[Tweeters] RFI: Mirrorless cameras for bird photography

Bill Dewey retief at deweydrive.com
Mon Jul 15 09:47:33 PDT 2019

Peggy, I was at that same seminar, he was talking about the M1X. I
rented one from Glazers the following weekend to test. Weighed the
M1X+300F4+1.4 TC next to my Nikon D500+200-500 as well as with the
500PF, which is lighter than the 200-500. My D500 also had the grip
attached. With these combinations, the D500 with the 500PF was almost
identical in weight, the Nikon with the 200-500 was slightly heavier.
The other consideration is that the Olympus was physical easier to hold
than the 200-500, as it is shorter. The 40-150f2.8 is also easier, and
the zoom is easier to operate with one continuous motion.

The Nikon combination, D500 with either the 200-500 or the 500PF are
fantastic, no doubt about that at all.

You are correct regarding price. Pro capture is fun, and more useful
than I thought.

On 2019-07-15 09:13, Peggy Mundy wrote:

> Hi Stefan,

> In May, I attended a seminar at Kenmore Camera by Scott Bourne who is

> a bird photographer and is promoted by and promotes Olympus.

> Unfortunately I don't recall which models he was promoting that day.

> He did a good sales job, claiming light weight, etc., but when I

> googled the specs, the system he was pushing actually weighed more

> than my current set up (Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm lens), and it

> wasn't an inexpensive system either, so I didn't bite. The one

> feature that the Olympus system has that is enviable, is the

> "Pro-Capture" mode that allows you to capture images prior to

> releasing the shutter (the camera temporarily stores images with the

> shutter button partially pressed). But that wasn't enough for me to

> give up all of my Nikon gear and make the expensive switch to Olympus.


> Peggy


> On Monday, July 15, 2019, 08:58:38 a.m. PDT, Stefan Schlick

> <greenfant at hotmail.com> wrote:


> For many years the standard DSLR system for birders has been the

> Canon 7D/7D Mark II with the 100-400mm IS (I or II) lens. Is anybody

> using a mirrorless camera for bird photography and how is it working

> out for you? In particular, is anybody using the Olympus E-M1X?


> Thanks,


> Stefan Schlick

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