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G2EWS
21st October 2013, 12:15 PM
Hi All,

Just reading threads about the slow 75 - 300, I have the 'marginally faster' 100 - 300, but it is not really something to use in cloudy weather as in this weekend, or for moving birds.

I had a great two days over the weekend having taken delivery of my EM1 on Friday. Saturday at Castle Combe photographing time trials and Sunday at a Motorbike scrambling event. But the 35 -100 which was very good, could have been a tad longer.

Has anyone tried the 90 - 250 f2.8 4/3 rds lens on the EM5 or EM1?

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-olympus-90-250mm-f2-8-zuiko-ed-digital-lens/p1012599?cm_mmc=dsa-_-lenses-_-freedel-_-_inurl%3alens&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=dsa&gclid=cjbd9_tpmlocfcxitaodsqgahq

This may be the lens I get to replace my Nikon 200 - 400 when I finally decide to sell all of my Nikon kit (about 90% there after the weekend!)

Best regards

Chris

ayewing
21st October 2013, 01:11 PM
The Panasonic 35-100 is an excellent lens but as you say it would be more versatile if it was a bit longer. I am considering exchanging mine for the new Olympus 40-150 when it is released next year assuming that it is as good as we expect.

I have no experience of the 90-250 f2.8. Price wise I think it is a bit out of my league.

Wee man
21st October 2013, 01:16 PM
I tried it and the 300mm at Castle Leslie found the 300mm hunting I may have been trying to focus on something a bit close. They are both heavy and costly but do give good results when focused.

G2EWS
21st October 2013, 02:05 PM
Thanks for the comments.

Yes, I will also be buying the 40 - 150 as it will be a kit bag lens.

The 90 - 250 will be to take out for specific wildlife or sports photography in the same way I use the Nikon 200 -400. I tend to mount the lens on the camera and put on my tripod and gimbal and walk with it that way.

Best regards

Chris

Chevvyf1
21st October 2013, 02:44 PM
My 75-300 is fast as a Red Kite in a dive at food :)

... the OP of the thread about the "slow 75-300" may turn out to be a unique lens :D

The weight of the 90-250 or the 300 is too much for me to manage and capture great images :( ... but then ... :rolleyes:

G2EWS
21st October 2013, 02:56 PM
Hi Chevvy,

Any lens is good if the light is good and the action is not that fast!

The 90 - 250 would, as mentioned only be used like my Nikon 200 - 400 on a tripod with gimbal.

If you have never used a lens like this, trust me it is awesome!

Best regards

Chris

Chevvyf1
21st October 2013, 04:08 PM
Hi Chevvy,

Any lens is good if the light is good and the action is not that fast!

The 90 - 250 would, as mentioned only be used like my Nikon 200 - 400 on a tripod with gimbal.

If you have never used a lens like this, trust me it is awesome!

Best regards

Chris

I have hence cannot take that eight :eek:

peak4
21st October 2013, 04:45 PM
Hi All,

Just reading threads about the slow 75 - 300, I have the 'marginally faster' 100 - 300, but it is not really something to use in cloudy weather as in this weekend, or for moving birds.

I had a great two days over the weekend having taken delivery of my EM1 on Friday. Saturday at Castle Combe photographing time trials and Sunday at a Motorbike scrambling event. But the 35 -100 which was very good, could have been a tad longer.

Has anyone tried the 90 - 250 f2.8 4/3 rds lens on the EM5 or EM1?

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-olympus-90-250mm-f2-8-zuiko-ed-digital-lens/p1012599?cm_mmc=dsa-_-lenses-_-freedel-_-_inurl%3alens&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=dsa&gclid=cjbd9_tpmlocfcxitaodsqgahq

This may be the lens I get to replace my Nikon 200 - 400 when I finally decide to sell all of my Nikon kit (about 90% there after the weekend!)

Best regards

Chris

I tried it briefly in the garden on the E-M5 without much success in the AF department. The images were sharp enough when the AF did hit the spot, but that was certainly the minority of the time.
There is a thread discussing it HERE (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=22825&highlight=300mm) with post 12 being of particular relevance, albeit about the 300mm.
I would say the same comments apply to the 90-250mm

However I did briefly try the 300mm on the E-M1 at a demo day at my local dealer. I didn't have my own memory card in the camera and was using it hand held only, but the focus seemed to be pretty fast, and more importantly quite accurate, at least as far as I could tell by zooming in on the rear LCD

Come November some time, with any luck, I should be able to let you know how the big zoom performs on the E-M1 :rolleyes:

peak4
21st October 2013, 04:47 PM
My 75-300 is fast as a Red Kite in a dive at food :)

... the OP of the thread about the "slow 75-300" may turn out to be a unique lens :D

The weight of the 90-250 or the 300 is too much for me to manage and capture great images :( ... but then ... :rolleyes:

I suspect he was talking about Slow-v-Fast, as in aperture rather than focussing speed.

bredman
21st October 2013, 06:57 PM
That's a lot of money for a lens. But ... I also have one eye on this lens, i also have an eye on the proposed m43 pro long telephoto for about a years time. I'm hoping it will be a m43 version of the 300mm f2.8. So i may wait.

Zuiko
21st October 2013, 08:12 PM
For anyone contemplating an expensive investment in a lens such as the 90-250mm, don't forget Ian's Hire Service which could either confirm the suitability or prevent a costly mistake. If you subsequently buy you also get at least part of the hire fee refunded as well. :)

DerekC
21st October 2013, 08:26 PM
Not tried the combination of E-M1 & 90-250 on a rally or at race circuit yet. I have tried in the garden, and I have so far found it focuses fast without the hunting I experienced when used with the E-M5. I have 3 rallies in November to give the combo a good test.

Olybirder
21st October 2013, 08:34 PM
Not the 90-250 but Ffordes are advertising a used 300 f2.8 for 2950 at the moment. What is the betting came from someone on this forum?

Ron

Chevvyf1
21st October 2013, 09:34 PM
That's a lot of money for a lens. But ... I also have one eye on this lens, i also have an eye on the proposed m43 pro long telephoto for about a years time. I'm hoping it will be a m43 version of the 300mm f2.8. So i may wait.

YES ! rumour is it should be out spring/summer 2014 ... *chr I am saving up ... now :)

Ian
22nd October 2013, 12:05 PM
You could hire one from us :)

Http://e-group.UK.net/hire

Ian

Thanks for the comments.

Yes, I will also be buying the 40 - 150 as it will be a kit bag lens.

The 90 - 250 will be to take out for specific wildlife or sports photography in the same way I use the Nikon 200 -400. I tend to mount the lens on the camera and put on my tripod and gimbal and walk with it that way.

Best regards

Chris

G2EWS
22nd October 2013, 12:14 PM
Thanks for that Ian, I will be in touch once I decide on an event.

Regards

Chris