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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110369 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 5:18 AM

I'm hoping you are wrong Denny, I'm betting on around £900 once it has settled in the marketplace as the sigma 150 f2.8 is £700 +/- (and have started saving already! Grin )

Mind you, if Olympus were to bring out a 100-300 f4 I could be tempted with that too

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StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014929 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 6:56 AM

Paul, that's why I figured over 2 Gs, at least the price of the Sigma. I hope you're right Brian.Smile I think we need a huge improvement in focus tracking to take advantage of a lens like that though. What do you think?

Last Modified By StrayCat at 12 Jan 2013 - 6:58 AM
brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110369 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 7:06 AM

I'm not so sure Denny, I find that the AF speed and accuracy in SAF mode is good enought that using primes like the 45 f1.8 and 60 f2.8 I can really nail focus and action with Birds in Flight and the like.

I think a lot of the focus "problems" of the EM-5 are more to do with slow lens response than any (acknowledged) intrinsic weakness in the Contrast Detection system

(mind you, I never made much use of the Focus Tracking system of the Canon 7D either, so I guess I'm not the person to comment much on this Grin )

mike162
mike162  1
12 Jan 2013 - 10:53 AM

Hello & thanks for the info. An E-M5, kit lens and Panasonic its around £1,350 here from a quick investigation. An EPL is a teleconverter/extender? Searching for this EPL on Amazon I have found a Lens Mount Adapter for using Canon EOS EF Lens on a Micro 4/3 System. I had no idea such a thing existed, though I guess its logical. So what are the implications of doing this? Any losses due to adaptor? I'm guessing no autofocus, maybe need to set aperture manually? Are there any that allow the camera to autofocus? Sorry, I'm getting off the subject. I am now convinced that what I need is a camera which; a. Has a great low light autofocus b. Is lightwieght c. Has a 600mm reach d. Has a good image stabiliser (or the lenses have same) e. Has a low noise sensor. In that order. It seems to me that the E-M5 with the Panasonic L G 100-300 mm, F4-5.6 O.I.S has these atributes. Any comments? Thanks

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315630 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 6:44 PM


Quote: I'm betting on around £900 once it has settled in the marketplace as the sigma 150 f2.8 is £700 +/- (and have started saving already!

Why are you comparing that sigma 150mm to an Olympus 150mm, that sigma`s only 150mm on a 5D and its certainly not a 300mm on a Canon crop dslr.


Quote: I think a lot of the focus "problems" of the EM-5 are more to do with slow lens response than any (acknowledged) intrinsic weakness in the Contrast Detection system

I was not aware of any focus problems Brian, phase detection has its problems as well you know.


Quote: Hello & thanks for the info. An E-M5, kit lens and Panasonic its around £1,350 here from a quick investigation

Where are you, here in the UK you can claim a free 45mm prime if you purchase an OMD before the end of January.

http://olympusuk.sales-promotions.com/


Quote: Paul, that's why I figured over 2 Gs, at least the price of the Sigma

If you went and did the maths Denny you would see comparing like for like a huge saving compared to other premium lenses, the dearest lens I had cost just shy of 2k and that was a constant f2 zoom, looking at the bigger picture it worked out as being quite cheap.

Take a look at the Pany 12-35, then look at the Canon 24-70

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/canon-ef-24-70mm-f-2-8l-ii-usm-lens-review-205...

Or the Pany 35-100, then take a look at the Canon 70-200.

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-canon-ef-70-200mm-f2-8-l-is-ii-usm-lens/p1518...

I think this new 150mm will sell between £700-£1000.

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014929 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 6:54 PM


Quote: I think this new 150mm will sell between £700-£1000.

As I said to Brian, I hope you're right; I was wrong on the 60mm macro for sure, happily.Grin

It should be weather and dust sealed, like the 60mm, and end up giving a 300mm f2.8 equivalent...for $900.00???

Note: my figures are US dollars.

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014929 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 6:59 PM


Quote: It seems to me that the E-M5 with the Panasonic L G 100-300 mm, F4-5.6 O.I.S has these atributes.

With a question mark after great low light auto-focus I agree with the rest of your assessment. It doesn't have any better low light auto-focus than a similar lens of any other brand, imo.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315630 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 7:01 PM

Not sure if it will be weather sealed, the 12, 17, 45 and 75mm manage without it.


Quote: As I said to Brian, I hope you're right; I was wrong on the 60mm macro for sure, happily

Brian mentions the Sigma 150mm f2.8, this 60mm comes very close to that and is about £300 cheaper.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 13 Jan 2013 - 7:04 PM
Weldingblues
14 Jan 2013 - 10:47 PM

Out in the snow.

winter-in-the-woods-resized.jpg

I am glad that I have a weather sealed camera and lens. Smile

conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 7:53 PM

For those who may be curious about the solution to my problem "My photos aren't being recorded on the memory card. The camera acts like it's taking the photo, in every single respect it does look and sound like the photo is being taken - but there´s nothing on the memory card" - it turned out to be really simple. I think I may have done something wrong when formatting the memory card, because after re-formatting it, everything is recorded fine again. Problem solved.

Thanks to all those who made other suggestions, I'll certainly remember them for any future card-recording problems I may come across!

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 12:24 AM

It's best not to format memory cards in a computer and to use the camera itself to do this. Smile

conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 8:43 AM

Er, yes, I knew that. I suspect I just chose the wrong option, accidentally, the first time and caused the problem myself. Glad to have it working now, though.

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014929 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 7:26 PM

I sometimes accidentally hit that little button on the right side of the viewfinder that selects the monitor on and off. The first time it happened, I thought the camera was at fault.Wink

Gudgeon
Gudgeon  7128 forum posts England
16 Jan 2013 - 7:35 PM

Mine has now developed the crack on the rear monitor surround. Sad

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014929 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 8:06 PM

Mine also.Tongue

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