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Old 04-08-2011, 15:48   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I'm absolutely new to this forum and have so many questions. I have an Olympus E500 and I have a few lenses, but I want a reasonably priced way to capture images at a larger distance than my 200MM will handle. Is there a 300 MM or greater that works well with the E 500? Is there a 2X option?
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Welcome to Pixalo Tom

I'm not familiar with the Olympus lenses that are available for your camera, but there are certainly some third party lenses that are longer than your current 200mm.

The Sigma or Tamron 70-300 spring to mind. Both are very similar, but the Sigma is available in two quality options, the APO designation being the better lens. To go longer there is the Sigma 120-400 and 150-500 which have good feedback from those who use them. Not familiar with any Tamron equivalents. The Sigma 50-500 is also still made - now with stabilisation. What of these performs the better I don't know, but there are plenty of reviews if not direct comparisons.

Sigma have a chart that shows what lenses will work with either their 1.4 or the 2x converters, but bear in mind that with the 2x converter, most lenses will loose autofocus. There are, of course other makes of converters, Kenko being popular too.

Here are some reference shots

Sigma 70-300 (not the APO)

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...apo-28556.html

And the APO 70-300

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...ots-21046.html

These are only a rough guide as the conditions are different.
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Olympus do a 70-300mm f4-5.6
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Tom one thing to remember is that your sensor is X2 crop so a 200mm lens is 400mm equivalent, 70-300 is 140 to 600 and so on.
Worth looking at is the old manual focus olympus OM fit lenses second hand as you can get an adapter off flea bay for them, there is a pucker olympus adapter but that costs more.
The Sigma 70-300 that Dabs is talking about I found somewhat poor on my oly so it remained in my bag more often than not BUT I cant remember what version it was as I sold it some years back. An oly 70-300mm second hand will set you back about 300 from SRS microsystems
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Tom, from advice given here when I upgraded my zoom, budget for a DECENT Tripod/Monopod as well...
The longer the lens, the more the camera shake.......

I have gone for a 400mm lens and it takes significantly longer for the camera to get enough light at that distance, upping the ISO speed just gives grainy shots, so you need a steady base to rest on.
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Tom, from advice given here when I upgraded my zoom, budget for a DECENT Tripod/Monopod as well...
The longer the lens, the more the camera shake.......

I have gone for a 400mm lens and it takes significantly longer for the camera to get enough light at that distance, upping the ISO speed just gives grainy shots, so you need a steady base to rest on.
That is a really valid point, the E500 sensor while giving fantastic (IMO) captures at low ISO gets very grainy very quickly as you go up the ISO range. A good tripod is a real asset.
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Excellent replies from everyone! I have lots to learn and you are all very helpful. THANKS!!!
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