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