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carlos
8th January 2011, 04:29 PM
Hi all

Hope I have posted this in the right place.

I currently have an E-450 digital SLR and currently looking at the Sigma 70-300mm lens. Can anyone tell me if this will mount onto my camera, and which fit is required: Canon or Nikon...or anything else? Needs to be Sigma or other cheaper alternatives to Olympus own as budget is tight.

I have looked at the usual photography places online for stockists such as Jessops etc. but if anyone knows of lesser known gems, I would be really grateful!


I am very new to photography so please bear with me!!


Many thanks in advance

Carl

Danny
8th January 2011, 04:45 PM
You may find the Sigma 70-300 hard to find in 4/3rds mount, which is the mount you need by the way. My advice would be to save for the Zuiko 70-300mm as this lens is stonkingly good for the money, and one of the best 70-300's there are out there.

Ebay would be your best bet for second hand Siggy's in four thirds fittings.

Hope this helps, and maybe someone on here knows of a stockist for Sigma kit in 4/3rds, so you might have some luck with another reply!

Danny

carlos
8th January 2011, 04:49 PM
thanks, i have had a look on e bay and there is plenty of choice however some of them say cannon fit and some say nikon fit, i take it as long as they are 4/3rds they will fit??

sorry if this is a silly question but still new to all this

carl

Danny
8th January 2011, 05:03 PM
Canon fit is for Canon cameras only, same with Nikon. Stay away from them, they will not fit your camera. Look for 4/3rds, sometimes referred to as Four Thirds or Olympus fit and you'll be fine.

Danny

peak4
8th January 2011, 05:21 PM
Carlos, don't worry, very few questions are silly (though the odd answer might be :rolleyes:)

Each manufacturer used their own unique mount; Olympus and Panasonic share the 4/3s standard mount for the full sized cameras and Micro 4/3s for the smaller Pen and G series.

Whilst it is possible to use an alternative mount on your Olympus camera, via an adaptor, the electronics aren't compatable. You would end up with a non autofocus, fully manual lens.
Don't make the mistake of going for Olympus OM mount lenses, they were for the film cameras and will only work on yours as manual lenses via an adaptor.

Sigma (http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/lenses/index_ft.htm) do still make a small number of lenses in 4/3s mount which retain full compatibility. There are also a few other discontinued ones which turn up second hand now and again.

The cheapest on ebay for a genuine Olympus one is about 235, though I don't know the seller.
I'd seriously consider having a word with Ian Kerr (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/member.php?u=264), Kerso on here and ebay (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/FLASH-CAMERA/OLYMPUS-LENSES-/_i.html?_fsub=14326523&_sid=5873291&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322). I think you will find his prices pretty competitive; better off ebay than on.


Welcome to the board by the way *chr

photo_owl
8th January 2011, 05:35 PM
You may find the Sigma 70-300 hard to find in 4/3rds mount, which is the mount you need by the way.

I don't believe the Sigma 70-300 was ever produced in 4/3rds mount.

carlos
8th January 2011, 05:52 PM
Carlos, don't worry, very few questions are silly (though the odd answer might be :rolleyes:)

Each manufacturer used their own unique mount; Olympus and Panasonic share the 4/3s standard mount for the full sized cameras and Micro 4/3s for the smaller Pen and G series.

Whilst it is possible to use an alternative mount on your Olympus camera, via an adaptor, the electronics aren't compatable. You would end up with a non autofocus, fully manual lens.
Don't make the mistake of going for Olympus OM mount lenses, they were for the film cameras and will only work on yours as manual lenses via an adaptor.

Sigma (http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/lenses/index_ft.htm) do still make a small number of lenses in 4/3s mount which retain full compatibility. There are also a few other discontinued ones which turn up second hand now and again.

The cheapest on ebay for a genuine Olympus one is about 235, though I don't know the seller.
I'd seriously consider having a word with Ian Kerr (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/member.php?u=264), Kerso on here and ebay (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/FLASH-CAMERA/OLYMPUS-LENSES-/_i.html?_fsub=14326523&_sid=5873291&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322). I think you will find his prices pretty competitive; better off ebay than on.


Welcome to the board by the way *chr
hi bill many thanks for the reply, very helpfull, i used the link that you put on to look at the sigma site and i have seen one 70 - 200 mm do you think one will work full on the e450??

once again many thanks

Danny
8th January 2011, 06:09 PM
I don't believe the Sigma 70-300 was ever produced in 4/3rds mount.

oooops! i was right then after all, he'll find it hard to find!

photo_owl
8th January 2011, 06:45 PM
hi bill many thanks for the reply, very helpfull, i used the link that you put on to look at the sigma site and i have seen one 70 - 200 mm do you think one will work full on the e450??

once again many thanks

the 70-200 is (was) made with a 43 mount and is an f2.8 lens.

it's a relatively good lens, whilst a little softer than the DZ50-200 it's faster

it's unlikely to meet your financial targets - but if you can get one for less than a 70-300 (or even close) grab it. If you don't want it tell us and someone here will grab it!

in many ways it's a lot better match for the 450 than the 70-300

Melaka
8th January 2011, 06:56 PM
Is it not the case that the Oly 70-300 is virtually a rebadged Sigma lens?

See www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/zd-070-300.html

Who's_E
8th January 2011, 07:05 PM
If you want a 70-300 then they come up on this forum quite often for under 200 so you could try waiting for one of those.

The 70-200 is a monster lens. As PhotoOwl said, it has a maximum aperture of f2.8 so is a very heavy (~1kg) lens and will cost a monster price. If you are looking at a maximum reach of 200mm then Sigma did make a 55-200mm lens for Fourthirds. It is really cheap and there is a review here:

http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/si-055-200.html

There is one on eBay for 150 here and they come up regularly. They used to be a lot cheaper so at that price I would lean towards saving for the Olympus as it is longer, better quality and will feel much better to use in terms of ergonomics.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SIGMA-55-200mm-F4-5-6-DC-LENS-ALL-OLYMPUS-DSLR-E3-/270689525299?pt=UK_CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_ CameraLensesFilters_JN&hash=item3f065a5e33#ht_893wt_932

Nick

Who's_E
8th January 2011, 07:12 PM
Is it not the case that the Oly 70-300 is virtually a rebadged Sigma lens?

See www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/zd-070-300.html

That's what I heard, too, except it zooms the "right" way.

N

carlos
8th January 2011, 07:21 PM
thanks guys all of the post have been very useful, in a ideal world i would want the 70 - 300 that olympus do so i think i will just have to wait and save some more money??

thanks again for all your help

Ross the fiddler
9th January 2011, 07:19 AM
I don't believe the Sigma 70-300 was ever produced in 4/3rds mount.

I believe there is some sort of design similarity of the Olympus ZD70-300 f4-5.6 lens to the Sigma one & if there was any co-operation between the 2 companies, then it would be unlikely that Sigma would produce & sell the same lens for 4/3s under its own name.