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E-PL1 and Zukio 70-300

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Fred S, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    I tried the 70-300 with a Viltrox adapter on my E-PL1 today
    It was cloudy and VERY windy
    3 words describe my fist few shots " I am impressed "
    AF was will under 1 second.
     

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  2. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I've used the same lens on my E-P2, though I usually don't put anything bigger than the zuiko 40-150 on it. The quality is great and I'm looking forward to using it on the E-M5 with the optional grip, which for me will feel more balanced. It's a nice lens, though, and I can't afford the m. zuiko version at $900, so I'll either continue using it on my E-510 DSLR or on the m4/3 cameras.
     
  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Psh, if you already have the Four-Thirds Zuiko 70-300mm, I wouldn't bother with the m.Zuiko 75-300mm. It's a fine lens too, but the 70-300mm is a little faster with much better close focus, enabling you to get 1:2 macro at 300mm and 3' working distance (using Manual Focus). It's a reasonably sharp, highly versatile lens. The m.Zuiko 75-300mm is also a very fine lens, but it doesn't have anything special to it. The Zuiko 70-300mm has a certain special magic, even as cheap as it is.

    For $900, you could pick up the original version of the Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 brand new retail price if they were in stock (which obviously means you could pick up a used one much cheaper). That's 5x the lens of either the Zuiko 70-300mm or the m.Zuiko 75-300mm.
     
  4. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Yes, I've done a lot of bug shots with the 70-300, a whole series of bees, and this one, of a dragon fly, shot with the E-510, but I would expect something at least as good on a micro body. I actually have my eye on an OM 300mm f4.5 for birding.

    desktop_yellow_dragonfly2.
     
  5. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    IMO the Four-Thirds Zuiko 70-300mm on the E-PL1
    has a faster AF than on my E-520 . Along with a good IQ.
    Maybe a better IQ than the E-520 . But I only took 3 shots so far.
    With the Robin picture the AF was way under 1 second. No bad considering the poor lighting.
    I am waiting for a sunny day to do some more testing.
    I just have to get used to the 70-300 lens size vs E-PL1 size :eek:
     
  6. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yup, the newer Micro Four-Thirds bodies give really nice image quality. Using the same glass as your older Four-Thirds cameras, you'll get nothing but better results. :)

    I'm totally with you on that! But I'm sure a lot of others will claim you can't use a manual focus lens for birding. After all, suggesting the use of a faster (lens speed) Four-Thirds lens for birding will undoubtedly raise comments that it can't be used because of slow autofocus, lol. I don't see the problem personally.
     
  7. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    This post has come just in time. I was about to sell my Oly 4/3 70-300 because I don't use it that often, but after seeing the pictures and comments on this post, I have taken pause.

    Some shots from the last year or so. With E-PL1 and Panny MA-1 Adapter.

    Bee_and_Flower. Duck_in_Pond. Butterfly_Side_View. Bird_in_Tree. Grey_Bird_2.
     
  8. WJW59

    WJW59 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2011
    Like every bird picture done before the introduction of autofocus? :biggrin:
     
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  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I have the E-M5 on the way. I think with the grip (when I can afford it) the size of the 70-300mm zuiko won't seem as unwieldy as it does on the E-P2. But I shot telephotos that looked like small artillery pieces on my diminutive OM-1, so provided you support the lens you can go pretty big.

    I've already taken bird photos with manual focus. Seems to me it's what nature photographers did once upon a time. I don't claim to be an accomplished nature photographer, but I got the shot below with a 1949 135mm Leitz Elmar f4.5; it doesn't seem too bad, and I know it's focused. On the E-P2.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    Not disbelieving you Ned I went out last evening to see how much faster
    AF and How much better IQ. About 10 shots with my E-520 and my E-PL1
    using the same Zuiko 70-300mm. It was poor lighting where the Zuiko 70-300mm usually Sux.

    Well ....... a noticeable AF speed and IQ improvement . :thumbup:

    Nice considering " I Think " the same sensor .

    IMO even if you don't have a 4/3 Zuiko 70-300mm Get one for your M43
     
  11. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Thanks, this thread was very helpful.
     
  12. pkeenan80

    pkeenan80 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 26, 2011
    Don't mean to sound stupid but I'm relatively new to this. How did you get a lens with an adapter to autofocus?? I thought you could only use manual focus when using adapters...

    thanks!
     
  13. RetroBoy

    RetroBoy Mu-43 Regular

    This lens is Four Thirds mount, so the (proper) adapter has all the same electrical contacts and so allows full aperture and focus control.

    Here's a few I took a couple of weeks ago with my E-PL2 and 70-300

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/retroboy07/7064358127/" title="Airshow2 by Retro.Boy.07, on Flickr"> 7064358127_3074be3333_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Airshow2"></a>

    This one through cyclone wire fencing:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/retroboy07/6918280182/" title="Airshow3 by Retro.Boy.07, on Flickr"> 6918280182_5bab3cf416_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Airshow3"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/retroboy07/7064357927/" title="Airshow4 by Retro.Boy.07, on Flickr"> 7064357927_bff4b8225c_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Airshow4"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/retroboy07/6918280008/" title="Airshow5 by Retro.Boy.07, on Flickr"> 6918280008_b6d4876569_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Airshow5"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/retroboy07/6918279876/" title="Airshow6 by Retro.Boy.07, on Flickr"> 6918279876_37fbbbb2fc_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Airshow6"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/retroboy07/7064319821/" title="Moon Feb 14 2012 by Retro.Boy.07, on Flickr"> 7064319821_c6b5b4d599_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Moon Feb 14 2012"></a>
     
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  14. pkeenan80

    pkeenan80 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 26, 2011
    ah ok... like i said im new to this! so roughly how much do these adapters cost? do you know of a good place to get one?
     
  15. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Any camera store will have one, even electronics stores like Best Buy. Electronics stores will be more limited though, and will likely sell you something like the MMF-2 which is the cheapest OEM make and also the lightest. It'll probably run you in the area of $150 direct from the store. I think you can get them for under $100 online, still new.

    I would however spend the few extra dollars (like $30 retail price) to get the new MMF-3, as it is weather sealed to match the OM-D body and the weather-sealed Zuiko lenses (all but the standard grade Zuiko lenses). Much better investment for the future.

    If you want the most affordable though, look up the Viltrox adapter on eBay. They are the first (well-known) third party adapter to carry all the proper electrical contacts.

    @RetroBoy: Love that first and third shot! Beautiful captures!
     
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  16. pkeenan80

    pkeenan80 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 26, 2011
    you guys are all so helpful, this is a great site... thanks!
     
  17. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    The mentioned MMF2 adaptor equivalent on Ebay is much cheaper, and going by the reviews it works well.
    I was deciding between this lens and an adaptor, or the Panasonic 100-300, and I narrowly ended up going for the Panasonic.
     
  18. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    Nice Pictures RetroBoy
    I Paid $ 60.00 for my Viltrox ( ebay )

    Here is 1 from a few nights ago ago
    Hmmmm..
    Should make my images Larger
     

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