was asking me about a new camera. After asking what she was looking for and knowing how my mom travels I suggested she take a look at Olympus cameras. Well she choose the EM5 mark two and because she enjoys bird watching as well as travel photography so she got a couple of lenses.
Well she came up for a visit and to learn the camera so that means I had to learn the basics of the camera menu and help set it up so she could enjoy using it . Now I have only shot Canon for digital and she also has only shot Canon but stabilization was a key factor for her and weight too oh the wifi was a bonus feature she wanted too.
I started with the Olympus share app and after I decided to try and complicate it I decided to watch a quick video on how to set it up. I must say their app is quiet simple to connect the phone and camera and I rather like the interface of it. Then I went on to set up the camera so she could access the settings she wants to access the easiest .
Yesterday we went out for a practice session. We went to the county park . After a few shots we made an adjustment or two for a few things that she did not like and we were off to the races so to speak. We did see a bit of wildlife but most of what we saw were smaller birds.
One thing that impressed me was the 75-300 lens on that camera. Basically the 150-600 field of view on a full frame camera. It worked quite nicely with the auto focus in the camera in the shade of the canopy.
The male was recently banded . I can also say I was impressed with the jpgs coming out of this camera (she shoots raw and jpg) and also the iso performance from the camera also. I have it set up for auto iso in Aperture priority . Now I have been trying for the last year to get a shot of this species of bird with 0 success but Yesterday I was able to get one with the 70-200 and I am stoked. I still need to get a shot of the male but that gives me an excuse to get out there again. These are a resident population from what I can tell so I am not on a time crunch.
This is another species that I have been trying to shoot for about a year also. Now that I know they are here and I know the part of the park to look I will have hopefully more luck.
We saw 3 small (1-2 foot ) Alligators near an old boat launch ramp and grabbed a number of shots. The top shot is from my camera and the bottom shot is using the Olympus and the 75-300 . I am not 100% sure if it is my shot or my moms shot but I can say Olympus I am impressed with your products. I know the EM-5 M2 is an older body but I am impressed there were a few trade offs but overall my mom enjoyed using the camera and both lenses (14-150 and 75-300) and got more comfortable with the camera and also with using aperture priority . This was the main important thing and the goal of the trip. I discovered how much I was missing or should I say how much easier a longer lens (150-600 range) would make wildlife photography.
If you enjoy birding and have a camera with wifi check out the Merlin Bird app it can help you id those birds that you can get a shot of.