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Old Oct 31, 2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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My will finally broke and I just pushed the button on a used Panny 20mm. I ALWAYS have buyers' remorse because I feel guilty about spending money on such things, but I'm sure it will be great. It was a good deal. I DO worry that I should have gotten something further away from the 14mm, but I think I can probably sell it back to someone for close to the price I paid if it comes down to that. I'm catching up to the state of the m43 art from like three years ago!
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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I see on Ebay that most of these lenses have quite a few bidders. Looks like one would be doing good if he could pick one up for 250.00. This is the lens that I often thought about buying but hate to part with the money I don't have at present.
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Yeah, but the price logjam finally seems to be breaking up a bit. A few months ago you were seeing them for like 350-400 at least, which I wasn't going to pay just on general principle if nothing else.

I also saw a PL 25 go for about 425, which is a sweet deal but I didn't want to spend the money.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 4:48 PM   #4
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My next lens will probably be the four thirds 70-300 lens. They are selling at reasonable prices on Ebay.
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My next lens will probably be the four thirds 70-300 lens. They are selling at reasonable prices on Ebay.
That sounds like a good choice. I have the 45-200, but it seems like a compromise in a lot of ways and I'm always living at either the short end or the long end. I took a look at the m43 75-300; but what is it, like 900 bucks or something? Geez. I've hear good things about the 43 lenses though I've never used one myself.
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Yeah, I've looked at the M43 version as well and it's a little too steep for my wallet. The four thirds model is a lot bulkier for sure but I can live with that for what you can pick up a used model for.
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congratulations Sammy!

(as an aside I am a fan of auction sniper btw on ebay)

I will chime in on the 45-200 vs. the 70-300 .... the 70-300 is better image quality wise and it can do close focusing very well as I think people have seen in my dragonflies and bee shots. However it is very loud to focus and much harder to use effectively on wildlife handheld. Whenever I switch back to the 45-200 I am always wondering if it is focusing since there is no noise and the 70-300 is that loud. What the 45-200 sacrifices in IQ it makes up for in speed of focus and handling.

End of the day the 70-300 is probably my favorite and see more action then the 45-200 but if I am looking for something to use handheld and get quick grab shots it comes out. For example I shot my daughter's cheer competition over this past weekend with the 45-200, I ended up shooting much of it at the wide end of 45. A cheer routine is 3 minutes of choreographed madness and the 70-300 would have been too cumbersome to find a spot and wait for it to focus. In the end I wished I had the 45 f1.8 as I could have shot the whole thing with that lens and been able to use a lower ISO... probably my next purchase will be that lens
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I seem to use it at the very wide end too. I think most of my frustration comes just because I was trying to make it something it's not. I thought I was going to be able to take shots of insects/etc or faraway things, and like you said that's not what it's good at.
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Sammy - I have made good use of the 45-200 at 200 for birds that aren't too far away or bigger birds, I have a set of shots from this lens here;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7598817...7629560850813/

neways idk if I could get the $200 I paid for it out of it I would be tempted to sell it in favor of having a 45mm f1.8 and the 70-300mm but I know that when it comes to packing the small camera bag (crumpler 4 million dollar home) the 70-300mm is just a bit to big where as the 45-200mm will fit just fine along with all my primes.
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I think I'm gonna like playing with this.

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