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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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.

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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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...
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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)

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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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 :











Hope you can see that this lens is a good buy for the money, just stick at it!
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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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.
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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!!
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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.





The first was taken from a canoe.

Hope this helps you decide
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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Another thought - you could perhaps use the Olympus hire service and try out the lens for a few days!!
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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.
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

Keep us posted on how you get on mate, and bang up the pics for a looksee
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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.

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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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.



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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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.
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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

Hi Geoff,

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

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Re: ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6

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

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