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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Old 16th June 2012
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Range of lenses - advice please

Not sure this is the best place to post, but seemed most appropriate.

I should receive delivery of an E3 in the next few days. I have been 'collecting' lenses while I wait, and I now have:

14-54mm 2.8-3.5
40-150mm 3.5-4.5 (Japanese made)
70-300mm 4.0-5.6

35mm macro 3.5
EX25 tube

I would like to get the EC14, and eventually a 50-200mm.


My question is, do you think I should keep the 40-150m. Or will it realistically be surplus as I have the 14-54mm for general work and the 70-300mm for telephoto work

My targets will be mostly wildlife and family pics


Advice much appreciated
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Old 16th June 2012
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Re: Range of lenses - advice please

It's a nice range you have there but honestly I don't see why one should keep 3 telephoto lenses (assuming you will buy the 50-200)!

If I were you I would not hesitate to get rid of one of them but that would probably be the 70-300 (once you've bought the 50-200) unless you reckon that those 100mm would really make a difference for your wildlife shoots (which I know very little about).

I hope it helps
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Re: Range of lenses - advice please

I have a similar collection plus similar wish list

The 70-300 is a great lens - but it don't like dull days

I have to say the 40-150 is my usual walk about lens
if you sell this you will be lucky to clear £70

I'd hang on to what you have for say 12 months and see how things go
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Re: Range of lenses - advice please

I'd keep the 40-150 - that mark 1 version of the lens is a very decent performer but not going to fetch much secondhand. Also, the difference between 40mm and 70mm is quite marked - and covers some useful focal lengths around the portrait range.
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Re: Range of lenses - advice please

If you get the 50-200 plus EC14 you won't need the 70-300. The 40-150 is such a good light lens you'll find yourself using it most.
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I would keep the 40-150, as it isn't worth much on the used market, and is so lightweight it nearly floats compared to heavier zooms.
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Re: Range of lenses - advice please

Trying to guide you... Regarding the overlap of telephoto lenses - it depends on your plans. I have a similar set of lenses myself:
40-150 (from the kit)
70-300
50-200
50 macro
EX25

My 40-150 does not see much use. It's not a bad lens but the 70-300 is in my opinion a more useful lens, covering a wider area and also having quite good macro capabilities. The only times I use the 40-150 is when I want to keep weight and size at a minimum.

The 50-200 is a great lens that would be a perfect companion to the 14-54. I have one myself, I love that lens and still I have no plans to drop my 70-300 for two reasons: Outstanding weight/size considering the reach and macro capabilities, suitable for close-up photography at some distance. With the EC14 you get comparable focal length to 70-300, falling 16 mm short but that has no real practical impact.

You write "wildlife". The 50-200 could be on the short side (depending on what subjects you plan to photograph). What focal length are you mostly using on the 70-300? Let me guess... 300?

The 40-150 most likely has a quite low second hand value. Keep it as a walkaround lens and for e.g. portraits of family members.

You mention buying the EC14 first and then eventually the 50-200. I would probably advise the other way, or buying them at same time. I suppose you were thinking about the 300 + EC14 providing 420 mm? I am afraid that this combination does not produce the nice results that you get from the 70-300 alone.

One you have got a 50-200 (+EC14) you could sell the 70-300.

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Re: Range of lenses - advice please

If I were you I'd hang on to the 40-150mm if it is the Mk1 version, it's good glass, if the mk 2 then let it go.
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Re: Range of lenses - advice please

Sorry to sidetrack slightly, but can someone please tell me how to tell which version of the 40-150mm lens is which? It has me flummoxed!

Just asking out of curiosity - there's no way I would part with mine!

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Re: Range of lenses - advice please

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Sorry to sidetrack slightly, but can someone please tell me how to tell which version of the 40-150mm lens is which? It has me flummoxed!

Just asking out of curiosity - there's no way I would part with mine!

Janet

Easy

The MK 1 has a better f rating 3.5-4.5

The MK 2 is smaller but lower quality (as I understand it ) and f rating 4-5.6

This means that while the MK 2 is smaller and lighter (and has a shorter minimum focal length) it is a slower lens, you will be forced to use slower shutter speeds and so results may be less good.


Hope I summarise accuratley
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