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Old Jul 10, 2012, 1:44 PM   #1
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I was given an E-500 camera body by a friend who upgraded to an E-620. I bought a 40-150mm lens and have enjoyed using the camera very much, but now I'd like to get a longer lens so I can photograph ospreys that nest in our area. Images taken at 150mm just aren't satisfactory.

Is the 70-300mm ED Zuiko telephoto zoom lens compatible with an E-500 and, if so, do I need to upgrade the firmware to version 1.4? I'm on dial-up and if I don't need to upgrade from 1.3, I'd prefer not to. I've read that the upgrade is for MF only (which I don't use).

Since the E-500 doesn't have image stabilization, I wonder if that would be a major problem. I have a tripod and would use it, if necessary.

Hoping someone can help me with these questions. Thanks.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 2:26 PM   #2
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I was given an E-500 camera body by a friend who upgraded to an E-620. I bought a 40-150mm lens and have enjoyed using the camera very much, but now I'd like to get a longer lens so I can photograph ospreys that nest in our area. Images taken at 150mm just aren't satisfactory.

Is the 70-300mm ED Zuiko telephoto zoom lens compatible with an E-500 and, if so, do I need to upgrade the firmware to version 1.4? I'm on dial-up and if I don't need to upgrade from 1.3, I'd prefer not to. I've read that the upgrade is for MF only (which I don't use).

Since the E-500 doesn't have image stabilization, I wonder if that would be a major problem. I have a tripod and would use it, if necessary.

Hoping someone can help me with these questions. Thanks.
Gwen
I still have an E-500 and have used the 70-300 on it many times, it is a light hog, so at least a monopod is usually a requirement. The 70-300 is one of the best "value" lenses in the Oly stable. IS Helps but not a requirement. You can bump the ISO up to 400 or 800 and generally get some decent shots.

Better is the 50-200 and the EC 14, but again IS will help or a monopod and it is a faster lens, better in low light.

My only problem with the 70-300 is some focus hunting, stable objects is no problem but pretty much forget any BIF (Birds in Flight) shots, But the lens is sharp as a tack and the close focusing capabilities substitutes nicely for a macro...

Good luck and I have kept my E-500 as my spare rather than the E-510 I had just because of the wonderful Kodak sensor, best color ever. I like it better than my E-30, but the E-30 comes closer to the E-500 than the 510 series ever did.

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The 70-300 on my E500 has become almost a permanent fixture.
For quick examples look down 8 posts or so for "Water lillies" and "Gotcha both of ya"
Shoot mostly hand held, for the deer on the sport setting, anything else I use the A, choosing the aperature by available light or the depth of field I want. Great camera for landscapes, then I use a tripod.

In short, It's a great combo.

I've never touched the firmware, dunno how
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Thanks so much, Jim and Ken for your responses... most appreciated.
Unfortunately, the 50-200mm and the EC 14 combo is way out of my budget. Would the EC 14 work with the 70-300mm?
My 40-150 mm doesn't have much trouble with focus hunting with birds in flight (they're just usually too far away) and I was hoping a 70-300 would improve my chances of getting some good bird photos.
Checked out the water lilies and fawns...great shots...also the Snow Geese.
Thanks again to you both.
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The 70-300 is used 80 % on my E-520
Here is one from this afternoon at 300mm
ISO 800 to keep the shutter at 1250 and f 7.1

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Thanks so much, Jim and Ken for your responses... most appreciated.
Unfortunately, the 50-200mm and the EC 14 combo is way out of my budget. Would the EC 14 work with the 70-300mm?
My 40-150 mm doesn't have much trouble with focus hunting with birds in flight (they're just usually too far away) and I was hoping a 70-300 would improve my chances of getting some good bird photos.
Checked out the water lilies and fawns...great shots...also the Snow Geese.
Thanks again to you both.
Gwen
I have used my EC 14 on my 70-300 and even tried the EC 20 - but the stop loss with the teleconverters just slows the lens down even more. On a bright day you can get away with the EC 14...but the 2 stop loss on the EC 20 makes it nearly impossible.

BTW - I think the Ec 14 and the EC 20 ought to be in everyone's stable, they work with virtually all the OLY Lenses and make a huge difference. I use the Ec 14 on my 50-200 almost all the time and the Ec 20 really shines on the 50 macro!!! And the 14-54!

Good luck...

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Nice to know Jim. I'm going to have to look at one, would extend (no pun intended?) my range without buying another lens.


Wow Gwen, That was back in March. I took a look and even I like that one. Back further there's the Snowy Owl, That was at the limit for hand held and low light. Here:


So without further ado, time for you to go out and show us yours.. Don't be shy, We all started somewhere.



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Your Snowy Owl photos are fantastic, Ken! Beautiful bird and the perfect backdrop.

I ordered the 70-300mm lens today, so hopefully I'll have some shots to post in the not-too-distant future. Olympus has an instant rebate offer right now, so I couldn't resist.

Thanks for the info on the EC14 and EC20 teleconverters, Jim... good to know. Next on my list will be an EC 14 and then a 50-200mm lens sometime in the future.
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