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Old Sep 26, 2012, 1:59 PM   #1
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I'd like to know what you think about the "Bigma" on the E-30? I know 50-500mmm is a lot ... but I can get one (used) for $300 (and maybe a little less).

BTW, I already have the 70-300 and the 50-200SWD ...

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Old Sep 26, 2012, 2:38 PM   #2
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I'd like to know what you think about the "Bigma" on the E-30? I know 50-500mmm is a lot ... but I can get one (used) for $300 (and maybe a little less).

BTW, I already have the 70-300 and the 50-200SWD ...

Any thoughts?
I don't have one, but several folks on different blog sites have it, and seem pleased with it. I think that many of them use a tripod at that long focal length. Not as sharp as your 50-200, but probably compares to your 70-300. And $300 seems an excellent price. Even if you don't like it, you could probably easily get your money back if you sell it. I say go for it.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 6:36 AM   #3
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Gilles, among Olympus users one of the best amateur wildlife photographers I know of is Collin Baxter, and he uses a Bigma on an E-30.

http://collinbaxter.zenfolio.com/

He lives in Capetown and images dangerous animals in the wild, so he notes that he appreciates the long reach of the Bigma since his subjects can get very close very fast, and are very hungry. (Unlike some wussie Oly photographers I can think of, who shoot dangerous animals behind glass then complain that the glass has smudges. )

I believe he stops it down to f/8 at which point it's very sharp but at f/8 it needs a lot of light. You might email him for suggestions (hit the Contact link on his web site) - he posts at DPReview and is very helpful.

I'm a little concerned at that price, which is a steal. Be sure to test it before you buy it - that seems almost too good to be true. But as Steven said, you'll easily be able to get your money back if you sell it. It's rare to see one for less than $1,000.
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I'll take a look at the web site. As for the price, the seller is a member of my photoclub and he is selling his entire Olympus kit because he cannot walk that much anymore. I will try to try the lens today....

After that, I migth have $300 less ....
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I'll take a look at the web site. As for the price, the seller is a member of my photoclub and he is selling his entire Olympus kit because he cannot walk that much anymore. I will try to try the lens today....

After that, I might have $300 less ....
If it's in good shape you'll have the deal of the century.

I expect excellent grizzly shots from you soon...
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 8:59 AM   #6
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I agree ... it might be a very good deal! I will bring the OM-D with the MMF-2 with me tonight at the club and see if it is working fine with it. I think using it at f8 to f11 is probably the best (and I can always boost the ISO a lot on the OM-D if necessary).

As for Grizzly shots .... I didn't see one of them in 15 years in Alberta ... not that I am really looking for ... anyway, the Bigma is probably big and heavy enough to hurt one of them ...
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Lol.. ok .. Your gonna have to find a Grizzler and take a wee pic... even if its in a zoo!
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Behind glass at 300..
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.....that dude looks to have bad breath (= mean), probably good there was more than only the 70-300 glass between ya.
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Nice shots Ken. The Bigma would work well for a shot like that, I think he should grab that lens.

And here is an old shot with my E-330 taken thru a fence.
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