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mike_j
20th February 2013, 03:06 PM
I have paid a deposit for one of these with Camera World but can't find any hands on tests of them yet. Anyone know where real life samples can be seen? Delivery is vaguely promised as March.

The Technician
20th February 2013, 03:53 PM
I have only seen this:
http://www.damianmcgillicuddy.com/journal/

lizziebea
23rd February 2013, 06:30 PM
It's on the Olympus website and I was wondering whether anyone had seen it too. Also elsewhere someone is muttering about a 30-100mm@ f2 which I would find preferable. Rumours rumours!

Ian
8th March 2013, 11:34 PM
I have had clarification from Olympus in Japan that the only major difference between the original 75-300 and the Mark 2 is that the newer version has the improved Zero lens coatings. Oh, and the new version is more affordable than the old one! :)

Ian

Ross the fiddler
9th March 2013, 05:50 AM
I have had clarification from Olympus in Japan that the only major difference between the original 75-300 and the Mark 2 is that the newer version has the improved Zero lens coatings. Oh, and the new version is more affordable than the old one! :)

Ian

Yes, it is much more affordable, thankfully. :rolleyes: :D For other Aussies reading this, I have been informed by Ante at Olympus Imaging Australia (on their very small forum) "I am happy to advise the pricing is now available and the RRP is $599. Stock is expected mid March." It seems that only 3 of us that have commented in the thread actually know of the price & no supplier yet. They don't seem to be hurrying too much over this to get the price out to the retailers as some online sellers are quoting an estimated price much higher for preorders. Still, it will be nice when it is finally available as one particular shop front & online seller in Sydney has said he would be selling it with 15% off the RRP. It mightn't be the brightest lens around but will still be nice to have in my kit.

*chr

Invicta
9th March 2013, 09:15 AM
Some sample images with the 75-300 Mk2 on this web page:

http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/galleries/sample-images/olympus/34920/1/olympus-m-75-300mm-f4-8-6-7-ii.html

A quick look suggests the lens is better than I was expecting it to be given the price.

lizziebea
9th March 2013, 09:17 AM
Thanks Ian. I have already bought one at Focus in Imaging for 338 from Camera World. Only thing is that they had run out of most things OMD and I am waiting for the postman - free!

We'll just have to see whether it is a lens for things stable - like landscapes - or whether it will take things moving - like the red kites with which I had so much trouble with the full size 50-200, together with the OMD5. I am not hopeful.

Incidentally the chat from Olympus at Focus - cos they don't know nuffin either - is that Olympus had taken the new E7 to the Olympics and were so unsatisfied that they have taken it away and are doing a full rewrite. They must have found the same difficulties I had with things moving. So here's hoping a perfect camera for the E7 - due September I believe.

Liz

Ian
9th March 2013, 09:47 AM
Thanks Ian. I have already bought one at Focus in Imaging for 338 from Camera World. Only thing is that they had run out of most things OMD and I am waiting for the postman - free!

We'll just have to see whether it is a lens for things stable - like landscapes - or whether it will take things moving - like the red kites with which I had so much trouble with the full size 50-200, together with the OMD5. I am not hopeful.

Incidentally the chat from Olympus at Focus - cos they don't know nuffin either - is that Olympus had taken the new E7 to the Olympics and were so unsatisfied that they have taken it away and are doing a full rewrite. They must have found the same difficulties I had with things moving. So here's hoping a perfect camera for the E7 - due September I believe.

Liz

Let us know how you get on with your new 75-300; I'm just pleased that there doesn't seem to be any sign of cost-cutting with the new version to get the price down, in fact the new Zero coatings should make it even better than it was.

I managed to get some reasonable results with the E-M5 and Panny 100-300 photographing Red Kites. Using the high speed sequential shooting mode is a boon. If anything the 75-300 should work better as it doesn't slow the camera down like the 100-300 does.

Ian

lizziebea
9th March 2013, 09:58 AM
I tried the high speed sequential mode with the OMD and 50-200mm and the EVF went blank after the first shot so I couldn't see what was going on and lost the bird. I was so angry

Ross the fiddler
9th March 2013, 10:03 AM
I managed to get some reasonable results with the E-M5 and Panny 100-300 photographing Red Kites. Using the high speed sequential shooting mode is a boon. If anything the 75-300 should work better as it doesn't slow the camera down like the 100-300 does.

Ian

I think advice from some have been to change the EVF frame rate to double which can also give a faster focus lock (increasing the speed to find something of contrast to lock onto), especially if using CAF-T in certain applications (that would be for slow moving subjects ;) ). Would this be correct?

Ross the fiddler
9th March 2013, 10:09 AM
I have already bought one at Focus in Imaging for 338 from Camera World.
Liz

That's a very good purchasing price. At todays conversion rate (at the moment with the dropping & the Aussie dollar climbing), that puts it about AU$493 & the best price I think I'll be able to get it (at the moment) would be for $509.

