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iMac
26th November 2010, 06:01 PM
Trying to decide what I want to do here, can't really afford a new 50-200 but there are some non SWD versions out there for sale at decent prices. So here is my question to you all.

If you have been an owner of both versions non SWD, & the SWD version which did you prefer and why? I know that they are both equal as far as optics go but is the focusing speed that much different between the two?

Thanks

j.baker
26th November 2010, 06:32 PM
I did have both versions. I sold my MK1 and kept the SWD version recently.

For most things the SWD is a getter lens, however I do wonder if the MK1 lens on a m4/3s adapter would be better for video. Although the motor noise may be too loud.

The MK1 is a great lens is you can get a cheap one.

iMac
28th November 2010, 10:05 PM
Thanks John, that is what I kind of figured I would get for an answer :) anyway looks like we have found ourselves a deal, $500 CAD which at todays exchange would be $315 GBP. The lens was purchased in early 2009 and looks to be mint so looks like we are going to have a early Christmas gift :) providing this transaction goes smoothly.

Zuiko
29th November 2010, 12:19 AM
That's a real bargain if it's as good as it sounds. :)

iMac
29th November 2010, 12:25 AM
Well I really hope so, deal has been done and all I can do is wait for it to show up in the mail in the next 3 - 5 days. The picture on the lens and everything that is included tripod collar, caps, & case looked to be like brand new, the lens mount showed no signs of any wear or marks so I would say looked after really well and perhaps not used much. Looking forward to trying it out, I like my 70-300 but it required good light to have good results hoping the 50-200 will perform better in those regards.

iMac
2nd December 2010, 01:00 PM
Well it has arrived in the mail this morning, very well packaged and it is in mint condition, doesn't look like it was used, will see if we can get a chance today to try it out, it's currently raining and my E-30 isn't water proof :) anyway so far I am a happy lad.

iMac
3rd December 2010, 01:38 AM
A few quick snaps to test the focusing etc. of the new to me lens, these were shot out the open side window in my car, it was really windy here today (rarely anything else here) as a rain storm rolled on through. I think I'm really going to enjoy this gem.

Thanks for looking.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PC021459-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/28995)

100 % crop

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PC021459.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/28996)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PC021473-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/28997)

100 % crop (Not sure I had the focus point in this crop or not it may of been to the left more)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PC021473.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/28998)

pepper
3rd December 2010, 08:17 AM
I bought a 50-200 non swd version recently and paid 400 delivered, so getting one for that price is great!

Trouble for me was the chap I was buying from had been made redundant, so I wasn't going to be haggling in a huge way as he was having to sell his equipment to make ends meet!

Ian
3rd December 2010, 10:27 AM
I compared the old and new versions of the 50-200 on FTU some time ago:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2008/04/comparing_the_digital_zuiko_50200_old_and_new.php

Optically, there are some minor differences to accommodate the SWD ring motor, but in practice there is really very little difference and both are excellent. The two main benefits of the SWD version are faster and quieter focusing (not that the Mk1 is noisy) and the SWD version has a beefed-up tripod collar (the Mk1 does flex slighly). Oh and the larger lens hood of the SWD version has a door so you can rotate a polarising filter without removing the hood.

Ian

iMac
3rd December 2010, 01:26 PM
I compared the old and new versions of the 50-200 on FTU some time ago:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2008/04/comparing_the_digital_zuiko_50200_old_and_new.php

Optically, there are some minor differences to accommodate the SWD ring motor, but in practice there is really very little difference and both are excellent. The two main benefits of the SWD version are faster and quieter focusing (not that the Mk1 is noisy) and the SWD version has a beefed-up tripod collar (the Mk1 does flex slighly). Oh and the larger lens hood of the SWD version has a door so you can rotate a polarising filter without removing the hood.

Ian

Thanks Ian, I had read the review along with a number of others on the web before I made the purchase. By the looks of the weather here I won't be getting many outdoor pic's but going to do some indoor portrait shots over the weekend so maybe I'll give it a little run over the weekend on some portraits.