Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 SWD First Impressions

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Phocal, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    So, my lens arrived yesterday and this morning I headed over to a nearby area of Lake Houston where I knew I could find a few birds to test it out on. Overall I am really happy with the lens. I only tested it with the 1.4x TC attached, is how I will mostly be using it so it can replace my m4/3 75-300. It focuses a little slower than my 75-300, but not that much slower and is perfect for my current needs. I am glad I went with the SWD version just because of the mechanical focus and the ability to manual focus using continual focus. The images seemed to need less work in post because of the better contrast from the lens and they just seemed to have more pop then the 75-300.

    Olympus E-M1, ZD 50-200 SWD, EC-14, 1/1600 @ ƒ4.8, 208mm (effective 417mm)
    The Miss.
     
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  2. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 2, 2010
    Arizona
    It is a wonderful lens. I first went for the non-SWD and quickly found the SWD version. The mechanical focus makes the lens that much nicer, as well as firmware 3.0.
     
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  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    That image is great, you are utilizing it well. I dream of being able to get a heron image that good. They always seem to elude me or I don't have long enough glass to reach them like you've done above.

    Thanks for sharing. :D
     
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  4. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Great shot!
     
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  5. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    With firmware 3.0 I am really happy with my SWD........well worth the money and glad I got it over the 40-150 Pro.
     
  6. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Thank you. Practice and patients is how you get close enough to them. When I first got my EM5 all I had was the kit lens and a Nikon adapter. Was waiting for my Canon adapter to come in so I could use my FD 400mm. Anyways, the only other lens I had was my 105mm Lester Dine macro in Nikon mount (is my only Nikon mount lens). I had to crawl on the ground and sneak behind trees and bushes to get close enough to get this photograph:



    Because of the circumstances behind getting it, it is still my favorite Blue Heron photo.
     
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  7. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    505
    Jul 2, 2010
    Arizona
    I still desire the Pro lens, if for nothing else the smaller, non-extending body. But I know I would miss the extra range.

    I am very pleased with the performance of the combo and am actually looking at other legacy options, 12-60, 7-14 or 11-22. While larger, they are weather sealed and in the 12-60's case, half the price of the 12-40 pro.
     
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  8. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    There are a few of the 4/3 lenses that I would like to get. Actually think my next lens will be the ZD ED 150mm ƒ2.0. I want the Pro lens but will wait until next year and try to get it used for around $1,000. It really is not long enough for me, so until the 300 ƒ4.0 comes out I will just keep using the SWD as my wildlife lens. Yes, that extra 50mm is a huge difference because it is an effective 100mm more reach.
     
  9. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I ordered a used 50-200mm SWD in like new condition from KEH just before visiting the forum today. I've purchased lenses from KEH before and the condition has always exceeded my expectations. I'm anxious to try it out.

    I thought long and hard about a new 40-150mm vs. a good used 50-200mm. In the end, the 50-200mm with its extra reach felt like the right way to go. There's no doubt that the 40-150mm is sharp, but the 50-200mm delivers some beautiful results as well. At less than half the cost of the 40-150mm, it was no contest. Now I can put the savings towards the 16-35mm for my a7R.:wink:
     
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  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    That's what I call dedication.
     
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  11. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I've thought long & hard over this too & got my used one from a seller in Japan at the beginning of March. It was a desired lens when I was using the E30 (DSLR) but bought the E-M5 instead at the time. Now that I also have the E-M1 & the improvement of firmware 3.0 I'm pleased I went ahead buying the lens (from Japan) this year.

    Here's a photo of a rare visit from a Tawny Frogmouth taken on the E-M1 & 50-200 SWD lens..
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  12. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Hi Ronnie,

    If you don't mind me asking, where did you get your 50-200? New, used on eBay, or from another source?

    Thanks,
    Walter
     
  13. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Walter,

    I got mine used on Ebay. Watched auctions for about month trying to get a good deal, it paid off and I got my SWD for just of the going rate of the non-SWD.

    Ronnie
     
  14. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    Got my swd on eBay for $500 from Olympusgal. A price I couldn't ignore.
     
  15. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Thanks. KEH has it for more, but they offer guarantees.
     
  16. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    The advantage of KEH is the guarantee they provide. I took a chance and got mine on eBay for $400. Same person also had the EC-14, which I got for $100.
     
  17. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Wow, great prices. Thanks.
     
  18. evilnim

    evilnim Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 27, 2012
    Birmingham
    For those of you who've used both SWD and non-SWD versions on EM-1, is there a significant difference?

    Thanks


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  19. evilnim

    evilnim Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 27, 2012
    Birmingham
    Don't worry - just found the previous thread on this!


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  20. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    505
    Jul 2, 2010
    Arizona
    These are fantastic lenses on the E-M1, if you have any question about it, just look at the results here and in other threads. I've got mine for sale in the buy/sell ... great price for the lens/adapter combo.