*chr

lizziebea
9th March 2013, 10:38 AM
Thanks Ross. I've just adjusted the frame rate so we'll see.
RTFM

Liz

Ross the fiddler
9th March 2013, 11:19 AM
Thanks Ross. I've just adjusted the frame rate so we'll see.
RTFM

Liz

I don't think it will make the 50-200 focus faster though as all 4/3's lenses don't focus all that fast on M4/3's cameras & SWD lenses may not focus reliably (I don't have any) & might even take longer than CF optimised lenses (like the 14-54 II, 14-42 & 40-150 etc.). Only the latest (Contrast Focus) M4/3's lenses would really benifit from that & of course, helpful when taking video. Another hint (when saving jpeg & raw or just raw) is to use Vivid picture mode giving more contrast detail which is also used in focussing & that can give more reliable focus locking.

EDIT: 4/3's lenses might also slow down the frame rate in sequential shooting because of the aperture blades operation (especially when stopped down).
*chr

David M
9th March 2013, 01:41 PM
I notice Ian made no comment on the E-7 being at the Olympics so it must be true. :D

So the E-7 must be built on an existing body if no one spotted it. :D

Ian
9th March 2013, 04:01 PM
Haha - first I heard about a special new camera Olympus camera being trialled at the Olympics was on this forum this week - I can't be clearer than that! :)

Ian

Ian
9th March 2013, 04:03 PM
EDIT: 4/3's lenses might also slow down the frame rate in sequential shooting because of the aperture blades operation (especially when stopped down).
*chr

That's correct, but the Panny 100-300 never allows the E-M5 to shoot at top speed, even at full aperture - at least that's my experience.

Ian

yorky
10th March 2013, 11:34 AM
Very interested in your comments, I too am thinking of speculating on one as I recently sold all my E5 and lenses in favour of going on to the EPL5 systym

Ross the fiddler
13th March 2013, 11:59 AM
Yes, it is much more affordable, thankfully. :rolleyes: :D For other Aussies reading this, I have been informed by Ante at Olympus Imaging Australia (on their very small forum) "I am happy to advise the pricing is now available and the RRP is $599. Stock is expected mid March." It seems that only 3 of us that have commented in the thread actually know of the price & no supplier yet. They don't seem to be hurrying too much over this to get the price out to the retailers as some online sellers are quoting an estimated price much higher for preorders. Still, it will be nice when it is finally available as one particular shop front & online seller in Sydney has said he would be selling it with 15% off the RRP. It mightn't be the brightest lens around but will still be nice to have in my kit.

*chr

That's a very good purchasing price. At todays conversion rate (at the moment with the dropping & the Aussie dollar climbing), that puts it about AU$493 & the best price I think I'll be able to get it (at the moment) would be for $509.

*chr

At last Olympus Australia has finally notified retailers of the RRP today & I've pre-ordered it at 10% off RRP for $539. I know the street price will come down but I can't wait for that. There is one event next month I may go to.
http://www.ironfest.net/lithgow
And maybe get another photo like this one, but on a real camera (the OM-D of course ;) ) with the new 75-300 II lens.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2005_0524IronFest20050016s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/58600)
(Taken on a superzoom P&S). A lucky shot for her, ;) but she was supposed get him in the shield on his shoulder, not his head! :rolleyes:

Ross the fiddler
28th March 2013, 11:42 AM
At last Olympus Australia has finally notified retailers of the RRP today & I've pre-ordered it at 10% off RRP for $539. I know the street price will come down but I can't wait for that.

I received my lens yesterday & have posted my first photos with it in this thread. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?p=222160#post222160

OM USer
10th April 2013, 03:31 PM
2 questions here about the new lens:
Does the new Mk II lens suffer from lens creep like the Mk I?
How did they manage to drop the price? I have the MkI, purchased soon after I got my E-M5 last year so am a bit niffed at the new pricing.

mike_j
10th April 2013, 05:14 PM
Mine finally arrived today! It has been so long that I was considering using the lenshood, bought ages ago from HK, as a flowerpot which it closely resembles.

It's too late to use it properly today but I'll get out with it tomorrow. Seems to be nicely built and quite quick to focus. The image stabiliser appears to work hard and noisily at 300mm but that's to be expected, it will normally be on a tripod anyway.

mike_j
11th April 2013, 04:00 PM
I finally received the lens yesterday and took a few test shots today at our local pond. Lens behaves quite well though I couldn't manage any birds in flight shots.

It is a dull grey day and the lens is wide open, focus SF-AF, exposure on 'P' setting auto ISO.

At 200mm
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4110312-Edit.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/59271)

At 280mm
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4110310.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/59270)

At 300mm
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4110304-Edit.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/59269)