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Hello to Olympus users

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I am a freelance music and performance photographer based in London and am currently working a lot at the BBC Proms.
I am using the Olympus E5 and am looking for the perfect long lens for shooting live performance in the Royal Albert Hall. I currently have the 50 - 200 ED lens. Ideally I need something like a 70 - 300mm f2.8 (fixed aperture). Olympus don't seem to do one other than the 90 - 250mm 2.8 which still might leave me a bit short. Does anyone have any suggestions and is it possible to use any other make with an adapter??
I just tried out the 300mm 2.8 on loan which is fantastic but too limiting being a 300 and not a zoom.
Thanks for advance for your comments.
Here is a shot with the 300mm
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Re: Hello to Olympus users

Hi Sisi, Welcome to the forum.

The lenses you've already mentioned are just about all the Zuiko lenses available apart from the 70-300mm f4.0-5.6. Probably the best choice for you would be the 90-250mm f/2.8 and an EC-14 teleconverter this will give you 350mm but reduce your maximum aperture to f/4.0.

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Re: Hello to Olympus users

Try the EC-14 teleconverter on your 50-200, it works surprisingly well.
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Re: Hello to Olympus users

Thanks for this.
I have got an EC14 converter which I have tried on the 50 -200 but I am down to f4.9 and shooting at 160th and it's still not good enough. Also I think this lens is back focusing a bit too. I will have to give the 90 - 250 a try and that with the converter maybe better I guess......
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What ISO are you using? Can you up it a bit to give the speed you need?

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Re: Hello to Olympus users

Am currently using ISO 3200 just a bit nervous of pushing it up more because of the Noise. Specially as concert lighting is really not good and therefore it can look more noisy. What do you think?
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Am currently using ISO 3200 just a bit nervous of pushing it up more because of the Noise. Specially as concert lighting is really not good and therefore it can look more noisy. What do you think?
Hmmm.... you are just about at the top end already then Using high ISOs in a darkened environment just tends to bring out the noise as you say.

Not much further that you can go, and hating to say this, but as far as noise performance goes a Canikon might be your best route.

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Re: Hello to Olympus users

You could swap the E5 for an EM5 but that would only net you a stop and a bit of ISO speed... 6400 is good but 12800 is where it all starts to fall apart, plus I've not idea how well the EM5 can focus the big SHG lenses.

The other alternative is if there are any old legacy lenses that cover that range with a brighter aperture... for example there's a 250mm f2.0 OM lens but I think the chances of finding one would be quite slim:

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...tmls/250mm.htm
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Re: Hello to Olympus users

Hello Sisi, welcome aboard.

Depending on whether or not you can trade off aperture for resolution, the 150mm f/2 might be worth a try. Obviously it's shorter than you would like but it's plenty fast so you may be able to run at lower ISO and have more scope for cropping. It is also stunningly good quality and an awful lot less bulky and heavy than the 90-250 or 300. I think it works fine with the EC-14 as well although that would still only be 210mm at f/2.8.

Remember that you can try it out using Ian's hire service.

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Re: Hello to Olympus users

The E-M5 is good for high ISO (it's good up to 6400) & maybe the Sigma 50-500 might be OK with it (as Andy shows in this thread here), but with one the higher ISO is a gain but a loss with the lens at the long length aperture.
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You could swap the E5 for an EM5 ......
If you have to start looking a new bodies then I would personally get something that has a lot more headroom not just a notch up on what you already have. D800 for me it would be.

Thing is for Sisi he is doing this as a profession. Sometimes you just have to have the right tool for the job, after all it's a business purchase and tax deducatable.

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Is there a Sigma lens with an olympus fit or is that with an adapter?
What f stop is that? Speed is really important, I need f2.8
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Re: Hello to Olympus users

Thanks for your advice Steve. And yes this is a profession, but I have been unwilling to change kit as everything is now Olympus. I came to Oly from having a Leica R9 as my film camera! But I can see I am beginning to feel a bit restricted by what's on offer.
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Is there a Sigma lens with an olympus fit or is that with an adapter?
What f stop is that? Speed is really important, I need f2.8
The Sigma I was referring to is the Sigma 50-500/4.5-6.3 HSM for 4/3's fit (& to use the E-M5 requires the MMF-3 or similar adapter). They aren't made anymore & can only be obtained 2nd hand, plus the aperture is not what you would really want for the lower light situations. Ideally a lens with sufficient reach with a constant f2.8 with the body at ISO 6400 would get most of your photos with a suitable IQ. For a lightweight kit, the E-M5 & Panasonic 100-300 f4-5.6 might do OK otherwise a larger system with an even larger lens would be needed.
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Re: Hello to Olympus users

As it's for your profession, I hate to say it but Steve might be right regarding Canikon... maybe have a look at what lenses they each have on offer and see if there's something that suits.
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