Olympus lenses

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by lakota, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. lakota

    lakota Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2013
    I would like to buy a zoom lens for bird photography and something which will also take good macro, I have the 60mm 2.8 macro lens but this does not get me close enough to dragonflies.

    I have been looking at the olympus 70-300
    the 100-300 panasonic 100-300 f4-5.6 vario
    and also the olympus four thirds 50-200 2.8with adapter the old model

    I realise the 50-200 is heavy but it will be supported by tripod or monopod
    the other lenses as far as I know do not have tripod support

    I also don't mind manual focusing in fact I prefer it
    can you advise please on what you think I should get I will be using it with the OMD E M5

  2. fdifulco

    fdifulco Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 28, 2011
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    with my version, the 50-200 non SWD version aka 'the beast' does work but you have to use manual focus. auto focus is not reliable. it takes some practice to get the touch for it.
  3. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    The 70-300mm 4/3rds does have a close focus mode. But close focusing is not what you want for dragonflies. i find the Panny 100-300mm very ample for dragonflies. The Oly 75-300mm/Panny 100-300mm is probably what you should get unless you need the f2.8-3.5 speed, but you'll lose 100mm at the long end.
  4. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    I have had my share of frustration with the 50-200 focus. MF is the way to go unfortunately. It balances well on a tripod with the tripod mount.

    Tonight I decided to try a 75-300 and I did some test shots with the 50-200. the 75-300 is light, and quick to focus. Unfortunately it is less sharp at 300 than the 200 cropped to match, and this was with the 200 at higher ISO than necessary to match the 75-300.

    So if you want sharp and are willing to MF the 50-200 is the way to go without question (and it is weather sealed as a bonus).
  5. lakota

    lakota Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2013
    Thanks very much everyone for your thoughts, but still not sure what to go for, downside for the 50-200 is weight and manual focus, and not so long the 100-300 no tripod mount but autofocus and better reach and light, the 50-200 secondhand I can get for 400 euro with micro four thirds mount and same price for the 100-300 secondhand very good condition with hood, probably go for the 100-300 because of the weight
  6. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
  7. lakota

    lakota Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2013

    Thank you all for your kind help I have decided to go for the pan 100-300 so I hope i have made the right decision, my 60mm macro works very well but I need something to give me distance as dragonflies can be spooked very easily and are very fast.

    thanks once again

    best wishes

    Roger EmeraldDamselfly.
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