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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Some advice please

I've made a few bob selling some of my old kit and am once again mulling over getting the 75-300mk2 to replace my 75-300

Whilst I am getting some very acceptable results with the mk1 I do find that when the light is a bit "Flarey" or coming from the forward of 45 degrees to the lens position it appears to be prone to loss of contrast and detail. (I've seen this again today when wandering around our local salt marshes.)

I see that the mk 2 has an improved anti-flare coating and reading sites like DXO see that it gets an increased rating in overall performance, particularly sharpness

I know several of you have the mk2 version of this lens so wondered what your thoughts were on this (particularly if anyone has made the swap I am considering)

Thanks in advance for any help
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Re: Some advice please

I've not made the swap from the Mk 1, and haven't used it in adverse conditions, but it seems crisp enough and fast to focus, which to my unscientific mind suggests a more even light distribution. Build quality is good, too.
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Re: Some advice please

I've wondered about this but I'm going to wait for the possible 300mm prime to come next year!

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I've wondered about this but I'm going to wait for the possible 300mm prime to come next year!

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I've wondered about this but I'm going to wait for the possible 300mm prime to come next year!

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I too love the idea of this but worry about the cost (and to a lesser extent, how much its going to weigh)
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I too love the idea of this but worry about the cost (and to a lesser extent, how much its going to weigh)
I think that to a large extent will be decided by whether they go for an F2.8 or an F4, releasing both would be a good idea, the 2.8 for the Pro range, the F4 for the enthusiasts.
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I've made a few bob selling some of my old kit and am once again mulling over getting the 75-300mk2 to replace my 75-300

Whilst I am getting some very acceptable results with the mk1 I do find that when the light is a bit "Flarey" or coming from the forward of 45 degrees to the lens position it appears to be prone to loss of contrast and detail. (I've seen this again today when wandering around our local salt marshes.)

I see that the mk 2 has an improved anti-flare coating and reading sites like DXO see that it gets an increased rating in overall performance, particularly sharpness

I know several of you have the mk2 version of this lens so wondered what your thoughts were on this (particularly if anyone has made the swap I am considering)
Brian I do not find lack of contrast a problem with the Mk2. but as I have never used the Mk1, I have nothing to compare with! However compared with the Panny 100-300 it is I would say very slightly more contrasty but not by enough to make much differenece.

Having recently spent some time using both lenses in Africa, I seemed to be reducing contrast after 09.00 AM! Especially against the parched whitish desert background! Your Mk1 might perform admirably in the African light!

It's all horses for courses, I reckon. But we are not that far away should you wish to try mine before investing? You would be more than welcome.
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Re: Some advice please

Sat thinking about this during two slow days at Upton House Craft Fair (worst sales ever! ) I decided to stick with what I have and put the money into my "pro-lens fund"

I'll probably go for the 12-40 when its more freely available then save up again for the 40-150 f2.8 later in the year

Thanks for all the input
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Both of those lenses are on my wish list too!
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Re: Some advice please

What goes around comes around - I've just placed the order for the mk2!

Why? several reasons in the end:

- the manual zoom on my old copy (which was used when I got it) is very "sticky", reviewing my experiences from the HCT and the shoot on Mudeford Quay reminded me that I do like to use the SAF + MF option, for long shots of small birds in particular, and it is no longer easy to do so

- the zoom creep and extended lens wobble may, perhaps, play a part in those shots that aren't as sharp as I expect (I can feel a fair bit of play when holding the extended section of the tube)

- cash is available both for this and early next year for the 12-40 f2.8, if I spend it now the Government can't have it later (and better yet, neither can my two kids when I finally pop me clogs - long live "SKI'ing" )

Its going to have a hard act to follow though, as when it works, the old lens gives rather good results (rather like me come to think of it )
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Re: Some advice please

I'll be interested to see your thoughts on the comparison of the two lenses Brian!
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Me too!
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Re: Some advice please

So, the lens has arrived and firmware 1.1 is installed on my EM-1

First impressions of the new lens:

- build is excellent, no lens creep even with the hood on and manual focus is lovely and smooth. No barrel wobble at full extension

- hand-holding focus testing under limited lighting seems good, I'm getting sharp shots at 1/15th - 1/25th sec and 90 - 300mm fl. Its also performing well on my long range focus targets (I'll stick a few pics up later if anyone is interested)

- all of the above is, I guess, not surprising, considering the age of my mk 1 beast, there is a fair amount of play in the system

I will be interested to see if this is the repeated when I get out and manage a bit of BIF / Sport shooting (probably not until next week as we have another craft fair this week-end - at Highcliffe Castle, 11 - 4 both days should anyone be in the area )
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Re: Some advice please

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So, the lens has arrived and firmware 12.1 is installed on my EM-1
Firmware 12.1. Blimey, I've got some catching up to do!

I am glad you like the new lens so far Brian. I haven't got any complaints with mine.

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Re: Some advice please

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So, the lens has arrived and firmware 12.1 is installed on my EM-1

First impressions of the new lens:

- build is excellent, no lens creep even with the hood on and manual focus is lovely and smooth. No barrel wobble at full extension
lol @ 12.1

I seriously appreciated your previous logical post, which mirrored my thoughts exactly in the context of whether to get a 75-300 or wait for the 40-150 (I don't have the Mk 1 though, and have just let my 50-200 go so the 35-100/2 is my telephoto zoom now

enjoy the new lens, and I hope the craft fairs go better for you over the next few weeks.
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