THE OM SYSTEM GUIDE TO
The world is full of beautiful, exotic wildlife waiting to be photographed. Whether you’re getting started or you’ve been photographing wildlife for years, you’ll learn something new.
Learn as much as you can about your subject. Once you know the behaviour, when your subject goes out to feed, which are its common paths, how does it react to human beings, what is the safe distance from which it lets you take pictures - as much about it as you can find out, you will have much better chance to capture the right moment.
Wildlife photography requires a great deal of patience. Animals are unpredictable and getting a great shot can take hours or even days. Be prepared, you can stay in a hide and have ideally two cameras ready with 2 different lenses and 2 different settings. So that once the time comes, you are ready to take any type of picture, be it a fast action or a still portrait.
Lighting and composition
Always study the terrain prior your trip. If you know where the animal usually shows up, than try to find a nice background, hours or days in advance, so that you not only get a great shot of the animal, but also get a background which is not disrupting the image and makes the overall composition much nicer. Sometimes it only takes one step to the side to completely change the background. Make use of those beautifully lit sceneries during the golden hour and take shots of your animals in the best lighting conditions if you can.
Use fast equipment and fast modes
A fast tele or a tele zoom lens with a focal length of 300-600mm (35mm equiv.) is recommended. Also use fast UHS II class SD cards, as you will be using fast sequential shooting and Pro Capture modes, which will help you capture any fleeting moment. To get to know your gear, download the OM SYSTEM Guide for wildlife photography to learn more!
Our mirrorless OM camera system is up to half the size and weight of other 35mm format flagship camera systems. This gives wildlife photographers more flexibility, more energy, and more time in the field to get the perfect shot.
Lousy weather often takes you by surprise. The OM Series and our PRO lenses have you covered. They’re splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof (down to 14 ̊F / -10 ̊C), so there’s never a need to carry protective gear.
Let the OM Series set you free. Our compact mirrorless cameras and small lightweight lenses boast the performance of pro DSLR systems. You'll have greater freedom of movement to take better wildlife photos and the near silent operation to avoid disturbing your subjects.
OM SYSTEM OM-1 + M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO VS Full Frame DSLR
The continuous shooting speed of the OM-1 blows away most DSLR cameras. Capture an astounding 120 frames per second with S-AF and 50 frames per second with C-AF using the silent electronic shutter. It's easy to keep up with fast-moving subjects.
Our time machine-like Pro Capture Mode ensures you nail the best shot. Press the camera's shutter button halfway to start buffering a running series of images. Once you see the precise moment you want to capture, fully press the shutter to capture that image plus the previous up to 70 frames all at once. Perfect for images of wildlife subjects!
Photographing fast moving animals requires a responsive and fast autofocus system. The OM-1 features all Cross Quad Pixel AF that blanket the image sensor. This makes the OM-1 the best option for taking those difficult wildlife shots.
Leave your tripod behind! Our industry-leading 5-Axis Image Stabilization allows you to shoot tack-sharp photos, all handheld. With up to 8 shutter speed steps of compensation for tripod-like stability, you have more freedom for better results.
YOU DON'T NEED A LOT OF GEAR
As the flagship of the mirrorless OM system, the OM-1 is equipped with the industry’s latest technology to realise your most creative ideas. Pick it up and be amazed at its compact size, how it fits naturally in your hand and how little effort it takes to lift it. Break free from heavy, bulky cameras and tripods with the world’s best image stabilisation system for shooting sharp handheld shots even in low light. Weathersealing lets you work without worry in adverse conditions. You’ll have the speed and precision to capture the impossible and take your photos and video to new, exciting places.
Starting at CA$2,599.99 Regular Price CA$2,799.99
A new compact, lightweight, fast, ultra wide-angle lens has now been added to the M.Zuiko Digital PRO series whose hallmark is its excellent mobility and superb optical performance, providing high image quality in any shooting environment. It boasts a brightness of f/2.8 at all focal lengths, making it an ideal lens for shooting nightscapes and stars. The separately available waterproof lens port makes it possible to use this lens for wide-angle photography underwater.
Starting at CA$1,749.99
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO zoom lens was designed and developed to provide excellent image quality and high magnification, all in a compact size. When combined with a Sync-IS-compatible camera, 5-axis Sync IS can be utilized, delivering the world's most powerful stabilisation performance equivalent to 6.5 shutter speed stops. This is a professional high-magnification zoom lens that truly meets the demands of professional photographers.
Starting at CA$1,799.99
A teleconverter that provides extended magnification while maintaining excellent image quality. The MC-14 extends focal length of attached master lenses to 1.4x. The thin body constructed by metal, constructed of rich 6 elements in 3 groups (1 HR lens) promises virtually no image degradation. It also features dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof performance.
This is a dustproof and splashproof power battery holder for use with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. When two batteries, in the camera and the HLD-9, are used together, approximately 880 shots (according to CIPA testing standards) can be captured. The GS-5 optional grip strap and AC-5 AC adapter for prolonged continuous use can also be used. * Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery BLH-1 is not included.
This is a high-power flash with a maximum guide number of 58. It features superb tracking performance for high-speed sequential shooting. It is dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof down to -10℃, expanding your photographic possibilities. Equipped with a commander function for coordinating with wireless flash units as well as compatible with Multi Mode, High Res Shot, Focus Stacking, and Focus Bracketing.
OM-D E-M1 MARK III
M.ZUIKO ED 40-150MM F2.8 PRO
Here’s a look at what’s in Jay Dickman's gear bag when he’s out on assignment.
M.ZUIKO ED 7-14MM F2.8 PRO
M.ZUIKO ED 300MM F4.0 IS PRO
M.ZUIKO ED 12-100MM F4.0 IS PRO
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 1.4X TELECONVERTER MC-14
POWER BATTERY HOLDER HLD-9 FOR E-M1 MARK II OR MARK III
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