Got out one evening last week with my newest lens, the Olympus m.Zuiko 75-300mm. Back when I was getting the E-M5 I wasn’t very complimentary towards this piece of glass; it’s slow, with an aperture of f/6.3 at 300mm, and at $900 it’s overpriced for what basically amounts to a consumer-grade telephoto. But it’s also a 150-600mm equivalent and the only alternative to the Panasonic 100-300 which I tried and discarded as disappointing.
I’m still not convinced that the Olympus is up to par with the Canon L-series telephotos I used to use, but it’s also not several pounds and over a foot long…so, it’s a compromise at this point. What I am sure of is that I’ll need to get in some more quality time with his lens over the next few weeks, and that come eagle season this winter, I’ll be equipped with something.
In the meantime, a couple of shots from the NEPA autumn. At top, a view of Lackawanna Lake that shows off the compression effect that I love. And below, a Cedar Waxwing in a treetop. Waxwings are autumn birds here, oddly brave and social creatures, and I always look forward to seeing them.
And to finish out this simple post, a shot of the moon pre-sunset. I was happy with the amount of detail I was able to see in the full-res version of this shot, which makes me think there may yet be hope for the lens.
Meanwhile, I’ll offer up an excuse for why I’ve been off-target lately, missing a couple of posts and managing only quick ones other times: with NEPA BlogCon last weekend and my show this Friday night, I’m a little swamped. I’ve got client work that started to fall behind, and since the clients pay, they have to come first. But that means that TRP occasionally has to take the back burner. I don’t really like doing it, but there are only so many hours in the day.
Good news is that most of the big things on my calendar will be past in another week or so, which means things around here will settle back down more like normal. Bear with me. There’s some good stuff coming.