Hummingbird and Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 & 1.4x

I would like to write about gear sometimes and I am new to the Olympus and Micro four thirds system.  I am not new to photography and it has been a hobby for about 13 years and digital for about 10 years.  Compared to my first camera (Konica Minolta 5D) things have come a long way and I am a firm believer that film has well and truly been surpassed in quality.

I started with Micro four thirds earlier in 2016 and have been learning the system since.  For the most part I like it but coming from a Sony A77 I find the Autofocus is inferiour with long lenses and moving subjects.  High ISO is about the same and neither camera is outstanding.

The lens and camera combination I was most interested in was:

Olympus EM1
Olympus 40-150mm f2.8
Olympus 1.4x teleconvertor

This is an incredibly small and light package for what gives you a 420mm f4, if it is sharp wide open.  I am pleased to find that it really is sharp wide open, impressively so.  I am fully aware of equivalence and from a depth of filed point of view this is not an f4.  However as mostly a wildlife photographer it still  gives me the light hitting the sensor of an f4 and for my purposes I mostly want more depth of field, not less since I usually shoot wide open.  This is because animals don’t sit still and are often in poor light.

This is a screenshot of a zoomed in picture I took in Panama with my Olympus EM1, 40-150mm f2.8 and 1.4x tele.  It is at f4 (wide open with the tele on) and iso 800, 1/1000 s. I am impressed.

Hummingbird-2This has been edited from the RAW file in Lightroom to my taste.

And the full picture:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also like the bokeh.

Underwater in Panama

In April 2016 we went to Panama.  All of these pictures were taken in Bocas Del Toro while snorkeling.

PanamaUnderwater-28The Coral is absolutely incredible.  Some of the best I have seen.

PanamaUnderwater-22Amazing colours.

PanamaUnderwater-30They look like trees, it is an underwater landscape.

PanamaUnderwater-43There was a gnarly looking crab among the coral.

PanamaUnderwater-41So many starfish, though this was the only one I have seen with only 4 arms.


PanamaUnderwater-54Lots of sea cucumbers as well.

PanamaUnderwater-51Horribly wrinkly underwater hands.

PanamaUnderwater-38This was underneath a restaurant.  There was thousands and thousands of fish hiding under there.  It was called the Blue Coconut and you can have lunch and then snorkel around the reef and underneath the restaurant.  You have to go there by boat as it is not attached to the island.

PanamaUnderwater-40A Stingray hiding in the sand.