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Old 19-01-2010, 22:18   #1 (permalink)
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Are any of these lenses suitable?

Hi all.
Sorry to sound stupid, but I have just bought the E-300 Olympus and now I need lenses.
I have seen these on ebay and was wondering if these are what I should be looking for.
eBay Seller: collectablekatie: Pottery, Porcelain Glass, Photography items on eBay.co.uk
Any help would be great
So far I have bought this one
Olympus 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 - 4/3rds Autofocus Zoom Lens on eBay (end time 18-Jan-10 23:48:30 GMT)
Any thoughts or pointers?
Thank you all.
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Re: Are any of these lenses suitable?

Without knowing what you intend to photograph then we cant be of much help! you say that you have a 14-42mm so the next move should be from 42mm onwards, but one can be buying lenses all the time without realizing that they dont need half the gear and besides all this gear has to be carried around then you will need a bigger bag, then you start going round shouldered so you really do need to think hard about this one!
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Re: Are any of these lenses suitable?

Des is right Matt. Use the lens you have for a while and see where it falls down when you are using it. If you constantly wish you had a wider angle to do the photography you want to do that will be the best indicator of what lens to buy next. Conversely, if you find you want a longer reach it indicates you next lens ought to be a telephoto.
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Hi Matt here is my two cents worth

I am not sure what you are using the lenses for and what level or the kind of photography you are into. However, on the ODD CHANCE that you are a beginner then this is what I can tell you. I think most of the lenses that are listed in your first link are lenses that are not designed for DSLRs. With these lenses I believe you would be very limited to what you can do with them. I am guessing some would require manual focus, other might give you exposure control in certain shooting modes but not in others.
If you are looking for lenses that would work with your E-300, you need to look for deals that say the lenses are "Zuiko Digital".
With that said however, if you don't mind manual exposure as well as manual focus I am sure there lenses are worth trying just for pure interest sake. I used to play with M42 mount lenses on my Nikon, but I have to admit I don't use them nearly as often as my Nikkor D Lenses. Anyhow, like the others said it is hard to help you when we are not sure what you are shooting or what you need the lenses for.
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Hi all.
Thanks for all these replies.
I think you are right that I should see how I get on. The only thing I will get quite quickly is a longer lens for the birds in the garden. And I can get a descent one for less than 100.
Dookie, you are right, I am a complete novice at this and I am really only interested in lenses that have auto focus. So I am glad you pointed that out to me. I have a couple of manual focus lenses that came with the camera. I struggle with these as I wear glasses and can't seem to get it right.
I will keep looking on this forum for advice and inspiration.
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Re: Are any of these lenses suitable?

Okay more of my two cents worth

If you are looking for a longer lens I would look at the Zuiko Digital ED 70-300 mm F4-5.6 on ebay or someplace where they sell good quality 2nd hand lenses. The 70-300 is not a fast lens at f4-5.6 but it is decent price to start. Also, remember with a 4/3 digital lens you are getting a HUGE bang for your buck when it comes to the long end as I believe the digital 4/3 DSLR system gives you a crop factor of 2X. Hence a 300mm on a Full Frame is 300mm a 300mm on a digital 4/3 is now a 600mm lens!

I don't know too many companies that make digital 4/3 lenses (maybe others on the forum do) but you can also consider Sigma lenses, as Sigma does carry a 4/3 line. You can get a 50-500 f4-6.3 and that way you will have a 1000 mm equalivent lens! However that lens will be expensive.

Here are two solutions however, you can consider:

1) Manual focusing on the DSLR are hard for many people I think, not for all but I know it is hard for me. so what you can do is go get yourself an different focusing screen to be installed in your E-300. You can look online to see which ones are avaliable for your camera and which ones will work for you. You can then try to swap your existing focus screen yourself or pay a professional to do it for you. Once you have a screen that allows you to manual focus easier than you can start looking at the older manual focus lenses which you can get at a much cheaper price. I have never done this myself but I have heard that it can work well. The more experienced folks on this forum can help you out more on this.

2) When I used to shoot birds for a bit I found that sometimes it is not how long your lens is, as sometimes you just can't ever have a long enough lens, but rather where you are. Watch the birds and see what their habits are and what they are doing and try to anticipate where they might be and find yourself a spot to shoot from that your lens can reach. Once you find a few favorite places where you know how the birds behave you will be surprised by how close you can get to some of these birds and that a HUGE LONG lens is not always needed.

At the end of the day I think some shots are meant to be yours and some shots just aren't. Sometimes it is better to get the most out of what you already have then always try to chase after the "next lens". However, with that said, if you are going to serious about shooting birds, you will have to fork out for a BIG GUN sooner or later. Bird watching/photography can be an expensive hobby.

Have fun :-)
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