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Meogeo
29th December 2009, 02:16 PM
It has been a while since I last posted on this forum, what I would like to know is if this lens the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 would be benifitial to me and my camera, I have the E510 in which I get so much enjoyment out of, I am no David Bailey so all of my photographs are not up to scratch like some of you.

I was in France earlier this year and there was some lovely birds in trees I was unable to capture properly, but I do feel with this lens I might of been able to get some good shots.

I have just got use to the other lens's that came with the camera, but would this be a big step for me to master this lens or would it be fairly straight forward to use.

Many thanks in advance for any information.

Geoff

crimbo
29th December 2009, 02:52 PM
Hi Geoff
after I got used to my basic kit the 70-300 was the first lens I bought. I still use it. The image quality is good only problem is that it does require reasonable light to focus quickly and can be a pain in low light or low contrast situations but when you know that, manual focus works well...if you can afford it then go for it. the learning curve will not be too onerous...but it is heavier than the kit lenses so be aware of that...

stevednp3
29th December 2009, 02:54 PM
Hi Geoff

Well to be honest I have had mine for a few months and I cant master getting tack sharp shots with my 70-300mm, I get 'ok' shots but nothing great, I have been told and shown examples on here that you can get excellent results if you are willing to put in the time and master it

If you have the time then yeah go for it, if you dont and can afford too then go for the 50-200 SWD, which is a lot faster and easier to master ( so I have been told)

Hope this helps *chr

Danny
29th December 2009, 04:39 PM
Its a cracking lens - yea, its tough to get used to, but believe me, its a great lens when you master holding it, and if your body has IS (the 510 does doesnt it?) then even better.

Some of mine with the 70-300 zuiko, no brilliant images, but at least you can see what it can do with practice - all hand held :

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2559/4181604210_1fb2bd3b20.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4197738932_e2ce196d70.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2797/4163041766_7915fa2545.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2670/4162275265_e59de676fd.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2800/4060369641_8f13140a3a.jpg

Hope you can see that this lens is a good buy for the money, just stick at it!

Adagio
29th December 2009, 05:09 PM
Hope you can see that this lens is a good buy for the money, just stick at it!

I second that - you need to invest some time but it is worth it.

baldyb
29th December 2009, 05:12 PM
Hi Geoff
I've used a 70-300 with my 510 and found it a great combo, but I agree with the earlier comments about getting tack sharp images, although Danny's pics prove that it is very possible!
I also bought a used 50-200 earlier this year which was a great lens but I found it very heavy on that body and have returned to the 70-300. Recent images on the forum using the 70-300 with the 1.4 converter have convinced me that that will be next on my shopping list.
For the money it is (IMHO) a steal and you can still get the 25 rebate!! :D
Kevin

Batman
29th December 2009, 05:21 PM
This was one of the first lenses that I bought. It came as part of my E-520 Twin lens kit and it has probably been one of my most used lenses. I bought it for a safari holiday and it really proved it's worth.

You do need to get used to it, so don't expect the first few shots to be good. I always use IS and try to keep the shutter speed up, but in good light it is excellent.

Nothing special, but here are a couple of shots taken with it.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/688/African_Fish_Eagle_resized.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/P8292127_edited-1.jpg

The first was taken from a canoe.

Hope this helps you decide

baldyb
29th December 2009, 07:07 PM
Geoff
:rolleyes: Another thought - you could perhaps use the Olympus hire service and try out the lens for a few days!!
Kevin

Meogeo
29th December 2009, 09:21 PM
Thanks everyone for your input and looking at the Photo's I would be silly not to invest in one.

With the results of the photo's posted I will be trying my hardest to emulate the quality.

I shall let you all know when I take delivery, and hopefully post some pictures.

Danny
29th December 2009, 09:27 PM
Keep us posted on how you get on mate, and bang up the pics for a looksee :)

joeletx
30th December 2009, 02:51 AM
Here are some of my shots with 70-300mm and the E-3. It took me at least four months to get the best out of this very sharp but slow lens.

Joe

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/HT277483_copy.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20170)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/HT277498_copy.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20169)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/HT277492_copy.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20168)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/HT277470_copy.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20167)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/HT277446_copy.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20166)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/HT277440_copy.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20165)

Adagio
30th December 2009, 12:35 PM
There was a thread a few months ago regarding the use of this lens for 'macro' work.

Here are a couple of examples, both hand held.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/816/mottisfont-11.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/759/P4110384.jpg

Meogeo
31st December 2009, 01:17 PM
Well I have bit the bullet and ordered the Lens from Best Cameras.
Better than paying the extra 2.5% vat.

And seems a fair price at 249.99.
It was cheaper on Ebay but I would rather buy from a shop.
Once again thanks.

