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Old Sep 6, 2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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This is a response I got from Sigma about the 50-500 for the four thirds system:

Thank you for your inquiry.

50-500mm lens in FT mount is scheduled to be available toward the end of this month worldwide.
It will work in both AF and MF modes on Olympus camera bodies.



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Old Sep 6, 2006, 8:16 PM   #2
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MSRP is almost $1400. Here's a link to the specific lens info:

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...sp?navigator=3

Think the lens is really heavy enough to require the handle?
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Old Sep 6, 2006, 10:58 PM   #3
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jimkurta wrote:
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Think the lens is really heavy enough to require the handle?
Oh yes!

http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len..._463/index.htm

Not only heavy enough, but without image stabilization it'll be virtually impossible to hold it at 500mm (1,000mm equivalent in 35mm terms on an Olympus DSLR) without using a tripod at any shutter speed under 1/1000, maybe even 1/2000 sec.
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 7:00 AM   #4
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If you look at the photos taken online there are a lot of very good shots at even 500mm... Offcourse you need a tripod at those focal lenghts... This is not a portrait lens so I don't really understand your dillema. I agree that the IS would be a great feature. I still think its the best high zoom you can get for the four thirds without spending the big bucks...

What about using the ZD 50-200 and a magnifier? How do you think it would compare?
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A magnifyer will most likely degrade the image too much. I'd be more apt to use the 1.4 teleconverter and just crop the resultingimage down.
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 12:54 PM   #6
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I'll be saving my pennies for this lens (50-500).

Yesterday afternoon I was at a 6th grade scrimmage football game with one of my neighbors and I REALLY wished I had THAT lens , the 40-150 just doesn't cut it in those situations.


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Greg Chappell wrote:
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jimkurta wrote:
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Think the lens is really heavy enough to require the handle?
Oh yes!

http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len..._463/index.htm

Not only heavy enough, but without image stabilization it'll be virtually impossible to hold it at 500mm (1,000mm equivalent in 35mm terms on an Olympus DSLR) without using a tripod at any shutter speed under 1/1000, maybe even 1/2000 sec.
Great review, though this sure is an understatement:

"At the other end of the zoom range we find the 50mm setting. Well, 50mm combined with a max. aperture of f/4 isn't terribly useful"

But the fantastic low distortion level more than makes up for that. This sounds like the perfect lens for doing investigative work, especially with the teleconverters available. Even with the 2X converter the distortion shouldn't be prohibitive. The resolution was nothing to write home about, but in very bright light situations it shouldn't matter too much. I wonder how well it would perform in the covered statiums most football games are played in?

I wish they included more sample shots at the 500mm setting.

Maybe one day we'll see that 500mm, f1.8 lens we've all been dreaming of...
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Maybe one day we'll see that 500mm, f1.8 lens we've all been dreaming of...
Wouldnt that be HUUUGE ? the amount of glass and size required to let in enough light from a 4/3rd equivalent of 1000 mm ?

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