Astonishingly stupid question

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Jock Elliott, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2015
    Troy, NY
    Jock Elliott
    I recently acquired an OM-D E-M5 with 12-50. I enjoy shooting wildlife with my superzoom FZ200, but I am flirting with purchasing a telephoto zoom for the OMD.

    I see two lenses on Amazon that reach out to 300mm (600mm e):

    standard 4/3: : Olympus Zuiko 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Standard Four Thirds Digital SLR Cameras : Camera & Photo

    and micro 4/3: : Olympus MSC ED-M 75 to 300mm II f4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens : Digital Slr Camera Lenses : Camera & Photo

    will either fit the E-M5? Or does the standard 4/3 require some sort of adaptor.

    The standard 4/3 seems faster in terms of aperture, but there may be other disadvantages, such as slower autofocus, etc.

    Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers, Jock
  2. moonraker

    moonraker Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Wiltshire, UK

    1. You will need an 4/3 to m4/3 adapter (comes in various oly/pana guises)
    2. it will be slower focusing (a lot slower in my experience).

    I'd go with the m.zuiko if I were you, it's a pretty decent performer, except at the very long end. The only advantage of the 4/3 version is the macro function if I recall.

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  3. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    If can use Four Thirds lens on any m43 camera, with an adaptor, but the only cameras where the AF gives decent performance is the E-M1 because it uses an hybrid PDAF/CDAF autofocus system.

    If you want to adapt Four Thirds lenses the 50-200 SWD 2.8-3.5 is a much better option. You can also add a TC to get more reach at the cost of some light (1.4x = 1 stop, 2x = 2 stop slower).

    The speed difference from 4 to 4.8 and from 5.6 to 6.3 is only half stop, not much in my opinion. If you really want that extra half stop you can consider the Pana 100-300 4-5.6.
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  4. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I started out using the E-M5 with my (4/3's) 70-300 lens using the MMF-3 adapter & yes, it is a slow focussing lens, with a noisy rotation of the front lens but later bought the M75-300 & it performs well (not as close focussing as the 70-300) with it focussing internally. I recommend it.
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  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Just my experience, but I found the AF performance on the EM5 Mk I a very frustrating experience, lots of miss or failures to focus at all - especially at the longer end of the lens range. So frustrating in fact, I thought to get rid of it for a while. That changed when I got the 3.0 firmware update on the Olympus EM1. The AF performance is much better. If you have the chance to test it out first, I would highly recommend it and make sure it is going to perform as you need it.

    Also - it needs a lot of light and even with the IBIS - I would keep the shutter speeds in the 1/1000 and faster range. This zoom lens reall needs those 2 things to be optimally used. It's size also benefits from the add on grip on the EM5.
  6. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    I agree with the choice of the M.Zuiko 75-300. It would focus much faster on the EM5 and would not require an adaptor. Adapting a 4/3rd lens makes sense if you have an EM1. I've gotten great results with the Zuiko 50-200 SWD. But, tried focusing the 50-200 on an EM5 and it was at least 2-3x slower focusing. You would find that frustrating. As KLorenzo noted, the Panasonic Lumix 100-300 M43 lens is a good alternative.
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  7. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2015
    Troy, NY
    Jock Elliott

    It sounds like I might be better off sticking with my superzoom for the long-range wildlife pix. I find that the E-M5 focuses decently quickly with the 12-50, roughly about as fast as my FZ200. I bought the combo primarily for its "all-weather" capabilities. . . my rain, wind, and snow camera. I love the fact that the 12-50 has internal zoom and internal focus.

    Cheers, Jock
  8. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Get the Panasonic 100-300 IMO. That will indeed work on your Oly camera
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  9. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Jock, if you want to keep the "all weather" option and gain half that zoom range you can check out the Oly 14-150 mkII. A really nice and somewhat underrated lens in my opinion.
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  10. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Oh, missed the all-weather. The P100-300 is not all weather.
  11. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Hello Jock, I agree that you might be better off with the FZ200 for a while. Panasonic a about to release a higher end 100-400 and Olympus will have their fix 300mm out soon as well. You might find prices of the 100-300 & 75-300 come down some.

    And between the two I think I would pick 100-300, I've used both briefly and found I like the Panasonic better.
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