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Old Dec 26, 2014, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default First shots with Zuiko 50-200mm non-SWD

Well santa was rather nice to me and a lens I've wanted to add to my collection found it's way under the Christmas tree. That lens of course would be the Zuiko 50-200mm f2.8-3.5, in this case the smaller non-SWD version. I am happy to report the lens focuses quickly and accurately on my E-M1. I also find it handles pretty well (those three weekly gym sessions help ) and I can see this becoming a go-to lens in short order.

So today I was off from work and had an opportunity to shoot some birds visiting the feeder. All of these are cropped some and shot through a double pane glass window which I've taken the time to clean well.

The wide aperture allows me to push the shutter up to 1/640 which gives nice crisp shots even when the birds are moving around.

White-breasted nut hatch doing it's thing; hopping about looking for bugs and bits too eat.

whitebreasted nuthatch by ramcewan, on Flickr

whitebreasted nuthatch by ramcewan, on Flickr


whitebreasted nuthatch by ramcewan, on Flickr

Downy wood pecker on the feeder. Didn't get a chance to catch much else but season is early. I've got to go get some of the berry based suets that really attract the bluebirds, they don't care as much for this corn based one but it was all I had on hand.

downy wood pecker (male) by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Old Dec 27, 2014, 12:29 AM   #2
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..........congratulations!

The 50-200 is a great lens, I love my old lens. When I shot HS baseball the 50-200 did not go off my E-3 for weeks at a time. I do still use it on the E-M1, it is wonderful.

Here is a session I did a year ago ...E-M1 / ZD 50-200 http://tinyurl.com/mx8hvh5

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Old Dec 27, 2014, 1:26 AM   #3
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That is one sharp lens.
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Old Dec 27, 2014, 5:24 AM   #4
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It looks to be a fine piece of glass.
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Old Dec 27, 2014, 5:30 AM   #5
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Those are wonderful photos of those birds! This lens is a very impressive one.

I bought mine several months ago. I have used it just a few times, and it is excellent. I was pretty challenged last week in early morning light with some very fast moving Hooded Mergansers, but was able to pull out a few semi-decent shots. The Merganser photos were at full zoom and shot too slow, but they are okay for casual viewing.

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Sweet! Looks like you have a nice setup for doing some bird watching/shooting.
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I have used that lens on my E-3 for years, and it is still my lens of choice for telephoto work. A super lens and you are going to like it.
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Thanks all! I'm very excited to use this lens. BTW nice shots Macbook!
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That was a jolly Santa that visited you. Nice gift to find under the tree. And it looks like you have found your birder lens. Nice crisp shots.
Word of advice, someone might notice the rest of the windows in the house don't sparkle like this one...
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VERY nice shots
the f 3.5 at 200 mm must be nice
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