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TYS1977
10th September 2010, 06:11 PM
First thread,
First of all, my apologies for registering about two months ago and then disappearing into the mists,I've had a LOT on in my work and personal life,
But here I am.

I'm thinking of getting the 70-300mm Olympus lens for my E-500 I have the standard kit lens 14-45mm that came with it as well as the 40-150mm that came with it in the twin lens set.

I've wanted one of these for a while as I like visiting Airshows and I've also recently started getting into wildlife photography as well,

I'm very 'green' as regards to photography, I'd love to get into landscape as well at some point,

I've just got back from two weeks in the Highlands of Scotland and took a number of pics which I'll try and get round to posting for your opinions folks,

But for now can anyone recommend a good place to get hold of one, I've got some on ebay under watch for about
250 plus shipping,from Kerso,Digigood etc, are these reputable sellers,anyone here bought from them ?

I've seen mention in the threads regarding CASHBACK, is that still on?
What do I have to look out for regarding if the lens is imported or not???

Phew think that's it,
Sorry for such abig first post/thread but i'd really appreciate your opinions,

Kindest regards
Tys*chr

Graham_of_Rainham
10th September 2010, 06:23 PM
Hello & Welcome.

The 70-300 is a brilliant lens, so much so that my 40-150 is now up for sale and if I really needed the 40-70 range I can bolt on a 1.4x to get there. Ok so it's not super fast at focusing, but those of us that learned on manual lenses can often out shoot the AF guys simply by going manual & using the right techniques to get the shots we want.

The bonus is the "macro" focus capability and the switch for Manual Focus. There are some folk (Barr1e) who use it far more than me and to much greater effect.

Both the sellers you mention are ok. As are most on ebay with a good rep...

Have fun with it and do please show us the results

*chr

Graham_of_Rainham
10th September 2010, 06:25 PM
OR:

Get a new one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-ZUIKO-DIGITAL-ED-70-300mm/dp/B000SSLR5Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1284143065&sr=8-1

Graham_of_Rainham
10th September 2010, 06:29 PM
OR:

Better Still - ReCycle :)

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=10890

TYS1977
10th September 2010, 08:30 PM
Hi Graham,
Many thanks for the advice,
The ones I was watcing on ebay are new ones I believe from some of the photo shops on there,Arbroath cameras etc,Hadn't seen 'em on Amazon but will have a look,

Kindest regards
Tys

Nick Temple-Fry
10th September 2010, 09:15 PM
Hi Graham,
Many thanks for the advice,
The ones I was watcing on ebay are new ones I believe from some of the photo shops on there,Arbroath cameras etc,Hadn't seen 'em on Amazon but will have a look,

Kindest regards
Tys

Be aware that a lot of e-bay stuff is grey import - nothing wrong with that as the supplier will have paid the duty etc (or should have). But offers such as cashbacks are usually limited to European stock as the come out of the European marketing budget to sell lenses in Europe. They also don't get the 2'nd years warrantee - because again that's met from the European budget for......

Of course not all e-bay stock is grey, the supplier should tell you if you ask.

Nick

meach
10th September 2010, 09:37 PM
Try this thread:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=10890

from a member on here who's selling one.

TYS1977
11th September 2010, 05:42 PM
Spoke to one of the ebay guys (Kerso)
His lenses are imported from Olympus USA,
come with ONE year international warrenty
Price away from ebay

239.00 +10.00 p+p ???

what do you folks think,

Kindest regards
Tys

minar
11th September 2010, 05:57 PM
Hi have a 70-300 for sale exc condition boxed changed to nikon,sell for 180 pound that includes posting.

snaarman
13th September 2010, 07:49 AM
Well, I just recently joined the 70-300 club. It seems like everyone has a learning curve to get to grips with this well made monster, and now I see why. Wow! The 300mm end means a lot of magnification and you require great care to get the very best shots with it.

I find slrgear lens reviews to be generally quite accurate. http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1102/cat/15
They say if you want maximum sharpness you need to be stopped down 2 clicks - so thats f8 at the wide end and f11 at the 300mm end. This means its a bright day lens.

I gave it a good try out in sunshine yesterday (at a social event, I won't post the people shots here) and it certainly did the business. You can pick out head and shoulder shots from across the crowd and if you obey the f stop rules, the results are pin sharp.

So: Having said all that it beats me how I got this picture

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/614/1009121047001.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/26916)

handheld at 300mm and 1/80 second. :)


More 70-300 shots as I learn the ropes...

Pete

TYS1977
13th September 2010, 10:49 AM
ORDERED ! :)

Got one coming from Digigood 245.00 +9.99 next day del,

Thanks for all the advice guys, very much appreciated,
Snaarman that pic looks great, I appreciate I'm not going to get razor sharp images straight from the box,I'll have to work up to that,but depending on how I get to grips with this over the week I'm going to head to Southport on Sunday for the airshow,or at the very least to the side of Blackpool runway to watch 'em coming in and out.

