Bird Photography Tips with Rob Knight

Posted Mar. 8th, 2021 by Daniel J. Cox

Longterm learning

One of the great things about birds is they’re almost everywhere. Even if you live in the heart of the city you can still find birds. So this presentation on bird photography tips by Olympus educator Rob Knight is a great opportunity to take a few notes and improve your chances with our avian friends.

Mutual respect for Micro Four Thirds

I first met Rob during our time as Lumix Ambassadors. Our paths crossed due to our mutual conviction that Micro Four Thirds cameras had the ability to revolutionize wildlife and natural history photography. One of the huge advantages of Lumix and Olympus cooperating on the Micro Four Thirds lens mount is the potential to move from one manufacturer to the other and not lose the ability to use the lenses you’ve already purchased. Just one of the bird photography tips Rob discusses. Can you imagine how sweet that would be if Sony, Nikon, and Canon gave us this same capability?

Bird photography tips
Bald eagle captured with the Olympus E-M1X and Olympus 150-400mm zoom with 1.2x teleconverter engaged for a total of 1000mm.

Micro Four Thirds is perfect for birds

Why is Micro four Thirds perfect for birds? Because all lenses are magnified by 2x. So the new Olympus 150-400mm actually becomes a 300-800mm. For those that have tried photographing birds, we all know, magnification is our friend. There never seems to be enough telephoto reach for our avian friends. Not only does Micro four Thirds give our lenses more reach but they’re much, much smaller than the full-frame equivalence. Add to that the benefit of being less expensive and considerably lighter to carry, and you get a tremendous system for taking bird pictures.

Freddy (right) is just way too confident with his baby Lumix system, and Peter (left) is most interested in the bird he just saw. Oh, by the way, Freddy is shooting 800mm with Micro Four Thirds and Peter is shooting 600mm. Cuiaba River, Pantanal, Brazil

Check Rob’s video out

Take a look at Rob’s video on bird photography tips, and then add a comment in his YouTube comment section about where you found it. I just want to make sure he knows about those of us rooting for the Micro Four Thirds camera system. And tell him Dan says hello.

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  1. Joe DotsonOn Mar. 14th, 2021


    As we read more about the potential demise of micro 4/3; I cannot help but think that people are making much ado about nothing. Micro 4/3 is a great system. Face, it…most of us are not professional photographers. I would bet that the majority of cameras are purchased by non professionals…The real question that people should be asking is “is my equipment fit for use?”. This is the real question. Having travelled with you and other explorers, we are excited about the trip and photographing amazing subjects. Whether landscape or wildlife, the shots that I have taken with micro 4/3 have been fit for use. Hanging on the wall as big as 24 x36; sharing with friends, using as a background on my PC and others. Having a system that is portable and affordable is the way to go. I certainly hope that people quit nitpicking perceived MINIMAL issues with micro 4/3. Not enough Bokeh? Really…Missed a bird in flight (not with OM-D)? I guess that people are looking to get the next cover for Nat. Geo….

    You said to me once, “the best camera is the one that you have with you”….Micro 4/3 SURE makes it easy to have an excellent camera at an affordable price with you at all times.

    I hope that Panasonic and OMD keep investing in what is a great system.

    Thanks for spreading the word.


    PS (Know anyone that needs a bunch of Nik*n equipment?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 14th, 2021

      Thanks for your input Joe. I’m certainly hopeful the Micro Four Thirds players stay in the game. Also, thanks for remembering the old adage about how the best camera being the one you have with you. Unfortunately I can’t take credit for that. I actually think Abraham Lincoln used it first. I can’t quite recall but I’m pretty sure it was old Honest Abe. ?

  2. DAVID JONESOn Mar. 8th, 2021

    I switched to Olympus from Panasonic Lumix just for the advantages of the Olympus system. I now own the OM-DE-M1X and the OM-DE-M1markiii. I have been shooting with a lumix 100-400 and even with this lens the focus is much better than with the G9.

    I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of the Olympus M.ZUIKO F4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO. CAN”T WAIT

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 8th, 2021

      I agree the AF on the Olympus cameras is providing many more keepers for me as well. You’re going to love the new lens.

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