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How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

Hi Guys,

Just a quick question....... How are you E-M1 users getting on using the following lenses ? Namely the ZD 35-100mm F2, ZD 150mm F2 and finally the ZD 300mm F2.8 .

I ask as I have these three lenses and I am about to get a brand new E-M1.

Any tips would be appreciated, though I do understand that only by using this kit and developing a technique to get the best out of it is required.
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

Hi Thomas,

I know that you have not listed it but if it offers any reassurance the 50-200swd does quite nicely thank you. I have just tried it with an EC14 too; which, does make it feel a bit heavier not at all in an unpleasant way, certainly not in the same league as my previous set up of Pentax K30 with Bigma 150-500mm. I guess having become used to a 75-300 I am bound to notice the difference in weight, balance, and handling.

I was new to Olympus when I bought my EM-1 and up until a few weeks ago I could see no need in using anything other that m4/3rds glass until, when at the Fens Falconry (another great day) oly_om, (Andy) introduced me to the 50-200 swd, He has a variety of lenses so it may be worth sending him a message in case he does not notice this thread.

but if you would like me to borrow your 300 2.8 and let you know how it goes. I will be happy to help!!

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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

I am not lucky enough to own the glass that you have but what I do have (see below) works great. As has been said, the grip is pretty well essential especially with the 50-200 as the EM1 body on its own is not substantial enough when turning the zoom ring. The problem I have is the bulk of the lenses which still makes for a weighty combo. Much as I love the quality of my 43rds glass I will soon be migrating more into micro land but not without a tinge of regret I am sure
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

Jon and Dave,

Thanks for the replies and Jon glad you are so pleased with the 50-200 SWD.

I realise the benefits of the m4/3 system and have to agree that from my point of view a lighter kitbag of smaller m4/3 primes in the future will be a lot better for me too.

With regard to the 3 SHGs I have, Well I just could not bring myself to move them on with putting money into these lenses, liking Olympus cameras etc and also the image and build quality. I am hoping that they work as well on my new E-M1 as they did on my E620.
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

Good point raised by Dave,

the grip will be essential. Out of curiosity I took mine off whilst the the 50 -200 was mounted. It did not work for me!
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

I have used the 150mm f/2 on the E-M1- for rugby on really foul days in midwinter when you can count the available photons on one hand - and it performs really well. Excellent handling and image quality. It's hard to be precise but I think it probably behaves as well on the E-M1 as on the E-5. I also have the 35-100 but haven't had cause to use it with the E-M1 yet, but based on the experience with other lenses I would be confident in relying on it at an event.

I have also used the 90-250 and 50-200 and found both of them good. I don't have the 300 so can't comment.

As for using the grip - I find all of these lenses, even the 50-200, rather too big to hand-hold without some kind of support. For the 90-250, which is similar in size & weight to the 300/2.8, I usually use a monopod. For the others I use a video-style shoulder pod and find it gives plenty of support. Using one of those, the grip is an irrelevance unless you prefer it for the extra battery or for portrait-mode shooting.

I hope this is encouraging. In summary I think you will find that these big lenses work a treat. They are all absolute beauties and there is nothing similar in the m43 lineup so your investment will continue to work for you.

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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

Hi Jon,

At what point can I still claim the HLD 7 grip ?? SRS say that the offer expires on the 30th June while Olympus web site says 31st August ?

I agree that the grip would make a useful addition as I had a grip one on my E620.
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

I would ask both SRS and Olympus! It may be that if you place the order (and possibly pay, in full or a deposit) before 30th June you will be OK. But there is no point in speculating, just go to them and ask.

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I would ask both SRS and Olympus! It may be that if you place the order (and possibly pay, in full or a deposit) before 30th June you will be OK. But there is no point in speculating, just go to them and ask.

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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

I use the 50-200 (non SWD) and the 12-60 with my EM-1 and like them both very much. I do use the grip with both though, so really echoing what others have said. I think I will also be taking the 70-300 mk1 out for dragonfly shooting soon. I used it with the EM-5 although focussing was a bit hit or miss. I'm hoping it will be better on the EM-1. I have to say when it found the focus it was excellent and I could stand back which was a bonus.

However I did the Olympus Street Walk yesterday and borrowed the 12-40 which was very nice. I could see it becoming my 'go to' lens as and when (if) I can afford it!
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

I've found the 35-100mm to be excellent with the E-M1. It's my go to lens for weddings (which you can imagine produces every possible situation imaginable).

I will say while shooting my last wedding a couple of weeks ago, I noticed I seemed to have more trouble focusing than any prior this year... it would seem, after the update to firmware v1.4, the face detection feature (which I'd left on previously just because), seems to get in the way.

It seemed like it made faces a priority over everything else in the frame (of course, that's it's purpose I suppose), but I had to use single point focusing for sometime before turning it off. It also took issue with multiple faces, lol. This could just be a personal experience, but after turning it off, back to good old accurate focus again.

It just baffled me because hadn't been an issue before, but perhaps the update improved this feature that actually wasn't doing anything for me before. I did not have great experiences with the 50-200mm SWD prior to the update, and haven't really used it since, but from what I hear it's better now. Upgrading the firmware to 1.4 will be the first thing you'll want to do. The 35-100mm has been wonderful for me, and my other two go to lenses (PL 25mm 1.4, and PL 14-50mm 2.8-35) have been even better, quicker perhaps than they were on my E-30.

One of these days I must acquire a m4/3's lens The new 7-14 might fill a void here in my range. The grip doesn't leave my camera btw.
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

I use the fourthirds 35 macro and the Sigma 105 macro with no trouble at all on the Om-D EM1.
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

Hi Guys,

Thanks for all the replies greatly received, another question, when shooting fast sports i.e. Cycle racing, show jumping or wildlife/birds what AF mode suites the larger magnification SHG glass?
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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

Oohh dear, difficult question! I suspect it depends more on your shooting technique than the glass you are using. For what it's worth I generally use single small centre point S-AF and get a reasonable hit ratio. That is most definitely not to say it's the best method, it's just the one use and that's pretty much because I always have.

We are lucky to have some pretty hot wildlife/bird snappers here so they should have some good tips.

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Re: How are you getting on using 4/3 lenses on E-M1

Since updating to firmware V 1.4 I'm not happy with the E-M1 with SHG lens. I was shooting bike racing at Olivers Mount Scarborough last Sunday. I took 90-250, 35-100, 50-200 & m75-300, 12-50 with E-M1 and E-5.
I found using CAF the E-M1 was hunting for focus and would more often than not fail to focus. This was on both panning and head on mid corner shoots. I was glad I had the E-5 with me so much more reliable. How are people finding the noise on the E-M1? I shoot raw and find anything above ISO1600 is completely unusable.
The only keeps from the E-M1 are shot with m75-300 and m12-50
If someone had offered me a another E-5 to swap for it I would have snapped there hand off.

I don't know what they have done with V1.4 but I now don't trust the E-M1 with SHG lens. So not selling E-5
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