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Old May 25, 2017, 9:13 AM   #1
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When I sold my Olympus E30 DSLR, I also sold an Olympus 50-200mmED lens. Selling that lens was something that I always regretted. The 100mm-400mm focal range was ideal for bird photography- at least my type of bird photography, meaning not birds in flight.

Now that I've had the chance of using the E-M1 for awhile and reading that the phase detect sensor of the E-M1 allowed for the use of the old 4/3 lenses, I decided to buy a used 50-200mm but this time, the SWD version.

I got it Tuesday and opened the box to find a used lens in pristine shape
and a whole lot bigger and heavier than I remembered. It is a behemoth!

Greg, has commented on the size of the 12-100mm f4 lens. Well, the relationship of this lens' size to body size is comical.

But, what is sweet is the AF works and works very well indeed. Yesterday, I took it out for a walk to the end of the street and while there are no birds in the following pics, I'm happy with the results so far.

As you can see, I'm rusty at uploading images, but the 2nd and 3rd images were shot at a focal length of 200mm while the 1st was at 112, while the 4th was at 104mm
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I have a feeling, had I kept my 12-60 and 50-200 SWD's, they would have both worked very sweetly on the E-M1 and now, the Mark II. The problem was, it took them 3 years to get there and those SWD lenses didn't AF worth a darn on the Micro bodies I used those three years between when I sold off my Olympus DSLR's until the day in late 2013 when I bought the E-M1.

Looks like things are at least starting to green up quite nicely on The Cape. I've got to get back up there. Just beautiful. The 50-200 is big alright. Massive hood as well. They definitely built those lenses well, and right.
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I have a feeling, had I kept my 12-60 and 50-200 SWD's, they would have both worked very sweetly on the E-M1 and now, the Mark II. The problem was, it took them 3 years to get there and those SWD lenses didn't AF worth a darn on the Micro bodies I used those three years between when I sold off my Olympus DSLR's until the day in late 2013 when I bought the E-M1.

Looks like things are at least starting to green up quite nicely on The Cape. I've got to get back up there. Just beautiful. The 50-200 is big alright. Massive hood as well. They definitely built those lenses well, and right.
Hi Greg,
The landscape is definitely getting green here since we've had an abnormal amount of rain, on the Cape. Since you've been here last, we sold our house and moved 1 mile east of the harbor. I love this area, so much to see and shoot. And, every once in a while, I get into Boston and catch a ball game. I was hoping to see a game while the Rangers were in town, but, that didn't workout.
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I kind of did the same thing a year ago.

The funny thing is that I bought it new a couple or years ago ($1299CND), sold it with the MMF-3 last year for $500 (big mistake) ... and bought it again (used) for $350 a month ago!

I found out that I love that beast Ok, it is heavy but still very hard to beat in term of image quality (and not too too bad with the battery grip attached to the EM-1).

I hope you will (re)enjoy it!

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I kind of did the same thing a year ago.

The funny thing is that I bought it new a couple or years ago ($1299CND), sold it with the MMF-3 last year for $500 (big mistake) ... and bought it again (used) for $350 a month ago!

I found out that I love that beast Ok, it is heavy but still very hard to beat in term of image quality (and not too too bad with the battery grip attached to the EM-1).

I hope you will (re)enjoy it!

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I agree about the battery grip. I've got one but, haven't felt the need to use it until now. As for the image quality, well, it's put a on my face.
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....my 50-200 does me too Zig. I don't often use mine but when I do it certainly is smile time.
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A couple of days from now I'll have a new backpack for my larger extended outfit, the Olympus CBG-12, which I plan on using with the E-M1 Mark II and some combination of the 12-100, 40-150, 7-14, 1.4X teleconverter, 25/1.2 and/or, within the next 7-14 days when the 300mm f4 will be in my hands, LOL...

This looks like one of the better designed backpacks for this system. Definitely the nicest bag Olympus has produced (or had someone produce for them) for its own system

https://www.olympus.com.au/Products/...ckpack/Section

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Those are really beautiful..!!

The second shot is my favorite, it is the Race Point Lighthouse?

I would love to have that shot framed on an old/rustic white wooden frame.

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Those are really beautiful..!!

The second shot is my favorite, it is the Race Point Lighthouse?

I would love to have that shot framed on an old/rustic white wooden frame.

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Thanks for the kind words, Marcelo. The lighthouse in the photo is actually located in Sandy Neck, Barnstable, MA. And, if you're serious about wanting a copy , send me a P.M. and I'll print and send it to you.
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Hey Zig

That 2nd pic of the lighthouse.. just like MArcelo said!

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