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Another very rare butterfly having a good year

This butterfly (the Pearl-bordered fritillary) is another 'rarity'. In the last 25-30 years numbers have declined by about 75% and sites where it can be seen have dropped by about 95% (based on stats from Butterfly Conservation). They say it is now one of our most-threatened species

One place that it is still flying and (based on my recent visit and local reports) actually doing quite well is the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire (https://www.visitwyreforest.co.uk).

This charming butterfly was a challenge to get close to and was almost constantly on the move. At the site I visited the butterflies were amongst bluebells and bracken which gave me most of the opportunities for nice shots. I saw about 50 butterflies (which shows there is a good number in that colony) and the sun was shining. Which helps enormously in getting good depth of field with lowish ISO.

I used my 40-150 pro with 1.4tc exclusively (and mostly at full stretch). ***Please Olympus make the 2.0tc compatible and available soon*** Or make me a 90-250 f4 with similar close focus ability***. I promise I'll buy it

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This butterfly is similar in colour and basic pattern to some of the other fritillaries but it is a delicate and beautiful insect with individual charm.

It was a wonderful trip that I hope to repeat another year. ....if the site remains viable and butterflies survive there.
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Re: Another very rare butterfly having a good year

Lovely shots
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Re: Another very rare butterfly having a good year

Great pictures Peter.
I want the 2x too, should be here soon...
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Beautiful shots Peter. I'm waiting for a x2 as well
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Re: Another very rare butterfly having a good year

Hmmm...looks like there might be a queue for the teleconverter. It may be too expensive if we look too keen, chaps
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Re: Another very rare butterfly having a good year

Beautiful images Peter.
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Re: Another very rare butterfly having a good year

Excellent images

I wish Olympus would make a MFT equivalent of the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 FT lens, compatible with the 1.4x & 2x converters, weather sealed and compatible with pro-capture. The Sigma lens is very sharp but is glacially slow if trying to shoot continuously. The 60mm f/2.8 is too short for shots of nervous insects but the Pana-Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 is not bad for larger butterflies.

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Re: Another very rare butterfly having a good year

Hopefully the few of us wont be enough to influence the sale price Peter. If it's too expensive then I'd look for a secondhand Pan Leica 100-400. One that has had the bayonet fitting nicely worn clean of metal chips

John that 150 suggestion would be brilliant, great idea.
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I'd be surprised if it's much less than 500 queue or not...
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I'd be surprised if it's much less than 500 queue or not...
Which would be OK if it worked with some other lenses (like the macros and the pro zooms) but that is not going to happen. So it better be worth it in other ways...
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Excellent images

I wish Olympus would make a MFT equivalent of the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 FT lens, compatible with the 1.4x & 2x converters, weather sealed and compatible with pro-capture. The Sigma lens is very sharp but is glacially slow if trying to shoot continuously. The 60mm f/2.8 is too short for shots of nervous insects but the Pana-Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 is not bad for larger butterflies.

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I had the sigma 150 macro for 4/3 and sold it when I was moving to all micro four thirds. It was slow and not really consistent with autofocus.

A longer macro lens on m4/3 would be very welcome, but I don't see it happening. Panasonic and Olympus have been asked many times. Sigma don't seem interested in this small market.

I have a metabones adapter so can fit canon lenses to micro four thirds and have a friend trying to get me a loan copy of the Sigma 180 macro which I want to try out. It may work. But it will probably not be fast enough.

The 100-400 close focus distance is a little too far away for me. i know it works to a point, but I want the chance to get closer as well as have close telephoto use. Olympus does that well on a few lenses, but just seem to miss my perfect lens. A number of lenses on the future roadmap seem to be of interest.
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If it's 500 it better be very very good
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