Black-Crowned Night-Heron … with a Panasonic 100 – 300 mm Lens

I took these pictures of the Black-Crowned Night Heron at a little past seven in the evening at our local pond a few days ago.  If you are interested in reading about this Heron you can click here.

The following picture is our local alligator (not).  From a distance it looked like something was floating on top of the water and it looked a little like an alligator.  I have included the picture below just because I liked the color and ripples of the water.

I used my micro 4/3 Panasonic G3 with the Panasonic 100 – 300 mm lens to get the above pictures.  It really is an excellent camera and lens but I will probably be selling them shortly.  If you have read earlier articles you know that I have had trouble accidentally hitting the buttons on the camera.  Almost every time I pick it up and look through the viewfinder I find that I’m in the menu system or have changed some of the settings.

I replaced my earlier Pentax K-5 with the Panasonic G3 and micro 4/3 lenses a while back to attempt to find a better solution for dealing with the arthritis in my hands and back.  I thought that a smaller and lighter camera system would be the answer, but it wasn’t.  Smaller and lighter meant that the controls were more crowded on the back of the camera and they left little space for my hand.  I have tried various ways of carrying and holding the camera but my problems still exist.  I have fond memories of the excellent, although heavier Pentax K-5 so I’m going back to it.  I think that I can deal with the extra weight and better ergonomics better than I can deal with the frustration of changed settings; but the final answer will have to wait until I try the K-5 again for a week or so while carrying it and using it on my walks.

Unfortunately, it means another change.  In order to keep the weight of the K-5 and lenses down, it means that I’m going to have to give up some focal length.  Pictures like the above may become a thing of the past.  With the G3 and its’ lenses, I had a maximum effective focal length of 600 mm.  That lets me reach out and grab shots of wildlife from a distance.  With the K-5 and the 55 – 300 mm lens that I have ordered, I will only have an effective focal reach of 450 mm.  If I find that I can handle the weight of the K-5 I will just have to try to get a little closer. 🙂

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