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90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

Am offered a 90-250 at around GBP1.1k. Is it worth getting?
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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

Depending on condition that's an excellent price. The one and only issue in my mind is its size and weight. It really needs to be used on at least a monopod.

Image quality though is outstanding.

I haven't tested it with mine, but the aperture mechanism may not be able to keep up with very fast frame rates - I think I will get mine out later and test this! But it has no problem with 5fps.

You need to use it on an E-M1 (Mark 1 or 2) if you aren't using a DSLR body because it's really too frustrating using the autofocus on a non-phase detect body. If you are happy to use manual focus then it's fine on any body - of course you will need an MMF or equivalent adapter.

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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

It is a superb lens but big and heavy, by m43 standards anyway.

I used it for rugby on E-series bodies and it was excellent. I still use it on the E-M1 (both versions) with an adapter in the depths of winter when it is too dark for smaller lenses, and it works really well. I don't generally shoot sequences, specially not at 60 frames per second, but since I usually shoot wide open anyway any problems of the type that Ian mentions relating to speed of the aperture mech will not be relevant.

Some people could probably hand-hold it - I have met people who claim to hand-hold the 4/3 300mm f/2.8 which is similar in size and weight - but I would not even try to use it without a monopod.

I second Ian's opinion that as long as it is what you want, and it is in good condition, that is a good price. You will get an awful lot of lens for your money!

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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

I guess you wont be bringing it over on your next visit due to the weight
It would be great to see some shots from it if you decide to go for it.
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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

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It is a superb lens but big and heavy, by m43 standards anyway.

I used it for rugby on E-series bodies and it was excellent. I still use it on the E-M1 (both versions) with an adapter in the depths of winter when it is too dark for smaller lenses, and it works really well. I don't generally shoot sequences, specially not at 60 frames per second, but since I usually shoot wide open anyway any problems of the type that Ian mentions relating to speed of the aperture mech will not be relevant.

Some people could probably hand-hold it - I have met people who claim to hand-hold the 4/3 300mm f/2.8 which is similar in size and weight - but I would not even try to use it without a monopod.

I second Ian's opinion that as long as it is what you want, and it is in good condition, that is a good price. You will get an awful lot of lens for your money!

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Good point, John - if you shoot wide open the aperture mechanism doesn't slow things down at all. The nice thing is that the lens is eminently usable wide open, of course.

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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

Years ago, when I was much stronger, I borrowed Ian's and it was truly superb



That's hand held at 250mm
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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

Yes, it's a superb lens and it also weights a TON I am already struggling with that 50-500, what more this monster. Should I get it, I would need also to get a drybox to fit it. And when will I actually use it? Think I will skip this..

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I guess you wont be bringing it over on your next visit due to the weight
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Depending on condition that's an excellent price.
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Viewed it, it's 10/10 like it's never been used.
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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

It works brilliantly with the EC-14 and EC-20 converters too.

I'd be tempted to buy it as an investment as I'm sure you could make a profit on it later. The Top Pro lenses are enjoying some popularity thanks to the E-M1.

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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

It's a stunning lens both in performance and weight. You need a Sherpa or a wheel barrow which is why I sold mine!
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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

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It's a stunning lens both in performance and weight. You need a Sherpa or a wheel barrow which is why I sold mine!
That's what I am afraid of.

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It works brilliantly with the EC-14 and EC-20 converters too.

I'd be tempted to buy it as an investment as I'm sure you could make a profit on it later. The Top Pro lenses are enjoying some popularity thanks to the E-M1.

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Thinking but that required storage is a put off. my now 60lit dry box is already full.
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Thinking but that required storage is a put off. my now 60lit dry box is already full.
Having lived in the Far East myself (indeed, I'm going there tomorrow ) it struck me that some here might not realise what you mean by a Dry Box

It's very humid in the tropics and this can mean the dreaded fungus making its home inside your lens!

A Dry Box is a special storage container with a dessicant to keep the humidity at bay.

Alas I'm not going to your country - I'm visiting family in the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong. I hope to post lots of photos!

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Have a great trip Ian. Looking forward to seeing the images.
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Re: 90-250/2.8 is it worth getting?

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Yep, I've owned it and sold it TWICE for those very reasons.

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Having lived in the Far East myself (indeed, I'm going there tomorrow ) it struck me that some here might not realise what you mean by a Dry Box

It's very humid in the tropics and this can mean the dreaded fungus making its home inside your lens!

A Dry Box is a special storage container with a dessicant to keep the humidity at bay.

Alas I'm not going to your country - I'm visiting family in the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong. I hope to post lots of photos!

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As Phil has said ... have a great trip Ian. I am sure you will have plenty of photo's to edit upon your return. As it happens I'm off to the Far East at the end of October, one week based in Tokyo and another in Kyoto .... can't wait.

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Have a great trip Ian and Simon Bee. Looking forward to your travelogue.
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