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Old Dec 17, 2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default Olympus 40-150mm On Sale

Just ordered this lens from B&H. They have a $50.00 instant rebate along with free shipping for $149.00 including the instant rebate. Hope to have it by Christmas.
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Old Dec 18, 2011, 11:29 AM   #2
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That's an excellent deal!
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Old Dec 18, 2011, 11:52 AM   #3
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Yes it is and now I'm patiently waiting for it. Also ordered the LH-61D lens hood for it.
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That is quite a good deal. Congratulations. It's an excellent lens. Just remember to keep your shutter speeds high enough towards the long end of the zoom range. At a 300mm equivalent field of view when zoomed to 150mm, magnification starts getting extreme and the built-in stabilization can be not enough to keep things steady. I will often go to shutter speed priority when using the 40-150 or 75-300, set the shutter speed to 1/500 or higher and just let auto ISO go to whatever is needed to allow that short an exposure.
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That's when the Panasonic OIS system shines. I went to a play (Christmas Carol) last Sat and took many pictures with the G3 + 45-200mm with stage lighting only (very dim most of the time). Some pictures were zoomed in almost all the was as I wanted to capture the expressions of the actors. I shot all in P mode with ISO capped at 1600. Very very few images were blurred due to camera shake...an impressive IS system indeed!
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 12:54 PM   #6
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I generally use the rule of thumb.....doubling the focal length is your minimum shutter speed. So a minimum of 1/300th of a second for that lens at 150mm. I like your advice better, shoot at 1/500.
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That is quite a good deal. Congratulations. It's an excellent lens. Just remember to keep your shutter speeds high enough towards the long end of the zoom range. At a 300mm equivalent field of view when zoomed to 150mm, magnification starts getting extreme and the built-in stabilization can be not enough to keep things steady. I will often go to shutter speed priority when using the 40-150 or 75-300, set the shutter speed to 1/500 or higher and just let auto ISO go to whatever is needed to allow that short an exposure.
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IMO, the RoT applies primarily to cameras/lenses w/o IS. Since IS usually improves the fstop, I think the RoT in this case can be a bit less (i.e. for a 300mm reach I'd set the shutter to 1/200 or 1/250 depending on how efficient the IS system is).
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Mmm, forgot about that IS factor to consider. On important shots it might be a good idea to bracket the shutter speed.
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