Are you interested in getting started with bird photography (wildlife) or are you looking to take your shooting to the next level? Believe it or not you can do it using Micro Four Thirds gear. I have made some great portraits, birdscapes and even flight shots with this gear, and even made salable prints from the RAW files I get from my Olympus cameras. I’ve had my images from Olympus cameras used in articles and on web sites and recently published a book that was mostly made of photos from my Olympus camera. My images have been used on greeting cards and made into posters. In every case, the quality of my pictures from this gear meets or beats that coming from other cameras I used to shoot with.

You rarely hear the phrase “point and shoot” camera anymore. It’s a segment that is dead or nearly dead to some people due to the uptake of good cell phone cameras. People don’t want to carry a separate device for their casual photography.

But you DO hear phrases like “adventure cameras.” or “action camera.” While photographers seem less willing to buy and carry a dedicated point and shoot model, high interest in cameras that can go on nearly any adventure with you (hiking, skiing, boating, parachuting, etc.) are very hot.

Olympus has announced a new zoom lens that would be great for travel photographers or anyone who wants to cover a wide range of focal lengths with just one lens. The M.Zuiko ED 12-200 f/3.5-6.3 zoom weighs just one pound and covers an EFL of 24-400mm (16.6x) and has the largest zoom range of any mirrorless, interchangeable lens. But it’s not a cheap piece of glass. This new lens is made like a tank with weatherproof construction.