Walls Above Ouray

Snowy Cliffs above Ouray, Colorado

Snowy cliff walls above Ouray, Colorado. I took this shot from my porch today with my new Olympus 70-300mm telephoto lens, at 200mm (400mm equivalent in 35mm terms). With this lens I’ll never even have to leave my house to get mountain photos! It’s a pretty sweet thing to have a 600mm equivalent reach in a lens that’s only 5 inches long and weighs just over a pound. I’ve never been much of a telephoto shooter, but I look forward to seeing what I can do with this lens.

3 thoughts on “Walls Above Ouray

  1. Jack,

    I got this lens a few months ago, so I’m curious to see how you’ll like it. It’s been hit or miss for me, but the more I’ve used the more I’ve figured out its strengths and weaknesses. For the price, it is hard to beat…another excellent optic from Oly. As for your shot, it’s great. When I read that you took the shot from your porch I couldn’t believe it! It’s nice to have such a nice compact zoom, isn’t it?

  2. Thanks Justin,

    I can already tell that the autofocus on it pretty much sucks compared to the other Oly lenses I have – it’s slow and inaccurate and I got a better focus using live view manual. So it may not be the best for action shots. But otherwise like you said, so far it seems the image quality is great.

    And yes, I’ve always stayed away from tele zooms in the past, in the interest of keeping weight down, but this one is so light I can take it along into the mountains.


  3. Wow, that really reminds me of the cliffs to the west of Moab and similar shots I’ve taken, sans trees and not nearly the quality. 🙂

    Have fun in Jackson, I’ll miss seeing new photos of the San Juans, where I spent my teen years and for which I have a soft spot. But the Tetons…well, just awesome and be sure to get up into Yellowstone. Watch out for those super volcanoes and the Teton fault and of course the griz. While you’re up there, see if you can get into Glacier some, too, would love to see some winter shots there. And don’t forget Old Hollowtop Mtn near Pony, MT, a weird and cool place (the mtn, not Pony). Have fun!

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