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  • #61
    Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

    Originally posted by TonyR View Post
    ...
    Then, I know the E-M1 II is going to be announced before too long. If it has ... properly working C-AF, I'm going to have to have that too.
    Tony, that's a big if! (hopefully not). But if it does you might not need the 300 F4 - just use the 40-150 + MC14 and get more practice at cropping in PP.

    Good luck
    Chris

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    • #62
      Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

      Well after playing with it today wondering which part of my body to sell!
      GrahamJ
      EM1X, EM1 mk2, Panny/Leica m25, 60mm, 7-14mm 2.8, 12-40mm 2.8, 12-100 f4, 40-150mm 2.8, 300 f4 and those teleconverter thingys..........and I am sure thats it!

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      • #63
        Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

        Originally posted by GRAHAMJ View Post
        Well after playing with it today wondering which part of my body to sell!
        Well, come on then, spill the beans. What's it like to hold and use? Does it feel front heavy or reasonably well balanced? Etc, etc.

        Ron

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        • #64
          Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

          To me it was better balanced than my 50-200 SWD lens is on my EM1, if anything it felt lighter. You really notice how good the image stabilization is through the EVF and forget that this has a very narrow angle of view of a only 4.1deg (notice the avoidance of equivalence). I think I could pan with this all day if needed. Hope it becomes available before the start of the British Super Bikes.
          John

          OM-D E-M1, 12-40 f2.8 Pro, Tamron 14-150mm f5.8, E5, E3, Zuiko 50-200mm SWD, Zuiko 12-60mm SWD, Zuiko ED 70-300mm f5.6, 50mmf2, Zuiko ED 9-18mm f5.6, Sigma 50-500mm f6.3, EC14, EC20, RM-1, VA-1

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          • #65
            Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

            It felt good to me on my EM1. Probably better with the grip which I didn't take, Took some images and the stabilisation seems to work well. Very good performance wide open too. Didn't try it with the EC14 as the light was getting poor out over the Thames.
            Dave

            E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

            External Competition Secretary, Cwmbran PS & Welsh Photographic Federation Judge

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            • #66
              Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

              Although not much use to me it is a stunning lenses. Can only agree with bird boy. BTW nice to meet you yesterday.
              Jim
              www.jim-mccabe.co.uk
              http://www.jimmccabephotography.blogspot.com
              (My Travels in Aus & NZ)

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              • #67
                Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                I stuck it on my EM5 Mk1 for a play whilst at the PEN-F launch. The in lens stabilisation is very good, and IMHO better than the in body stabilisation. Unfortuantly the 2 fight each (no dual IS on the Mk 1) other so its one or the other and if you go for the in-lens then you loose the other axes that the camera offers.

                Handholding (with two hands) was no problem. The lens feels smaller than it is, perhaps becuase the last few inches are just the lens hood and not heavy glass, and is very manoueverable.
                Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
                Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
                Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
                Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
                Learn something new every day

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                • #68
                  Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                  Whenever I'm given something new to play with I go for "out of the box" testing. I asked the man from Olympus to do a Full Reset in the E-M1 with the 300mm f/4 + TC mounted on it.

                  So this is from a jpg straight out the camera, just resized to show here:


                  Then, with the same setup I "played" at my favorite subject:

                  Please keep in mind this is 1/30th of a second, free held, with the equivalent of an 840mm lens...



                  I think the IS just might be the best thing ever...
                  Graham

                  We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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                  • #69
                    Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                    Originally posted by Graham_of_Rainham View Post
                    Whenever I'm given something new to play with I go for "out of the box" testing. I asked the man from Olympus to do a Full Reset in the E-M1 with the 300mm f/4 + TC mounted on it.

                    So this is from a jpg straight out the camera, just resized to show here:


                    Then, with the same setup I "played" at my favorite subject:

                    Please keep in mind this is 1/30th of a second, free held, with the equivalent of an 840mm lens...



                    I think the IS just might be the best thing ever...
                    Graham,

                    RE: image 2 ........

                    I have to say that given the shutter speed was 1/30th hand held and as you say the FL equivalent to 840mm that is a staggerinly good result

                    Kind regards, Simon
                    “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept”
                    ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

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                    • #70
                      Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                      Originally posted by OM USer View Post
                      I stuck it on my EM5 Mk1 for a play whilst at the PEN-F launch. The in lens stabilisation is very good, and IMHO better than the in body stabilisation. Unfortuantly the 2 fight each (no dual IS on the Mk 1) other so its one or the other and if you go for the in-lens then you loose the other axes that the camera offers.

                      Handholding (with two hands) was no problem. The lens feels smaller than it is, perhaps becuase the last few inches are just the lens hood and not heavy glass, and is very manoueverable.
                      It's funny you have tried the 300 f4 lens on your E-M5 just right before they released more FW for your camera (& all the other 16 MP models) with Dual IS where the body can now add in body just rotational correction to the lens's OIS.
                      Ross
                      I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                      Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                      Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                      Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                      Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                      Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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                      • #71
                        Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                        Originally posted by Ross the fiddler View Post
                        It's funny you have tried the 300 f4 lens on your E-M5 just right before they released more FW for your camera (& all the other 16 MP models) with Dual IS where the body can now add in body just rotational correction to the lens's OIS.
                        Thanks Ross, just seen your other post on the matter and well chuffed.
                        Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
                        Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
                        Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
                        Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
                        Learn something new every day

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                        • #72
                          Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                          Just around the corner it seems. I wonder what the going rate is for a well used kidney?


                          http://www.43rumors.com/olympus-japa...m-february-26/
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                          • #73
                            Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                            Originally posted by bredman View Post
                            Just around the corner it seems. I wonder what the going rate is for a well used kidney?


                            http://www.43rumors.com/olympus-japa...m-february-26/
                            And you saw my post there? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...dly-trade.html
                            Ross
                            I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                            Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                            Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                            Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                            Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                            Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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                            • #74
                              Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                              Ephotozine have a review of the 300mm f/4 now. They like it a lot, although their sample photos are nothing special. I am looking forward to seeing what some experienced bird photographers can do with it.

                              Ron

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                              • #75
                                Re: Olympus 300mm F4 Pro Lens

                                Thanks for the heads-up. The lens looks good although many of the samples are poor. e.g. f/11 @ 1/160 - why? Also, using an E-M5 so no sync-IS.

                                Also, that "sparrow" is a redwing!

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