Hummingbirds - Spring 2022

Spring has arrived in the Gulf Islands, and the colourful Rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) have arrived to join our over-wintering Annas's hummingbirds (Calypte anna).

I have been trying out the new Olympus M.Zuiko 150-400mm f4.5 + 1.25 TC lens mounted on an E-M1x body alongside the excellent Sony A1 with the FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 zoom.  It would be a more fair comparison if I had the new OM-1 camera for the comparison, but they are still impossible to find in Canada.

Here are a few photos from the past couple of weeks:

Rufous Hummingbird, Olympus E-M1X and 150-400mm f4.5, 500mm @ f5.6


Rufous Hummingbird, Olympus E-M1X and 150-400mm f4.5, 500mm @ f5.6


Rufous Hummingbird, Olympus E-M1X and 150-400mm f4.5, 500mm @ f5.6


Rufous Hummingbird, Olympus E-M1X and 150-400mm f4.5, 400mm @ f4.5



Anna's Hummingbird, Olympus E-M1X and 150-400mm f4.5, 400mm @ f4.5


Rufous Hummingbird, Sony A1 and 200-600mm f5.6-6.3, 600mm @ f7.1


So far, I would give the Olympus lens a slight edge in speed, sharpness and close focusing ability, while the Sony A1's bird eye AF is superior to that of the Olympus E-M1X.  I'm hoping the OM-1 will match the A1 in that department.

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