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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO

One of the primary reasons I enjoy shooting with Olympus cameras—and the Micro Four Thirds platform in general—is the portability that the system offers, especially when it comes to telephoto and super-telephoto lenses. Combine that with the rugged weather-sealing and excellent build quality of Olympus’ OM-D system, and you have one of my all-time favorite setups for wildlife photography. The image quality from this setup is very impressive in most situations, so long as you keep the ISO level in check, which is admittedly one of the weak spots, comparatively, against other camera systems with larger sensors.

A few years ago, Olympus wowed the wildlife world with the M.Zuiko ED 300MM F4.0 IS PRO lens. Providing a 600mm-equivalent focal length, amazing image stabilization and tack-sharp image quality all in a handholdable package, the lens was arguably one of Olympus’ most impressive lenses yet. Nature photographers could get that crucial long telephoto reach but in a lens that was downright minuscule compared to the full-frame 600mm f/4 competitors. Plus, it was a fraction of the cost as well.

It was, and is, a great lens if you want reach and mobility. Yet now, Olympus has pulled out all the stops and finally unveiled the ultimate wildlife and nature super-telephoto lens: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO. This is Olympus’ most high-end, most professionally oriented lens. Built in Japan, the new super-telephoto

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