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Old 10th September 2010
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Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

First thread,
First of all, my apologies for registering about two months ago and then disappearing into the mists,I've had a LOT on in my work and personal life,
But here I am.

I'm thinking of getting the 70-300mm Olympus lens for my E-500 I have the standard kit lens 14-45mm that came with it as well as the 40-150mm that came with it in the twin lens set.

I've wanted one of these for a while as I like visiting Airshows and I've also recently started getting into wildlife photography as well,

I'm very 'green' as regards to photography, I'd love to get into landscape as well at some point,

I've just got back from two weeks in the Highlands of Scotland and took a number of pics which I'll try and get round to posting for your opinions folks,

But for now can anyone recommend a good place to get hold of one, I've got some on ebay under watch for about
250 plus shipping,from Kerso,Digigood etc, are these reputable sellers,anyone here bought from them ?

I've seen mention in the threads regarding CASHBACK, is that still on?
What do I have to look out for regarding if the lens is imported or not???

Phew think that's it,
Sorry for such abig first post/thread but i'd really appreciate your opinions,

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Hello & Welcome.

The 70-300 is a brilliant lens, so much so that my 40-150 is now up for sale and if I really needed the 40-70 range I can bolt on a 1.4x to get there. Ok so it's not super fast at focusing, but those of us that learned on manual lenses can often out shoot the AF guys simply by going manual & using the right techniques to get the shots we want.

The bonus is the "macro" focus capability and the switch for Manual Focus. There are some folk (Barr1e) who use it far more than me and to much greater effect.

Both the sellers you mention are ok. As are most on ebay with a good rep...

Have fun with it and do please show us the results

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OR:

Get a new one:

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Better Still - ReCycle

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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

Hi Graham,
Many thanks for the advice,
The ones I was watcing on ebay are new ones I believe from some of the photo shops on there,Arbroath cameras etc,Hadn't seen 'em on Amazon but will have a look,

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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

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Hi Graham,
Many thanks for the advice,
The ones I was watcing on ebay are new ones I believe from some of the photo shops on there,Arbroath cameras etc,Hadn't seen 'em on Amazon but will have a look,

Kindest regards
Tys
Be aware that a lot of e-bay stuff is grey import - nothing wrong with that as the supplier will have paid the duty etc (or should have). But offers such as cashbacks are usually limited to European stock as the come out of the European marketing budget to sell lenses in Europe. They also don't get the 2'nd years warrantee - because again that's met from the European budget for......

Of course not all e-bay stock is grey, the supplier should tell you if you ask.

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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

Try this thread:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=10890

from a member on here who's selling one.
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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

Spoke to one of the ebay guys (Kerso)
His lenses are imported from Olympus USA,
come with ONE year international warrenty
Price away from ebay

239.00 +10.00 p+p ???

what do you folks think,

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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

Hi have a 70-300 for sale exc condition boxed changed to nikon,sell for 180 pound that includes posting.
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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

Well, I just recently joined the 70-300 club. It seems like everyone has a learning curve to get to grips with this well made monster, and now I see why. Wow! The 300mm end means a lot of magnification and you require great care to get the very best shots with it.

I find slrgear lens reviews to be generally quite accurate. http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1102/cat/15
They say if you want maximum sharpness you need to be stopped down 2 clicks - so thats f8 at the wide end and f11 at the 300mm end. This means its a bright day lens.

I gave it a good try out in sunshine yesterday (at a social event, I won't post the people shots here) and it certainly did the business. You can pick out head and shoulder shots from across the crowd and if you obey the f stop rules, the results are pin sharp.

So: Having said all that it beats me how I got this picture



handheld at 300mm and 1/80 second.


More 70-300 shots as I learn the ropes...

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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

ORDERED !

Got one coming from Digigood 245.00 +9.99 next day del,

Thanks for all the advice guys, very much appreciated,
Snaarman that pic looks great, I appreciate I'm not going to get razor sharp images straight from the box,I'll have to work up to that,but depending on how I get to grips with this over the week I'm going to head to Southport on Sunday for the airshow,or at the very least to the side of Blackpool runway to watch 'em coming in and out.

Just an additional thought,what kind of filters do you guys use on your lenses,I have a Hoya Skylight on each of my other lenses that came with the E-500 but I was wondering about the UV lenses, are they any good?,I believe they can reduce haze when shooting landscape,but are they noticable any other time ie can I leave it on the lens?

Thanks again folks
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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

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Just an additional thought,what kind of filters do you guys use on your lenses,I have a Hoya Skylight on each of my other lenses that came with the E-500 but I was wondering about the UV lenses, are they any good?,I believe they can reduce haze when shooting landscape,but are they noticable any other time ie can I leave it on the lens?

Thanks again folks
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You'll find half of us never use filters at all, and the other half won't go out without a UV filter attached...

See, that helped didn't it :-)

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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

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You'll find half of us never use filters at all, and the other half won't go out without a UV filter attached...

See, that helped didn't it :-)

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So it's kind of a personal preference thing then ?

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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

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Spoke to one of the ebay guys (Kerso)
His lenses are imported from Olympus USA,
come with ONE year international warrenty
Price away from ebay

239.00 +10.00 p+p ???

what do you folks think,

Kindest regards
Tys
Got mine from him. Had to send the first one back because it was broken. Second one arrived the day after they received the first one back, very speedy but haven't received a refund on the cost of shipping it back yet. The second one works fine though (well, I think so anyway but I'm not very good with it yet!):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kittyka...7624813233937/
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Re: Thinking of buying a 70-300mm Zuiko

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lol
So it's kind of a personal preference thing then ?

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Sort of. There was a very, er, in depth discussion on this subject on here a couple of months ago which you may find interesting:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthre...ghlight=filter
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