Heron t Dusk-or why I am not getting the 40-150/2.8

Discussion in 'Nature' started by penfan2010, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Got a very good deal on a great condition Olympus 4/3 50-200 F2.8~3.5 SWD lens and MMW-3 adapter--essentially less than half the price of the new 45-150 2.8. It is bulky and heavy, much more so than my 75-300 MkII, but it is sharper on the long end and does much better in lower light conditions. Like the new pro lens, it is weather sealed as well. Stopped by a local lake this afternoon and caught this heron waiting for his evening meal. Shot with the E-M5, hand held, tripod collar removed from the zoom to make it more hand-holdable. All images are heavily-cropped despite the long focal length of the lens.



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  2. Kilauea

    Kilauea Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2012
    Nice timing with the fish.
    What settings were used ?
  3. manzoid

    manzoid Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    Sorry if this question has been repeated at lengths elsewhere, but how's the autofocus on the em5? Usable? That's the main thing that scares me off this lenses... And I wouldn't want to be limited to phase detect enabled Olympus bodies to get decent af out of the lens.
  4. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    I shot on aperture priority and Auto ISO., -1 to -1.7 EV compensation.
  5. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    The lens can hunt in low/ dim light, but seems reasonably fast in regular to bright light.
  6. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi, I believe people have reported that the focus hunting on non-PDAF bodies can damage the SWD motor.
    You might want to use MF in low light.

    Also consider the EC-14 if you need more reach (but will lose an f-stop).

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