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luunguyen Jul 11, 2005 1:52 AM

Hello every one.

I am intersted in taking birds photo or photo of other objects that are very far away. I have a very little knowledge on cameras, so I really need advice from you all about a suitable Len for that purpose with my E 300.

Thank you very much in advance.

zoegy73 Jul 14, 2005 12:03 PM

You need long fast tele for that kind of work. If money not problem, zuiko ED 300+EC 14 is best tool. But if it's beyond your budget, ED 50-200 + EC 14 is the second option. If it still beyond your budget, then Sigma 55-200. But the last lens is slow and not as sharp as any zuiko lens. Another option is purchase OM telelens and use it with OM adapter.

I have EZ 40-150. This lens isn't enough for birding work.


luunguyen Jul 15, 2005 1:04 AM

Thank you very much for your advice.

By the way,since I know nothing about camera Lens, I would like to ask you one more question about the Zoom.

About the matter of the Zoom distance ( Let forget about the Quality, Sharpness, Fast....), how would you say about an SLR camera with a Len 55-200mm compared to a35mm filmcamera witha 60-252mm zoom Lens?

With the same object, from the same distance, can we bring the image closerusing the camera with a 55-200mm Len ? How much it is closer compared to the60-252mm zoomon the 35mm filmcamera ?

Any opinion will help. Thank you.

Technophile Jul 18, 2005 7:56 AM

The E300 has a 2X multiplication factor relative to a 35mm camera (The 35mm camera has a 36mm width of film to record the image, while the E300 has 18mm). So a 55-200 Olympus lens for the 4/3 system is equivalent to 110-400 on the 35mm camera. 400mm is basically an 8 times magnification. For bird photographs 400mm isn't really anywhere near enough. Even with the 1.4 TC (giving you 560mm in 35mm equivalent)it's going to be difficult. Maybe Oly/Panasonic/Sigma will bring out a more affordable 300mm in the near future - a 300mm f4 is long overdue, preferably with image stabilisation.

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