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Old Feb 15, 2012, 2:23 PM   #11
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Nice pics/detail. I wonder if Oly will come out with an extension tube for the micro lenses. The EX25 will not work with micro lenses.
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Yes, time will tell.

The 50mm f2 Macro Zuiko for the DSLR system only goes to one-half life size on it's own, so the EX25 was introduced to get that lens to life size reproduction. The 60mm f2.8 macro lens Olympus just introduced for the Micro system goes to 1:1 on it's own with no help from a tube needed, so the same situation does not apply in the Micro system that dictated the need for the EX25 in the DSLR system, but I used the EX25 tube with both the 50-200 and 70-300 Zuikos for closeup work. It's a really versatile device.

Add to that the Micro 75-300 does not focus as close as the 70-300 to begin with and it would be even nicer to have a dedicated micro tube.
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....my favorite lens for nature photography is the FT 70-300 on my E-P3. The combo balances nicely and is easily handled.

Some of the files I made last summer, all handheld using the P3 + VF-2; except for two of these done with the 70-300 mounted to the E-3. Can you tell the difference without looking at the exif data?

The FT 70-300 currently is a terrific buy at less then 200USD. It is worth having even if used only occasionally, I wouldn't be without it and use it on any of my cameras, especially the E-P3.





















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Old Feb 15, 2012, 3:03 PM   #14
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Beautiful shots Bob. I see the sharpness is much better under bright light but I guess that's to be expected with most inexpensive lenses. I like it. Who makes the FT lens. Sounds like Nikon??
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Beautiful shots Bob. I see the sharpness is much better under bright light but I guess that's to be expected with most inexpensive lenses. I like it. Who makes the FT lens. Sounds like Nikon??
Olympus makes the 70-300.

The sharpness is fine in lower light if you look exactly where the lens is focussed. What you run into when using the 70-300 (or any other lens) up close, by itself or with a tube is, the depth of sharpness is shallow to virtually non-existent, depending on the reproduction ratio you are shooting at.
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I'll shot an image tonight showing the 75-300 Micro vs. the 70-300 Zuiko, on and off the E-PL2.
Here's a picture of the E-PL2 with the 14-42II mounted, and the 75-300 and 70-300 Zuikos next to it. The four-thirds lens is fitted with the MMF-2 adapter so you can compare their size when ready for use on a micro body. Next to the E-PL2 should give you a good barometer of the size of the two lenses..



I know you also own the 40-150, so here are the two 300 zooms next to a 40-150 Micro to give another size comparison. If the four-thirds 70-300 looks substantial against these two Micro Zuikos, it is. As I hold the 70-300 in one hand and the two micro lenses in the other, the four-thirds 70-300 feels heavier than the other two combined.

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Thanks Greg. When the time comes I'll have to carefully consider which to choose. Of course budget will play a big role here too.
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Greg, were these shots taken with the micro 300?

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Yes, they were. The one game last year where I found, then spent the money, for row 1 seats. From the seat, it's pretty easy to hold the camera steady enough so I shot those with the stabilization system turned off.
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I just love the detail in those pics.
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