And by the way everyone have a lovely New Year and all the very best.

gno
31st December 2009, 01:32 PM
Hi Geoff,

Sounds a very good price that with the cash back and 2 yr warranty.
Anyone dealt with Best Cameras before?

Regards

Gavin

baldyb
31st December 2009, 07:25 PM
Geoff
Try Ian Kerr for a price - deals on ebay as kerso but if you email him direct - kerso1123@msn.com - he will often offer an even better price.
I have dealt with him before and always found his prices and service top class.
Kevin


UPDATE
Sorry Geoff - didn't read it properly just now and missed that you had already ordered.

gno
31st December 2009, 07:37 PM
Kevin,

Kerso is offering the 70-300mm at a better price but it does not come with a 2 year warranty nor the 25.00 cash back from Olympus.
I think the extra year warranty would be a clicher for me if BestCameras turn out to be a good firm to deal with.

Regards

Gavin

Meogeo
31st December 2009, 07:47 PM
Geoff
Try Ian Kerr for a price - deals on ebay as kerso but if you email him direct - kerso1123@msn.com - he will often offer an even better price.
I have dealt with him before and always found his prices and service top class.
Kevin


UPDATE
Sorry Geoff - didn't read it properly just now and missed that you had already ordered.


I checked out Kerso on ebay, but this shop is local to me about 20 miles away, if there are any problems I can take it back there easily.

Meogeo
31st December 2009, 07:48 PM
Kevin,

Kerso is offering the 70-300mm at a better price but it does not come with a 2 year warranty nor the 25.00 cash back from Olympus.
I think the extra year warranty would be a clicher for me if BestCameras turn out to be a good firm to deal with.

Regards

Gavin

I will keep you posted with what warranty and if any cash back.

gno
31st December 2009, 07:52 PM
I will keep you posted with what warranty and if any cash back.
Geoff,

Did they have it in stock and if so when are you going to collect it?

The advertise their stock as UK so it should come with the cash back and 2 year warranty.

Regards

Gavin

baldyb
31st December 2009, 10:04 PM
Hi Geoff/Gavin

I accept that as Kerso's lenses come from the States they only have a one year warranty here, but I got the cashback from Olympus without any problem. Or maybe I was just lucky ?!!

Kevin
*chr

PS I'm not on commission!!

Meogeo
31st December 2009, 10:59 PM
Geoff,

Did they have it in stock and if so when are you going to collect it?

The advertise their stock as UK so it should come with the cash back and 2 year warranty.

Regards

Gavin

I am having it delivered, to much to do I am a part time carer, they sent me an email stating it will posted in there next despatch.

gno
6th January 2010, 12:01 PM
Well I have bit the bullet and ordered the Lens from Best Cameras.

Has it arrived yet Geoff?

Regards

Gavin

Shaw
6th January 2010, 12:33 PM
Hi Geoff/Gavin

I accept that as Kerso's lenses come from the States they only have a one year warranty here, but I got the cashback from Olympus without any problem. Or maybe I was just lucky ?!!

Kevin
*chr

PS I'm not on commission!!

I got my 9-18 from Kerso last month, and received 44.00 cashback from Olympus

Stewart

Meogeo
6th January 2010, 01:15 PM
Has it arrived yet Geoff?

Regards

Gavin

Not arrived yet it was down for being with me on Tuesday, but because of the snow it has been put back a day, but no sign of it yet, I can log it online and it is out on the van.

Meogeo
7th January 2010, 08:45 AM
The Lens has finally arrived at my works, I know the guy on the van and he told me business addresses were taking priority over private addresses.

Any way I am down for finishing work at 12 noon so I will be able to try it out later this afternoon.

baldyb
7th January 2010, 05:59 PM
Geoff
Look forward to your verdict on the lens in due course. Just to show what I think is its versatility, in addition to the excellent wildlife shots posted earlier I took this one the other day handheld, indoors, about 4ft, no flash.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/AC310127b.jpg

Not brilliant, I admit, until I saw that the camera had automatically set the iso to 1000. No other pp, straight out of the can.

Kevin

Meogeo
12th January 2010, 04:25 AM
I woke up on Saturday with the Flu and I had planned to go out on Saturday with the new lens, but her indoors told me I had to stay in the house, so I set the camera up to shoot through double glazed windows, last 3 photo's seem to have a haze.

I am pleased with this Lens and I am sure I am going to master it this year only wish I could of bought it sooner.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q162/meogeo51/Magpie/Magpie800.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q162/meogeo51/Magpie/Magpie2800.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q162/meogeo51/Magpie/Magpie1800.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q162/meogeo51/Magpie/Magpie1800a.jpg

gno
12th January 2010, 10:55 AM
Very nice shots gotta get a 70-300.

I've noticed before that shooting through double glazing upsets the white balance which may be the case here.

Regards

Gavin