Oly 75mm for

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by microfourthirdsnut, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. microfourthirdsnut

    microfourthirdsnut Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    Birding? Anyone use this lens for that or wild life? It is a 150mm and I have used smaller lenses than that for wild life in my 35mm film days.
  2. JamieW

    JamieW Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 25, 2013
    Sure, if you happen to have a bird that close to the camera you can get a nice shot with the 75mm, but I wouldn't buy an $850 lens for that reason when you can get a much better lens for birding for less money.

    However, if you already have the lens, might as well use what you've got. I'd buy a 75-300 though if I didn't have either and that was my intended use of the lens. 75mm is a bit short.
  3. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    I haven't done any serious birding, just goofing around here and there...but I wouldn't use something as short as the 75.

    I used to use around 300mm (either 70-300s or 70-200s with a 1.4x TC) on APS-C bodies, which gives you roughly 450mm equivalent. Even that's on the short side by birding standards.

    I'd look into the Panasonic 100-300, if I were you. It's not great at the 300 end, but at 200-250mm you're still at around 400-500mm equivalent, which is plenty for birding.
  4. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    I love shooting birds with my Oly 75, just not the flying kind. wink wink.

    On a serious note, I agree with JamieW, why spend $900 on this when you can get the Panny 100-300 for much less?
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  5. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
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  6. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia

    This is an1525 x 1144 pixel crop of a shot taken with the 75mm so that's roughly equivalent to a 225mm field of view. Don't know how big you could print it to but the detail is fairly amazing to me. The bird is a mynah, not overly small—I'd guess a body size of around 20cm/8" or so including tail, and from memory the distance was probably around 6 or 7 metres or so to give you an idea of what the situation was.

    I had been using the Oly 40-150mm for birds and was feeling a bit unhappy with it because I was finding the widest aperture too slow and the 150mm focal length too short. There were no reasonable faster and longer options available so it came down to whether I wanted faster or whether I wanted longer the most. I went with faster and got the 75mm. It's not good for long distances but if you need a fast lens for low light or stopping action and you can shoot at a reasonable distance then it can work and it can deliver impressive results.
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