ZD 150mm ƒ2.0, a park, and why I shoot Olympus

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    Loren
    I feel the same way. Great account and great shots!
     
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    Larry
    I am very pleased with the output of my EC20 and 150f2, wide open. Enough that I don't know if I am going to bother with the 300f4.

    150+EC20 f4
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    The 150 on its own is a bit sharper but I can live with the EC20.

    150f2 @ f2
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    Larry
    It is a very versatile lens:

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    Walter
    All the shots are great, but I love no. 4 with those OOF water drops and bubbles. So cool. That 150 f2 is a fantastic lens, as is your skilled use of it. :)
     
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    I agree, it is very versatile. The 150 with EC-20 probably is good enough, I am just to critical knowing how crazy sharp it is with no TC. The 300 is suppose to be sharper then the SHG stuff, even if it is just as sharp (or even close) it will be a huge improvement and one that I cannot pass up. Plus, with the TC it gives even more reach and the close focus is amazing (I really like shooting the larger small things like frogs, snakes, dragonflies, etc.). I will continue to carry the 150 and EC-14 with me because I really do need shorter focal lengths for a lot of my stuff.
     
  12. VooDoo64

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    Davor Vojvoda
    i would stay on 150 f/2 aka small Tuna because its old school SHG gem and is f/2 on 150mm - its lens form the time where you got to make lens excellent opticly because there was no software correction in body like today and also dont forget that with 150 f/2 you got 150 f/2 and 300 f/4 and with 300 f/4 PRO you have 300 f/4 and 420 f/5.6 but you dont have f/2 - for me 150 f/2 is far better and far more versatile lens you have lens for night shooting ( f/2 ), 150, 210 and 300mm, and far shallow depth option, ect..
     
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    Great shots and a really nice description to go with them. I really like the snakes, but my favorite is #25. Almost abstract, but very arresting.
     
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  15. Bomber

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    Hi Larry , some really nice photos in amongst them. Sure does look like you had a great day.
    Cheers Glen
     
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  16. nstelemark

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    Larry
    For me the real reason to use the 300f4 would be the 1.4 TC but the testing with that is pretty poor. Also the SLR gear tests show the 300f4 only keeps up with the 150f2 but does not exceed it, and this is the kicker, their testing of the 150f2 was with a 10MP body vs a 16MP body for the 300f4.
     
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  17. LowriderS10

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    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Nice shots!! I especially like the croc (alligator?) one!

    Also...love your enthusiasm...I've been curious about this for a while...does the E-M1 take ZD lenses WITHOUT an adapter? Can ZD lenses be made to work on an E-M5?
     
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  18. nstelemark

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    Larry
    The E-M1 needs a mount adapter to use the 4/3 lenses but they AF well with the PDAF on chip. The E-M5 is effectively MF only with 4/3 lenses IMO (except for the select few CDAF optimized lenses which do not include the SHG lenses).


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  19. Speedliner

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    Rob
    Welcome back, we missed you.

    Great write up. Enjoyed the story. I can see why you like MFT so much.

    I had a chance to buy the 150,2 for $1200 not too long ago. I wish I'd grabbed it. It would be the perfect lens for shooting my daughter's ballet. Since I already own both TCs it makes sense for me to go that route rather than 300,4. You've convinced me. Now to find one again.
     
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  20. RMills

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    Excellent series and work! I like your narrative and tend to do the same. Really looking forward to the 300 f4 also, gonna be a long 6 weeks! Been staking a snowy owl that winters in my area, just can't get close enough with the 40-150 pro + TC!
     
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