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Re: My E-M1 videos

I believe these would have been a combination of 50-200mm 2.8-3.5 and 40-150mm 2.8 PRO. There might have been some other lenses in the mix for the closer stuff, most likely the 12-40/2.8 PRO.
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Re: My E-M1 videos

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I believe these would have been a combination of 50-200mm 2.8-3.5 and 40-150mm 2.8 PRO. There might have been some other lenses in the mix for the closer stuff, most likely the 12-40/2.8 PRO.
Thank you for getting back. You have really nice lenses for those Safari's. We have a family farm, been in the family since the 1930's, part wine on the Helderberg Mountain. In 2011, we lost the farm to a wild bush fire, blown to us from neighbours who were doing a controlled burn. It took 3 years to rebuild everything back and because of this we never got the chance to visit the Kruger or drive up to Windhoek.

Your Photography Safari's look great! Kenya spoils us too much. However, we do have Cape Leopards, Fish Eagles, Eagle Owls and Buck are living on the farm and mountain, along with those unpleasant snakes! All protected as access is private. We have wonderful views overlooking False Bay and the Cape of Good Hope, the views are special, particularly at sunset. I wonder how I will get on with the Olympus.
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Re: My E-M1 videos

I had borrowed the 40-150/2.8 from Olympus. To be honest, I think the older 50-200mm is a much better lens for safaris. Better range, better bokeh, better sharpness.
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Re: My E-M1 videos

Interesting comment Dallas, I've often thought the older lens had better bokeh and regretted selling mine.
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Re: My E-M1 videos

yes, definitely better in that regard. I found the 40-150mm nervous in the bokeh department. Not always, but often enough to put me off it. If you remove the tripod collar and hood from the 50-200mm it becomes a pretty nimble and versatile wedding lens too.
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Re: My E-M1 videos

That's also interesting as you say it's not always nervous bokeh. I agree with you again. I assumed it was a particular combination of background to subject to lens distances where it was particularly noticeable. I've never worked out what that combination is though to be able to avoid it. Have you worked it out?
The bokeh is one of the reasons I'm considering swaping the 40-150 +tc for a Panasonic 100-400 as from what I've seen it's a bit more forgiving in its Bokeh rendering plus the longer reach would be nice.
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Unfortunately the 40-150 was not mine, it was on loan, so I didn't have it long enough to make an in-depth study of where its sweetness began to turn sour. I do think that used with closer subjects and less busy, more distant backgrounds it was great. But if your subject is further away and obviously there is less background separation it loses its shine. This is why it was not a great safari lens for me.

This year I am going back to Sabi Sands (end of August) for another weeklong safari and I have invested in a 1.4x TC for the 50-200 SWD. Initial tests in the garden show that it doesn't appear to lose any sharpness, so I will be able to make a more detailed review on my site when I get back. Actually, I am planning on doing video reviews this year, so expect more Youtube videos in the weeks after I get back, but with the emphasis on gear and experience.
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