Just an additional thought,what kind of filters do you guys use on your lenses,I have a Hoya Skylight on each of my other lenses that came with the E-500 but I was wondering about the UV lenses, are they any good?,I believe they can reduce haze when shooting landscape,but are they noticable any other time ie can I leave it on the lens?

Thanks again folks
Kindest regards *chr
Tys

snaarman
13th September 2010, 10:56 AM
Just an additional thought,what kind of filters do you guys use on your lenses,I have a Hoya Skylight on each of my other lenses that came with the E-500 but I was wondering about the UV lenses, are they any good?,I believe they can reduce haze when shooting landscape,but are they noticable any other time ie can I leave it on the lens?

Thanks again folks
Kindest regards *chr
Tys

You'll find half of us never use filters at all, and the other half won't go out without a UV filter attached...

See, that helped didn't it :-)

Pete

TYS1977
13th September 2010, 11:00 AM
You'll find half of us never use filters at all, and the other half won't go out without a UV filter attached...

See, that helped didn't it :-)

Pete

*yes*yes*yes lol
So it's kind of a personal preference thing then ?

Kindest regards *chr
Tys

Kittykat23uk
14th September 2010, 10:57 AM
Spoke to one of the ebay guys (Kerso)
His lenses are imported from Olympus USA,
come with ONE year international warrenty
Price away from ebay

239.00 +10.00 p+p ???

what do you folks think,

Kindest regards
Tys

Got mine from him. Had to send the first one back because it was broken. Second one arrived the day after they received the first one back, very speedy but haven't received a refund on the cost of shipping it back yet. The second one works fine though (well, I think so anyway but I'm not very good with it yet!):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kittykat23uk/sets/72157624813233937/

meach
14th September 2010, 12:17 PM
*yes*yes*yes lol
So it's kind of a personal preference thing then ?

Kindest regards *chr
Tys

Sort of. There was a very, er, in depth discussion on this subject on here a couple of months ago which you may find interesting:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=8955&highlight=filter

TYS1977
14th September 2010, 05:50 PM
Well it's arrived,
Now the learning begins,got a day off tommorow so might pop out and about to try it out :)

Kindest regards *chr
Tys

TYS1977
15th September 2010, 11:53 AM
Harumph :mad:
Gale force winds and lashing rain...........
Was going to head over to Manchester to the Viewing park to try and see the A380.... ah well there's Southport at the weekend..sigh.

Kindest regards *chr
Tys

snaarman
15th September 2010, 12:01 PM
Now that's strange. Its been lousy weather since my 70-300 arrived. Is there something we should know? :)

Meogeo
15th September 2010, 12:08 PM
Now that's strange. Its been lousy weather since my 70-300 arrived. Is there something we should know? :)

Yep its not waterproof ;)

TYS1977
15th September 2010, 02:47 PM
Now that's strange. Its been lousy weather since my 70-300 arrived. Is there something we should know? :)

Oh don't say that :) I feel like a little kid at the mo on Christmas day who can't play out with his new toy because it's raining :)

Hopefully the weekend will be clearer

Kindest regards
Tys

snaarman
17th September 2010, 05:28 PM
Here's a closer shot taken with this versatile lens :

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/614/10091712430012.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/27005)

This is at the 70mm end, wide open and quite close.

And now for something completely different:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/614/62170303A.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/27012)

That is the 70-300 at the long end with the EC14 and its a 1600 pixel crop from the middle of the frame. This was with anti-shock, on the big tripod and stopped well down.
It turns out that the Moon is a lot smaller than I thought.

Pete

Wee man
17th September 2010, 08:00 PM
Great moon shot

TYS1977
17th September 2010, 10:10 PM
Great shots Snaarman,
Love the Moon shot, I'm going to have to try that myself mate

Kindest regards *chr

Tys

snaarman
18th September 2010, 08:57 AM
Just an observation: I used tripod, live view and manual focus (there is no other way I suspect)

With 425mm focal length and x10 on live view manual focus, the moon is moving across your screen as you are trying to focus..:eek:

Furthermore individual clicks of the focus motor matter at this magnification...

Good luck!

Pete

Phaedrus
12th January 2011, 09:31 PM
GREAT moon shot! For an entry-level lens, that's pretty impressive, even if only on a web page. I'd be well chuffed with that.

Gotta get saving for a 620 & 30-700mm . . .


Mark

David Morison
12th January 2011, 10:50 PM
The main problem I had with my 70-300mm was when photographing small birds amongst branches etc. The move around so rapidly that the AF cannot cope on S-AF or C-AF. Under these circumtances MF is not that brilliant either. However if you have a subject that poses for you then all is fine:- taken through a moving (very slowly) car window and some of the softness taken out in PSE7

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/Barn-owl_-Fulbeck-25-Feb-09.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/29624)

David

Phaedrus
12th January 2011, 11:21 PM
Such great light in that shot! Nice.

