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Telephto lens recommendations?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by battleaxe, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    What do you guys recommend for a lens(prim preferred) that is larger than 200m, but 310 max. I would think an aperture of around f5.6 wouldn't make it that large. Thank you.
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I would go for a 200mm f/4. The OM Zuiko 200mm/4 is very nice, and very compact.

    There are a lot of good lenses in the 300mm range, but the ones I would pick are larger with wider apertures. The 200mm range has a nice range of compact lenses.
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  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    The Pentax Super Takumar 200/4 is also really nice. The Konica 200/3.5 is one of the sharpest legacy 200's I've used lately.
  4. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Well 200mm is a bit short me as I have a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm F3.5 lens and I am starting to find that is a little on the short side. I think something in the 250-270mm range? I think Canon(and Tamron) has some digital lens that end at 250mm, but do they have a legacy lens in the 270mm range?

    I noticed there is a Vivitar 75-250mm lens, is there a Series 1 or Tamron SP(actually any high quality) variant of this zoom range? Thanks.
  5. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    There are nice 250mm primes and zooms, but you expressed a concern with size. Olympus made a very nice Zuiko 250mm f/2, but it is very large. There are also a lot of 300mm f/2.8 lenses, but they are also very large. A 400mm f/5.6 you said was too long. If you're looking at zoom lenses, that's counter-productive to a compact size. The 200mm f/4 lenses are very compact, and you can always add a teleconverter if it's too short for you. A 1.4x teleconverter will turn a 200mm/4 into a 280mm/5.6... similar to a 70-300mm f/4-5.6. Or why not add a 1.4x converter to your Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm? It'll be a half-stop faster. If that's too large a combination, then you're back to the primes for a more compact solution.
  6. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Well size is not really an issue, unless the lens is too large. Personally, it would be nice to see all my options in the between 200-300mm range. The Zuiko 250mm f2 does look to be a nice lens, and I think I can work with the size too. How is the quality from it? I also noticed there is a newer 90-250mm f2.8 Olympus lens, but at an asking price of $5,224, it's a bit out of range for me. I think it would be nice to see something like that in a m4/3 variant, something like a 80-250mm f3.5(or even f4 could work) lens, at a fair price, would be perfect for me. I also noticed there is a Zuiko 50-250mm f5 lens, is that any good? I saw a sample or two from it, but I can't seem to find more. Thank you.
  7. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Any other suggestions, ideas?
  8. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
  9. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    There's not a huge difference between the various 300/4.5 lenses. The newer ones have better coatings, but otherwise, whichever fits your budget should do the trick. The Nikon 300/4.5 H (pre-AI) can be had for ~$100 from KEH.

  10. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I couldn't find the Nikkor 300mm f4.5 ED-IF on eBay, only the larger and slower non-IF model. Not sure what you definition of cheap is, but the non-IF model is going for $300 on ebay, which is a bit pricey for legacy lens in that class and size.

    How is the Tamron 75-250mm f:3.8 -4.5 for OM Olypmus cameras? What about the Olympus OM ZUIKO 85-250mm F5, how is that lens?
  11. punkman

    punkman Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2011
    How about the Samyang 500mm f6.3?

    I saw these photos taken with this lens, was very impressed. Although it will probably be hard to focus with this handheld.

    PANTIP.COM : O8636321 ++++ TEST DRIVE

    Has that donut-shaped bokeh, I think it looks nice here: http://topicstock.pantip.com/camera/topicstock/2009/12/O8636321/O8636321-34.jpg


    This lens seems like a bargain at less than $150.

  12. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Not wide enough for me. I am looking on the 200+ to 300mm range, but thank you.
  13. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Any other 250mm or 30mm lens suggestions? Nothing in the F3.5, or even F4 range? Thanks.
  14. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I got mine for $AU250. Only a few months back I saw one go for $AU160. On Australian eBay.

    Here is one located in America. Looks like its missing its tripod collar. May not be important to you. $US209.

    Nikon 300mm F4.5 ED AIS Lens | eBay
  15. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    That is a bit more than I would prefer to spend, but thank you for the suggestion. Anything else to look at? I think I care more about sharpness, clarity, and focus ability over anything else. Well maybe contrast to a lesser extent, but I am sure I can do some work in ACR to adjust an image to my liking. Thanks.
  16. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Jonathan F/2 just posted a thread today about using his Nikkor 300mm f/4 on his PEN, including samle image and photo of the combination. It looked quite imprssive.
  17. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Too expensive for the poster. Sounds like he is on a sub $US200 budget which will limit him greatly unfortunately.
  18. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I saw the thread, and that lens looks pretty impressive. So, then what are my options under the $200 range? Nothing in a f4 or f4.5 250mm lens?
  19. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The lens I was using was the latest 300 f/4 AFS. Surprisingly the older versions are just as good.

    I'd seriously keep an eye out for the Nikon 300mm f/4.5 AIS. This lens is just as sharp as the modern version. It lacks an ED element which only affects contrast. I bought one a couple months ago from Ebay for $120. B&H has this used one listed for $229 if you really need to buy one soon.

    Used Nikon Telephoto 300mm f/4.5 AIS Manual Focus Lens 1470 B&H

    I'd also consider the Nikon 75-300 AF lens. It's not as fast aperture-wise but it has an aperture ring and is actually pretty sharp. This an older all metal built lens.

    75-300mm nikon af | eBay

    Both these lenses come with tripod collars.
  20. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Both those lenses look pretty nice, but they are a bit over my budget. Anything else besides Nikons that are sharp that are within my requirements?