David Gifford Photography

Deapsea Aberdeen

Photo: Deapsea Aberdeen

The ultra deepwater and harsh environment mobile offshore semi-submersible drilling rig, Deapsea Aberdeen, photographed lying off Bressay in September 2019.

The photo was taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4 IS PRO lens, which I was trying out for a friend. As expected, I was very impressed by the high frames per second the camera can offer, and the system’s relatively small size and light weight. I’d known for a while about the camera’s ‘Pro Capture’ feature - pre-recording images using electronic shutter at 18 frames per second with autofocus - but it was still a revelation trying it out in some wildlife situations. My overall impression of the system is that it appears ideal for wildlife photographers who are travelling.

I won’t be trading in my full-frame Canon’s just yet, due to the versatility and lens selection they offer. Getting to try out the Olympus system in practice though was a great experience, to see how mirrorless cameras suited for action and wildlife photography are evolving.


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