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forester
3rd February 2010, 07:17 PM
Does anyone have any experience of the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 lens in four thirds mount?

Melaka
4th February 2010, 07:52 AM
The last time I looked at the 4/3 lens list it was shown as 'coming soon' and has been for a long time.

Zuiko
4th February 2010, 09:11 AM
The last time I looked at the 4/3 lens list it was shown as 'coming soon' and has been for a long time.

Yes, I haven't heard much about it so assume it's not available. However, with a max f2.8 aperture I would expect it to be bigger, heavier and at least as expensive as a Zuiko 50-200mm which is only half a stop slower at the long end and really is some lens to beat. Maybe that is why Sigma aren't exactly rushing to bring this lens to market in 4/3 mount.

forester
4th February 2010, 11:22 AM
It is available,*yes also listed at SRSmicrosystems at 665 there was a new one listed on eBay via Gwcameras for a couple of pounds more.
I just wondered if anyone had used it and what results they had also how it compared with the Olympus 50-200mm, before spending loads of cash, pensions are not that good.:(

theMusicMan
4th February 2010, 04:20 PM
Have you considered the Oly 70-300mm...? OK, it's a little slower, but nonetheless is an awesome lens, I'd say better value for money than even the 50-200mm.

Plenty of shots available to check the image quality.

Kiwi Paul
4th February 2010, 04:26 PM
Personally I'd go for the 50-200 SWD, if you can afford it, it's an extremely good lens and I really don't think the Sigma would shine a light to it. They do come up second hand once in a while and sell for around 550-600.

Paul

forester
4th February 2010, 05:12 PM
Have you considered the Oly 70-300mm...? OK, it's a little slower, but nonetheless is an awesome lens, I'd say better value for money than even the 50-200mm.

Plenty of shots available to check the image quality.
I have a 70-300mm coming from a forum member, If I can get an Olympus 50-200mm Mk2 for the right price even better, it is a pity Tamron don't do fourthirds, the 70-200mm they do is superb, even at the "long end".
I can wait, well a short while ;)

theMusicMan
4th February 2010, 05:15 PM
Sure, the IQ is expected to be better from the 50-200 than you'd expect from the 70-300; but my experience is that the IQ from the 70-300mm is awesome and I am pushed to see how the 50-200 could have given me better IQ.

Not dissing the 50-200mm of course, as it is fatser and bigger and said to be sharper - but I am delighted at the images obtained with the 70-300mm.

What are you wanting to specifically photograph with the 50-200mm...?

forester
4th February 2010, 05:25 PM
Birds and wildlife in general, living where I do loads of those, including wild boar. mind I do think they taste better after being marinated in red wine and cooked slowly.;)
I also go to Slimbridge, Peter Scotts place for the wildfowl, they now have a super collection from all over the world, well worth a visit.
I have many shots from there but none as yet with Olympus, will be rectified shortly.

donmcmahan
4th February 2010, 06:07 PM
http://http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma_70-200_2p8_n15/ (http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma_70-200_2p8_n15/)
here is a link to an in depth review, admittedly they didn't test it in 4/3rds mount but you can get the idea*chr

theMusicMan
4th February 2010, 06:18 PM
Birds and wildlife in general, living where I do loads of those, including wild boar. mind I do think they taste better after being marinated in red wine and cooked slowly.;)
I also go to Slimbridge, Peter Scotts place for the wildfowl, they now have a super collection from all over the world, well worth a visit.
I have many shots from there but none as yet with Olympus, will be rectified shortly.
Most of my bird shots are taken with the 70-300mm (maybe plus the EC14), it has super reach.

http://www.reflectingme.com/p936087280/ee393446

forester
4th February 2010, 06:27 PM
That is interesting, so the 70-300mm will work with the 1.4 tele converter.
I presume you require excellent light for that, most other lenses of this type would not do so.

forester
4th February 2010, 06:34 PM
http://http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma_70-200_2p8_n15/ (http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma_70-200_2p8_n15/)
here is a link to an in depth review, admittedly they didn't test it in 4/3rds mount but you can get the idea*chr


The review is what I found using it on another brand camera, the Tamron being far superior for image quality.
I think I may try out one or two lenses from the hire shop the only trouble is if I try the most expensive ones, I may end up with an overdraft ;)

theMusicMan
4th February 2010, 06:40 PM
That is interesting, so the 70-300mm will work with the 1.4 tele converter.
I presume you require excellent light for that, most other lenses of this type would not do so.
Yep, the EC14 works perfectly with the 70-300mm... in fact, it's flawless. There's none of this 'only works with this and that lens'... the EC14 will work with any Oly lens and it will still autofocus etc.

Nope, you don't need excellent light per s, but as with any teleconverter on any system, you will lose speed.

All of the Skomer Island shots in this gallery (http://www.reflectingme.com/p28339871) were taken with the 70-300mm.

peak4
4th February 2010, 06:48 PM
There's a bit of info HERE (http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/showthread.php?t=41642)

FFordes (https://secure.ffordes.com/index.htm)list a couple of 50-200mm @ 500 each at the moment as well.

forester
4th February 2010, 07:59 PM
Yep, the EC14 works perfectly with the 70-300mm... in fact, it's flawless. There's none of this 'only works with this and that lens'... the EC14 will work with any Oly lens and it will still autofocus etc.

Nope, you don't need excellent light per s, but as with any teleconverter on any system, you will lose speed.

All of the Skomer Island shots in this gallery (http://www.reflectingme.com/p28339871) were taken with the 70-300mm.

How I envy you doing Skomer, one place I would love to go but my legs (spinal injury) just wont allow it.
But the shots are really good, well done, I am looking forward to trying my one ( 70-300)

theMusicMan
4th February 2010, 08:11 PM
Oh how I love Skomer Island... as can be seen by having a look at this thread - The Overnighters Skomer Experience (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=2627) - and I can say it was awesome. I love the place.

I am sure that with prior arrangement, you could enlist some help from the wardens in getting up the steps on the Jetty, and the climb to the top. Maybe you could consider a trip this year, I am most certainly going to go (again), a few times, and I'd be more than happy to help you... in fact I might even be arranging a trip for the members here on eGroup.

If I can help, shout.

Thanks for the comments re the shots taken on Skomer, the 70-300mm performed excellently.

forester
4th February 2010, 08:37 PM
Well John that is very kind of you I would love to go it would do me a power of good.*chr
Now I've sold all of my Canon gear, I've also got some spare cash.
mind, some of it will be spent on Oly lenses *yes

theMusicMan
4th February 2010, 08:44 PM
Well John that is very kind of you I would love to go it would do me a power of good.*chr
Now I've sold all of my Canon gear, I've also got some spare cash.
mind, some of it will be spent on Oly lenses *yes
I'll start a Skomer Visit 2010 thread over the weekend to see what the interest is like. I'll be going anyway at some point... keep an eye out as I'd be glad to help.

peak4
4th February 2010, 09:06 PM
Just spotted this 70-300mm for sale on bird forum (http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=162773) for 220 inc P&P

forester
4th February 2010, 09:10 PM
Well I've just read about your exploits on Skomer ,fantastic, I cant wait to go, I would truly be in heaven.O:)
And for me it really is not that far away as I live just on the English/Welsh border.
Even my local camera club is in the Welsh Federation.

forester
4th February 2010, 09:13 PM
Just spotted this 70-300mm for sale on bird forum (http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=162773) for 220 inc P&P
Thanks Bill, one coming in the morning (70-300mm)*chr