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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Well done Simon, another class lens gone to a good home. I'm looking forward to your image posts now.
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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

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Well done Simon, another class lens gone to a good home. I'm looking forward to your image posts now.
Thanks Phil,

Yes it's about time I got around to posting 'proper' images here and not just ones of the gear I have amassed

Time is often my enemy ..... running my own business etc, however I am going to make a concerted effort to capture something worthwhile showing on this forum.

I really love the whole M4/3 concept, when I want/need to travel light I could go out with a few 'native' M4/3 primes ( not that I have any right now ) and 'bring home the goods'. When I want to use almost any manual focus legacy lens all I need is a mount adapter. And when I want to take advantage of what are arguably the finest zoom lenses ever made .... SHG ZD Zuiko's ..... thanks to the EM-1 I now can without the hinderance of poor AF.

I appreciate that most people who buy into the M4/3 concept would not entertain such 'juggernauts' as the SHG optics, but as far as I am concerned if you can deal with their size and weight they are quite simply without peer.

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Someone wave a 300mm f2.8 under Simon's nose, and see if he takes the bait!

(Or maybe he's got one already)

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

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Someone wave a 300mm f2.8 under Simon's nose, and see if he takes the bait!

(Or maybe he's got one already)

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No I have not Jim, and should one appear I cannot see myself going for it ... "Scouts Honour" !!

Speaking personally, with regard to the 90-250 & 300 it's a case of "either or" rather than both. For me the 90-250 is more versatile than the 300, rarely do I use focal lengths wider than 14mm ( 28mm "old money" ) so it is quite possible to go out with two lenses and have a very comprehensive range be it the 14-35 or the 14-54 Mk2 teamed up with the 90-250. If I had the 300 instead I feel I would need to take a third lens such as the 35-100 or 50-200 SWD.

Naturally I would not take out the 90-250 as an 'everyday' second lens, it's too large and specialised for that. In such instances my 'two lens' kit will either consist of the 14-35 & 35-100 or the lighter option of ( and when 'speed' is not the priority ) 14-54 Mk2 & 50-200 SWD.

Most likely I will not see the 90-250 as the 'second' lens in a two lens kit but actually the 'first' for it will be used mostly for wildlife, primarily birds with the 14-35 or 14-54 Mk2 going 'along for the ride' just in case something close catches my eye.

I confess that my purchases recently have been on a rather grand scale but I'm done now.... truthfully The thing is when I purchased an em-5 to replace my E5 I was so disappointed with the AF speed of the 4/3 lenses on that camera I sold them all and purchased M4/3 lenses instead. Whilst the M4/3 lenses impressed me there was something about the images I captured with the HG & SHG lenses that just appealed to me more and it wasn't long before I was regretting selling the E5 and the HG & SHG lenses.

Then the chance came along to purchase a very nice em-1 from a member of this forum and I decided to go for it as I was already planning to replace the HG & SHG lenses I had so foolishly sold. The catalyst for my rapid re-aquasition of these fine lenses was my purchase of "Snarrman" 14-54 Mk2, I was impressed with its focus speed on the em-1, far superior to when I used my previous one on the em-5. I now felt confident that it would be once again worth purchasing the lenses I really loved. Of course had I decided to keep the E5 and not replace it with the em-5 I would still have the first set of HG & SHG lenses, but that's another story I guess we all at some time in our lives find ourselves going around in circles.

So that's it .... I'm done, for now at least, I mean how many lenses does one need anyway before it becomes 'overkill' or 'sheer greed' ?
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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

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Given the 90-250mm is relatively small it should make a nice combo with a m4/3 body.
Indeed David, I believe it will. It IS a large lens but not as large as many may think.

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

It's all relative Simon. It's small and light compared to most of the telephotos I've owned/used over the past few decades.
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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Unlike you Simon, I have kept all my 4/3rds HG and SHGs (9 in all) and only recently acquired the E-M1 and 12-40 pro, to have an all around lightweight kit, and to simply to take advantage of the introductory offers. I had no intentions of ever getting into m4/3 except for the fact that there was to be no more E-X bodies. I waited till last year to purchase a like new E-5, after using my E-3 for 6 years.
I have all the SHGs except the 300. The 90-250 was too good a deal to pass up last year, a 9+ at a very good price, from B&H in NY. AS you I felt it would be more versatile than the 300. It is indeed a heavy lens, and I use it exclusively on a very good tripod, with a very good ball head . I have it dialed in for focus adjust and it is superb with the E-5.
I have had very little time to test my 4/3 lenses on the E -M1 but I did give the 35-100 a workout last week, and was very pleased.
I shot with the E-5 and 12-60SWD today, and it felt so natural to pick up the E-5 again, after giving the E-M1 so much attention lately.
I still use my E-3 (12,000 clicks) ,with the 14-35, to reproduce fine art in my shop.
With a complete stable of some of the best lenses out there, and I am extremely happy with my Olympus gear.
I do custom large format printing, and have had no problems with big prints from the 4/3 sensor

now about that 300mm , there is one for sale, even as I type this .

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I must restrain myself,
I must restrain myself,
I must restrain myself....


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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

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It's all relative Simon. It's small and light compared to most of the telephotos I've owned/used over the past few decades.
Quite true David,

I once owned a Nikkor 400mm F2.8 AFS Mk2 and that was a canon ( no pun intended ) , the 90-250 is SMALL & LIGHT compared to that Nikkor

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Hi David ( dh202 ),

A wise move keeping your HG & SHG lenses The two SHG lenses that I have never owned are the 7-14 and the 300, I would at some point consider the 7-14 though its a lens that I doubt would get much use so in reality would likely be a waste of money unless of course "the price was right". Likewise I am unlikely to for for a 300 now that I have the 90-250 unless again the price was too good to pass up.

