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Fan Of… Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #55 and a ramble about a lens I have been using for 24 years.

I brought the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm f/2.8 used in 1996 and over the past 24 years it has been used to photograph a wide variety of subjects. The idea for this post came from exchanging comments with Jez after my recent Fan Of… Olympus Cameras post.

Having owned the lens for so long I have thousands of photos taken with it and I was having a very hard time selecting just five or six for this post. So this will be part one of two, this post will cover bird and wildlife images while the second post will cover everything else.


Fan Of... Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm

The 350mm lens on my home made ground pod. The ground pod dates back to the early 1990s.


Flying Osprey with flying fish.

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario in 2008.


Sunlit Squirrel.

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in 2018.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes

American White Pelicans on a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan in 1999. I was sitting in the water with the lens on a tripod in the water with me.


A displaying Eurasian Wren

A Eurasian Wren singing in the spring of 1997 at a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.


Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in 2018.


Recently emerged from hibernation.

A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat having just emerged from hibernation in the spring of 1998. Taken close to the town of Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.


17 replies on “Fan Of… Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm”

I must admit that it hasn’t been used much since my accident last year left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm. But it’s lighter than carrying a 600mm and a 300mm which is what I did for years in my film era.

These are all lovely, David -very beautiful! But the wren is my favorite too. 😊 And…… wow, I definitely have my eye on a similar lens – the new 300mm. I’m in the midst of saving my pennies. At the current penny exchange rate, this will take awhile!

Thanks Hannah. Part two about some of the more unusual uses for the lens may surprise you. I still need to select the last couple of photos as I’ve limited myself to six again. I’ll probably wait until Jez posts the next Fan Of…

Thanks Susan. I’ve never worked out why the Pelicans would ruffle their feathers when swimming back up the channel. They would then turn and let the current carry them along as they fished.

Maybe trying to cool down, I hadn’t considered that. It was a hot day which is why I sat in the water rather than lying on the bank in the sun.

A spectacular selection of pics, David 👏 That little squirrel’s my favourite 😃 I was going to compliment you on your dedication to photography, by sitting in the water to get the pelican shot, but you were just staying cool 😂

Thanks Jez. I almost always try to get to eye level with my subject so it was either lie in the sun on the bank or sit in the shallows after testing to make sure that the tripod wasn’t going to disappear into an underwater hole.

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