The Micro Four-Thirds’ advantage for telephoto work.

Here’s another example of the size advantage of the m4/3 system.

On the one hand, the new, superb, M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens, on the other, the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens.

                 Nikkor 600mm      M.Zuiko 300mm
Aperture:          f/4.0              f/4.0
Angle of view:     4.1 deg            4.1 deg      (12x magnification in both cases)
Min Focus:         4.39m              1.4m         (Oly focusses 3x closer)
Retail Price:      $12,500            $2,500       (Nikon is 5x the price)
Size:            166 x 432mm       92.5x227mm      (Nikon is 3x the size)
Weight:            3.81 kg            1.47 kg      (Nikon is 2.6x the weight)

They are both extremely sharp and well built pro-grade lenses. The Nikon costs as much as a car and you pretty much need a car or a mule to carry it around and a beefy tripod to use it. The Olympus is easily hand-holdable!

As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words:

Olympus-300mm f4Nikon 600mm handheld

Some will say: “yeah but I can use a 300mm lens on my FF D810 and crop it and I will get the same thing.” No you don’t. That 36 Mpixel sensor on your D810 becomes only 9 Mpixels at a 2X crop. That’s why a lot of Nikon wildlife shooters prefer the D7200 over a FF camera. But they still have to live with bulky, heavy, expensive FF lenses. Fine if you’re a pro with an assistant and lots of money, for the rest of us it takes all the fun out of photography.

So I’d say if you are a hobbyist or serious amateur who wants to get into wildlife photography, the m4/3 systems is the way to go.