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Old Dec 26, 2006, 5:13 PM   #1
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HI I AM NEW TO THE BOARDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN GENERAL, I RECIEVED A OLYMPUS E500 DSLR CAMERA FOR CHRISTMAS AND AM VERY KEEN TO GET INTO SURF PHOTOGRAPHY, I AM DESPERATE TO BUY A NEW LENS WITH ENOUGH ZOOOM CAPEABILITY I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THE SIGMA 50-500 BUT AM NOT SURE IF IT FITS MY CAMERA? IWOULD LIKE A LENS WITH LOADS OFZOOM AND PREFFERABLY AUTO FOCUS IF POSS? BUT BEING A COMPLETE NOVICE I HAVENT GOT A CLUE OR ANYONE TO ASK...... SO I WAS HOPING SOMEONE HERE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP?

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MERRY X-MAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

THANKS JON (NEWQUAY-UK)
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Old Dec 26, 2006, 5:58 PM   #2
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The Sigma 50-500mm lens IS available in Olympus 4/3 mount (which fits the E-500). But be careful to specify this lens mount when buying it, because the Sigma is also made for Nikon, Canon, and Pentax mounts (and maybe Minolta/Sony as well), and they aren't interchangeable if you get the wrong one.
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Old Dec 26, 2006, 6:06 PM   #3
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do these lenses offer a large zoom capeability eg enough to see surfers upclose from shore? thanks for your reply. jon.


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Old Dec 26, 2006, 6:19 PM   #4
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The Sigma 50-500mm lens is probably the only autofocus zoom lens that fits the Olympuses that DOES provide enough reach to get good tight shots of surfers from the shore. A 500mm lens on the E-500 will provide essentially a 20X magnification compared to a normal lens.
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Old Dec 26, 2006, 6:22 PM   #5
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Welcome to Oly and Happy Holidays. You might consider the Olympus 50-200mm lens with the EC14 1.4x teleconverter lens. We're talking a lot more $ than the Sigma. I'm just putting it out there as a possilbility. You would have the lens speed and distance needed for shots out on the breakers.
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does the sigma 50-500 come ready to fit to my cam if i specify the model to the dealer, or do i need some sort of adaptor? also can anyone point me to a good dealer that would be willing to ship to the uk? thanks for your help... jon


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Which ever lens you get you willneed agood tripod. It does get windy on the beach. Not one from your localdiscount store. Not discounting yourpast photographic experience I suggest that you learn your camera with what came with it before making any purchases. The basic knowledge of your camera is a must. You will be surprised what you can do with what you have.



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First, a general internet tip...don't type in all caps, IT'S LIKE YELLING! (Also it's harder to read.)

Second, you have to make sure the Sigma 50-500mm lens you get has a 4/3 mount.

Third, for new (and not so new) E-system users you can get a lot of useful information at:
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/index.html
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Oops sorry about the caps, but thanks for all your info. i called up a shop today in the UK for a price and they quoted me £735.00 uk pounds for the sigma 50-500 autofocus lens, i think thats around $1435.00 dollers and was wondering if that sounds a good price? or if not does anyone know of a supplier that may be able to help?

thanks again jon (uk)


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While I don't know about prices in the UK, that seems to be high. In the U.S., that Sigma 50-500mm lens can be gotten for $950-$1000.
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