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Old Dec 27, 2006, 1:45 PM   #11
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This guy seems to be doing fairly well with the 50-200 Zuiko and 1.4 teleconverter..

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Old Dec 27, 2006, 2:39 PM   #12
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Yes, but he wishes that he had more length with it (he said he wished he had a 2X, and he had to crop significantly to get that shot). I think that the Sigma's a better choice for surfing or birding, because it gets to nearly double the focal length, and in the final analysis, for those two applications, quite simply, the longer the better.

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Old Dec 29, 2006, 7:11 AM   #13
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Iv spent a hole day lookin for a dealer that will source a 50-500 sigma af lens to fit my e500 dslr.

every one i managed to speak to has said that its not available for my camera or as soon as i mention olympus they dont want to know, can anyone point me in the right direction as i feel so frustrated , i feel like weve made the wrong choice going for olympus even though i really like the camera itself. are there any american dealers that anyone knows of that may be able to help?

any info much appreciated.

many thanks jon (UK)
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Old Dec 29, 2006, 11:21 AM   #14
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The Sigma lens was only announced for the Olympus about 4 months ago, and has only been available for it in the U.S. for a couple of months. It's just likely that it's in short supply in the UK, and you need to be a bit patient as the product fills into the sales channel. Sorry, but you just need to relax a bit.
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Old Dec 29, 2006, 1:09 PM   #15
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Which ever lens you get you willneed agood tripod.
Those were my immediate and exact sentiments. A novice trying to hand-hold a 500mm (35mm equivalent 1000mm) lens is (probably) a disaster waiting to happen. :?

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Old Dec 29, 2006, 3:26 PM   #16
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I've handheld 2250mm, but then again I'm not a novice! :blah:
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Old Jan 2, 2007, 12:17 PM   #17
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just goes to show persistance pays, as ijust managed to get my sigma 50-500 lens olympus mount for my e500 of the shelf in the UK.

i also purchased a manfretto tripod for around $700 which should help being a novice. thanks for your help jon (uk).
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There's a formula that you can use to try and eliminate hand shake...set your shutter speed to 1/(35mm equivalent focal length). So with the 50-500 set to 500mm, the 35mm equivalent is 1000mm so if you can set the shutter speed to 1/1000 or faster, you can reduce the potential for hand shake (provided the lens isn't too heavy for you to hand hold).


For instance I have a 200mm OM lens with a 2x converter, and on the E-300 that would be the equivalent of 800mm, but as the lens isn't that heavy I can get away with hand holding it as long as I am 1/800 or faster.
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