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Old Jul 2, 2006, 10:23 AM   #1
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What lens do i need for long distance pics ? I have a e-volt 500 pictures of wild life and birding.
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Old Jul 2, 2006, 11:09 AM   #2
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I suggest you ask this question in the Olympus E Series DSLR forum for better results on a camera specific topic. Just scroll down a little further under Discussion forums.

P.S. I am interested also. I expect my E-500 to arrive Wednesday.

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Old Jul 2, 2006, 11:12 AM   #3
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Old Jul 2, 2006, 11:20 AM   #4
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If ya find any thing out let me know thnx
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This question begs another couple of questions....how much are you ready to spend and how serious are you about doing this alot?

For serious closeups of birds, unless you plan to shoot and then crop around50% or more,you need to start off around 500mm. Any focal length less than that just won't get you close enough unless you're working in a controlled environment like a zoo that has everything caged in. At 500mm you'll also need a good, steady, heavy duty tripod so you won't be rubber-armed by the end of a day's shooting.

Sigma, as you may or may not know, is about to start selling some of their most popular lenses in the Olympus E-mount, one of which is their 50-500. With the 2x crop effect that'd give you a 1000mm lens. If that doesn't interest you,you can also look into buying some of the exotic adapters out there anduse older, cheapermanual focus telephotolensesby either Olympus or other makers,which brings it's own disadvantages like manually focusing, stop-down metering, etc.

I give you these options first because within Olympus' own lens line you are very limited for this type work. A 50-200 Zuiko plus the 1.4 converter at the 200mm endwould give you 280mm, or an equivalent 35mm setting of 560mm, but this combo will set you back well over $1,000US and you will still be cropping your images quite a bit to get what you want in many cases. Of course, if that's pocket change to you a 300mm f2.8 at around $6,000 plus the tele convertermay be just the ticket!

Otherbrands have lenses moreappropriate for the job, but nothing is cheap from any makerat these longerfocal lengths.
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Old Jul 2, 2006, 1:31 PM   #6
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money isnt no problem I just want the best i can get I like quality not quanity.
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Old Jul 2, 2006, 3:13 PM   #7
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Here's a list of all the 4/3 lenses that are available or will be available shortly:

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Old Jul 2, 2006, 10:52 PM   #8
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When you say that money is not an issue, do you realize that the Olympus 300mm f2.8 lens, and a 1.4x converter will cost you over $6000? That's the rig that I would recommend if you were going to do this professionally.

It will be alot sharper than the Sigma 50-500 zoom.

Another more economical solution would be to use a legacy manual focus lens, like a 300mm f2.8 Nikkor AI or 300mm f2.8 Zuiko lens, with an adapter, and a good 1.4x or 2x teleconverter. Those types of solutions would provide equivalent optical quality to the expensive Olympus Digital Zuiko rig I described above, but of course, you'd need to focus manually. The good news is, with careful shopping, you could pick up a manual focus rig like this for something in the vicinity of $1000.

I have the 300mm f2.8 Nikkor AI, and a good Nikon Kiron MC-7 teleconverter, that I use for this application on my Olympus E-300 and E-1 bodies. I also recommend, for using manual focusing on these cameras, a Katz-Eye ground glass with split image center and microprism collar.

Finally, at the end of the day, the lens and camera might not be as important as the tripod head you use. Once you have the right lens, you need a proper tripod head to mount it on. A good pro-class ball head, or fluid head, or even better, a wemberly gimbal head might be what you really need to pull this off.

Here's an example of a hummingbird I caught with this Nikkor 300mm f2.8 and a 2x Kiron MC7 converter, giving me an effective 1200mm f5.6 lens
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 1:03 PM   #9
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Sounds good ill get the 300 mm .Im not a pro but i like quality shots if i can get them thnx for the info.This is a good informative site thnx again.Ill order the lens today .And also get the tripod ya recomended .
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