I guess the 70-300 would struggle then, attempting to lock in on a moving subject, in a moving environment, with the photographer on a moving platform? Like snapping a whale in the sea from a boat, for example . . . :)


Mark

OlyPaul
13th January 2011, 09:09 AM
Yes definatly one of my favourite lenses. :D


http://olypaul.smugmug.com/Animals/Bird/2010-11-26-10-52-22/1132490543_eGANQ-L.jpg

Falk
13th January 2011, 11:33 AM
The 70-300 seldom comes off my camera body. I have shot thousands of photos with it so far and mostly with the longer side of it, tele and macro. I try to restrict it to 250mm for better sharpness when I can, but most of the time I need the range and zoom out all the way. A light and very versatile lens. I am thinking of getting me a second one, just in case something happens to the one I have ...
http://www.broadheads.de/Bilder/Viecherpics/Federviecher/Parus_cristatus_G4028_600.jpg
Crested Tit (Parus cristatus), at 300mm, F7.1, monopod, almost uncropped

Falk

TYS1977
14th January 2011, 11:13 AM
Well it's been a while since I posted, been bunged up with colds,Toncillitus and numerous other ailments over Christmas :(

A few from the last part of 2010 using the 70-300

Tornado at Tebay in Cumbria
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/photo/data/500/Tebay_Tonka.JPG

Hawk at Tebay in Cumbria
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/photo/data/500/5ffs.JPG

Tornado at Tebay,Going away shot
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/photo/data/500/8ffs.JPG

Tornado at Tebay in poor light
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/photo/data/500/TONKA_3.JPG

Tornado at Tebay
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/photo/data/500/TONKA_2.JPG

Harrier going away shot at Dunmail Raise in Lake District (Bit of PS on colours)
Going to miss these guys immensely now they've retired them early :(
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/photo/data/500/12ffs.jpg

Happy New year everyone :)

My shots are far from perfect,but I'm hoping to improve over the year to come and also hoping for better light,which is where I'm failing at the mo as well,

Kindest regards
Mark

catkins
14th January 2011, 02:43 PM
Good to see Mark a few new aircraft shots - love the colours in the Thirlmere / Dunmail Raise shot, and those Harriers are certainly going to be a big miss for the air enthusiasts amongst us.

Hopefully you'll get lots of opportunities out and about with the 70-300mm this year. It's been a great value godsend to me in sometimes difficult conditions, giving me photo opportunities (such as my recent Apache Longbow photos) that wouldn't be generally feasible without very expensive kit. That said, I'm now looking a various options re lenses as difficult lighting seems to be a regular issue for my excursions.
Anyhow keep the photos coming.

Regards
Chris

Phaedrus
14th January 2011, 02:58 PM
Wow! Some great plane shots there.

So I guess it's fair to say that if one were going to be shooting often & regularly in less than ideal, or variable light, and had notions of publishing, the 50-200 SWD (with or without the EC-14) could be preferrable, but that given good light, the 70-300 is easily capable of very good results for most hobbyists, who might enlarge as far as A3?

catkins
14th January 2011, 04:02 PM
Wow! Some great plane shots there.

So I guess it's fair to say that if one were going to be shooting often & regularly in less than ideal, or variable light, and had notions of publishing, the 50-200 SWD (with or without the EC-14) could be preferrable, but that given good light, the 70-300 is easily capable of very good results for most hobbyists, who might enlarge as far as A3?


Mark

If you're interested in avaition type photography, have a look at my WebAlbums at http://picasaweb.google.com/2catkins - you'll get some idea of how the 70-300mm. copes with different conditions. There are about six "Aircraft" albums to look at: most of these photos will have been taken with the Oly 70-300mm, with key details being shown on the rhs of the Picasa Web Album page. Sun definitely helps, as it would for any lens though.
A 300mm lens can be a minimum for a lot of aviation photos (but that depends on the type of aviation photography), low light is often a reality, so small aperture numbers of f2.8 etc., are very useful. A 50-200 SWD is a lens that I might consider plus a 1.4x teleconverter perhaps, but cost is everything!

Regards
Chris

TYS1977
14th January 2011, 08:53 PM
Some great shots there Chris,
Think I've spoke to you on FC as well haven't I ?
Love the Apache shots,

More to come
Kindest regards
Mark

catkins
14th January 2011, 09:08 PM
Yes
& Ta!

As you'll see on FC we're having some fun with the Apache at the moment - not often that we can choose from two locations close to Tynedale for aviation photography. The trouble is I'm choosing the slightly dull days to go out and about, while the others are choosing the sunny days, and of course it is that rather than the camera brand that makes all the difference!! :D
So if you want to try your hand at helis, there's still another week of them at either Spade or Otterburn

Regards
Chris