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Canon 55-250 IS any good for micro 4/3 ?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Wolf, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Wolf

    Wolf Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2012
    I would like to get a telezoomlens for my m 4/3
    i've noticed that the canon 55-250 IS is quite cheap and decent

    however i'd like to know if there are people who have already used this lens on an micro 4/3 body and how their experiences are (which adapter are you using, how is manual focus etc ..)
  2. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Get the native Olympus 40-150 smaller lighter and cheaper, and you can adjust the aperture (cannot do that with EOS Lenses. Plus the EOS lens would be manual focus only, and the focus ring on the 55-250 is terrible).
  3. The price of this lens plus an adapter won't be far short of the Panasonic 45-200mm, which would give you autofocus, OIS, and aperture control. I have a 55-250mm for my Canon but have never tried it on a Micro 4/3 camera.
  4. avidone

    avidone Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 24, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    another vote for the OLy 40-150. they are available at great prices and, even though I do not use mine SO often, I am astounded at the quality when I do
  5. Wolf

    Wolf Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2012
    I have the 14-150, but it's not really useable for bird photos ...
    (range too short)

    but I don't get this 100%

    i used to have a nikon d7000 with 70-300
    with a 2x cropfactor, the 14-150 should give me 28-300, yet the range of the nikon seemed a lot bigger (or the birds came out a lot bigger :p  )

    Or have I got it totally wrong ?
  6. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Panny 100-300 then. Or adapt an older, legacy lens that is longer (mounts from FD, MD, older Nikon, m42, etc.). The EOS lenses are at a disadvantage on m43.
  7. The D7000 also has a cropped sensor, although still bigger than m4/3. The 70-300mm will give you an equivalent of 105-450mm (@ 1.5x).
  8. Wolf

    Wolf Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2012
    euh yes i meant crop factor 1,5

    i mistyped :) 

    so panasonic 100-300 will give me 150 - 450 range then.

    Or are there any other non native telezoom lenses (prefer plastic, thus not too heavy) that work good on 4/3 ?
  9. Nikon APS-C = 1.5x,
    Micro 4/3 = 2x,

    so the Panasonic 100-300mm on a Micro 4/3 camera is equivalent to 200-600mm on full-frame.
  10. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    I'm with Nic. I'd go with a used or broken from kit Panasonic 45-200 for that range. Canon EOS lenses are not worth the effort on :43: due to the lack of aperture control.
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