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

penfan2010

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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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manzoid

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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.
 

penfan2010

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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.
The lens can hunt in low/ dim light, but seems reasonably fast in regular to bright light.
 

barry13

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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).

Barry
 

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