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Rasmus
19th March 2014, 12:55 AM
Hi! Rasmus from Sweden here!

I'm really itching to try out one or both of the tele primes for 4/3 on my E-M1 and the hire service seems like a good way to do it.

One option would be to have the lens sent to Sweden, in which case I'll likely only rent one lens, plus adapter. The other would be to get on a cheap flight to London and pick the stuff up directly in Hemel Hempstead, in which case I might decide what to hire on the spot.

The question is (and the reason why I don't just email Ian), if I go with the fly to UK option, where would I want to take a 150 or 300 mm lens in the UK? I'm more into birds and wildlife than sports. Also, the thought of driving on the left side of the road rather freaks me out, so I prefer some place that is accessible with public transportation.

Thank you.

Phill D
19th March 2014, 06:32 AM
Hi welcome Rasmus. Certainly the fly option would be more flexible and could be looked on as a short holiday to justify the extra cost. There are many birders on here who will be able to help you with places to visit I'm sure.

Ian
19th March 2014, 09:34 AM
Hi Rasmus, you're most welcome to hire lenses in Sweden of course :)

Which lenses are you interested in? I guess the 150mm f/2.0 and the 300mm f/2.8?

I would recommend the Fens Falconry place we met at a couple of weeks ago. Andy Elliot (oly_om) is involved with them so he would be the best person to contact.

Ian

gphemy
19th March 2014, 10:22 AM
Welcome Rasmus! I was surprised to see you concerned about driving on the left, as Sweden is the only country in Europe to have changed from driving on the left to driving on the right (H-dag in 1967). Changing from left to right in the course of one day - now *that* freaks me out.

Piers


Also, the thought of driving on the left side of the road rather freaks me out

snaarman
19th March 2014, 11:50 AM
.... Sweden is the only country in Europe to have changed from driving on the left to driving on the right (H-dag in 1967). Changing from left to right in the course of one day - now *that* freaks me out.

Piers

Yes, that is a freaky idea. If I was in charge they would have phased it in over a week or two...


Pete

IamFisheye
19th March 2014, 11:51 AM
For Birds in London

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london#

You can get there by Tube (Hammersmith) and a short Bus ride.

Melaka
19th March 2014, 01:02 PM
The RSPB and the WWT have plenty of reserves with good hides for bird photography. You'd need the 300/2.8 and a 1.4 or 2 teleconverter.

Melaka
19th March 2014, 01:13 PM
Perhaps I should have posted an example. Here's one from Minsmere. I tried to move the sun round a bit but it wouldn't budge!

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Z8215866a.jpg (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=71383)

Rasmus
19th March 2014, 01:26 PM
Yes, that is a freaky idea. If I was in charge they would have phased it in over a week or two...


Pete

Hi!

Yep, switching sides is of course a freaky idea. Fortunately it happened five years before I was born. Most people seem to have handled it by abstaining from driving on that day. :)

The problem with doing it in stages is of course that it means people need to switch sides whenever they travel from a place that has already switched and one that hasn't yet done it.

But whenever I'm in the UK it takes a while before I stop looking in the wrong direction at zebra crossings.

Rasmus
21st March 2014, 02:05 AM
Hi Rasmus, you're most welcome to hire lenses in Sweden of course :)

Which lenses are you interested in? I guess the 150mm f/2.0 and the 300mm f/2.8?

I would recommend the Fens Falconry place we met at a couple of weeks ago. Andy Elliot (oly_om) is involved with them so he would be the best person to contact.

Ian
Hi!

Yes, it's the 150mm f/2 and the 300mm f2.8 that interest me. The 150 because it's a lens I could maybe afford to buy at some point, and because all reviews I've read about it is a rave. But at the same time I don't know if a 150 mm lens makes sense for wildlife. Full frame wildlife shooters seem to think 300 mm is a useful focal length, but most of the time I seem to need something much longer.

The 300/2.8 because it's my dream lens. I'd love to see how it compares to the manual focus 500 f/4 that I already have, and sometimes convert into 350/2.8 with the speed booster. For both the 150 and the 300 I of course want to see if I find AF performance adequate with the E-M1.

That falconry idea seems interesting! I've never visited one, I guess it's a place with lots of opportunity to get nice close ups on the birds?

IamFisheye
21st March 2014, 12:36 PM
I rented the 150mm F2 for a Safari last September and used with an E-3 & E-30. Results were very pleasing (I just wish I could spend more time in Africa using it).

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/10113362115_f1105c563a_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3699/10647816265_efec2a9723_c.jpg

Combined with the EC-20, you get a 300mm F4 lens that's still light enough to carry.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3828/11771851355_7815336b4e_c.jpg

More samples on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16343559@N04/tags/150mm20/

David M
21st March 2014, 10:17 PM
Knowing how good my OM 350mm is with a 1.4x I've no interest in the 300mm even though I could have had one a couple of times.

Tordan58
26th March 2014, 11:46 AM
Hej Rasmus!

I am too using MF lenses, hesitant to investing more money into prime 4/3 lenses since chance of seeing new 4/3 bodies (E5 successors) is very small.

I have been thinking about utilizing the hire service. Appreciate if you can keep us posted about how it went and your feedback using the 300/2.8 on EM-1.




Cheers
Tord

Tordan58
26th March 2014, 12:00 PM
Hi!

Yes, it's the 150mm f/2 and the 300mm f2.8 that interest me. The 150 because it's a lens I could maybe afford to buy at some point, and because all reviews I've read about it is a rave. But at the same time I don't know if a 150 mm lens makes sense for wildlife. Full frame wildlife shooters seem to think 300 mm is a useful focal length, but most of the time I seem to need something much longer.

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The 150 is probably useful for wildlife photography (mammals) to some degree, provided the subjects are close. The typical situations we have at home would call for more reach that the 150 gives, even with EC20. Unless photographing from hides or other arrangements. What species do you have in mind?

I would go for the 300, and adding EC14/EC20 for bird photography. (I personally think 500...800 mm are the most useful focal lengths for bird photography, at least during my photo sessions).