The 150 F2 is a magical lens and very compact given its spec. and although I am very fond of that lens I do not plan on getting another. The reason being . I found that once I had the 90-250 I rarely used it and imagine that this will once again be the case.

As I am now only using the em-1 for my digital photography and that I now once more own the SHG optics I previously foolishly let go of it may become 'logical' in time to actually sell the 14-54 mk2 & 500-200 SWD, replace them with a couple of M4/3 primes such as 17 f1.8, 45 f1.8 . This would make for a versatile everyday walk-around light weight option that will fit in a small bag, ideal for family outings, you know when your 'better half' says "for God's sake can you please leave that lot behind, we're only going for a pub lunch"

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Indeed Simon. The Robin in my avatar is standing on a 600mm f/5.6. I borrowed an 800mm f/5.6 for a while before deciding it was simply to heavy to carry around the countryside.
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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

"A wise move keeping your HG & SHG lenses "

I had all my OM gear for close to 40 years then in 2007 went digital with the E-3 sight unseen,- pre release, and never looked back. Been building my E system kit ever since. I have never personally been in a shooting situation that my Oly gear could not handle.

"The 150 F2 is a magical lens and very compact given its spec. and although I am very fond of that lens I do not plan on getting another. The reason being . I found that once I had the 90-250 I rarely used it and imagine that this will once again be the case." Don Baldwinson on 4/3rds Photo and DPR has posted some fantastic images with the 150.

I got too a good a deal on the 150, it's too good to let go,(as you say Magical), and I don't need the $ I force myself to use it once in a while and it won't spoil ;-)

"As I am now only using the em-1 for my digital photography and that I now once more own the SHG optics I previously foolishly let go of it may become 'logical' in time to actually sell the 14-54 mk2 & 500-200 SWD, replace them with a couple of M4/3 primes such as 17 f1.8, 45 f1.8 ."

I like zooms...
I even kept the 12-60SWD after I purchased the also "Magical" 14-35SWD
which I mentioned I use to do Art copy work. I also will keep the 50-200 SWD for a light weight option compared to the 90-250 .
The E-3 and 12-60 had been my favorite walkabout kit.
I also use the combo exclusively to shoot the family with FL-50 flash on the
FP-1 bracket , a Dreamy combo, with the perfect range for indoor and fill flash family pics. That is what I am doing today

"This would make for a versatile everyday walk-around light weight option that will fit in a small bag, ideal for family outings, you know when your 'better half' says "for God's sake can you please leave that lot behind, we're only going for a pub lunch"

That is precisely why I Purchased the E-M1 and 12-40Pro.and will get the 40-150 when they release it. That will be my walkabout kit and all the 4/3rds gear is my serious work gear.

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Easter weekend wait over, it arrived today

I have to say it is actually SMALLER than I remembered or maybe I am confusing it with the Nikkor 400mm F2.8 I once owned

Very good condition, just a few light cosmetic marks. Extremely well packed, I have enough bubble wrap to protect all the bedding plants from a late frost

Naturally I have had no time to try it out yet but hopefully on the weekend an opportunity will present itself. The AF with the em-1 does seem to be very good, just like the other 4/3 lenses I have so that's great.

Very happy with "H.C." on this occasion. Thanks again for the 'heads-up" Bill ;-)

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Selling my E-5 HG & SG lens isn't something I contemplated when I bought the E-M1. I use my 90-250 regularly in fact it is probably my most used lens. I do carry with me to some race meetings a 50-200 SWD when I want something a bit lighter for panning. I have had some good results with the E-M1 90-250 combo, but I'm not ready to leave the E-5 at home I love the handling of the lens with this body.
This is a rally photo taken last November in Langdale Forest North Yorkshire.

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Simon,
to really get the most of this lens you need to do some basic static focus tests. and see if there needs to be any compensation dialed into the focus adjustment. I haven't had a chance to do it with the E-M1 yet but I did with the E-5 and it can make a difference if there is some back focus going on.
Use it well!

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Re: Dealer Sale - 90-250mm 2750

Well a couple of weeks have past since getting the 90-250 and as I guessed would be the case I have not yet had time to properly put it through its paces. I do not get much spare time at this time of year as the next few months are the busiest of the year for my business, still it is said everything comes to those who wait

Yesterday's weather in South Wales was awful, very high winds which wreaked havoc across my rose garden I spent most of today tidying up and giving the roses some TLC but did find some time to photograph some of my recent purchases to show on the forum.

So here is the 90-250 I was lucky enough to get, it really is compact when compared to what such a lens would be in the '135' format, this of course is the beauty of the 4/3 system. Of course it is not 'small' and it weighs 3.3kg but as you can see by the Heinz can alongside neither is it enormous.



And this is it with the substantial lens hood fitted



My 'SHG"' outfit fits nicely in a Lowepro 'Flipside 400 AW' , its holds the 90-250 with hood reversed, 35-100 F2 without the hood ( which I attach to an external strap on the bag ), 14-35 F2 at the top, 1.4x & 2x convertors plus a EX25 'coupled' to one another and the empty space holds the em-1 with the grip attached. It is actually very comfortable to carry on my back, the Flipside 400AW is a great backpack and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of purchasing such a bag.



Finally, the only image I currently have that I have taken with the 90-250. Last Bank-Holiday I went to my local nature reserve to try the lens out on the Canada Geese but they were too far off even for his lens. There are a few Highland Cattle there so I 'grabbed' several quick shots, this is the best of them, cropped by about 33.3% to remove the distracting undergrowth and to concentrate on the face. Not brilliant but good enough for a first effort which was handheld



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