A leap of faith.

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A leap of faith.
Jul 13, 2013

A leap of faith. Well I went against what I stated a few months ago. " No more Olympus Equipment until Olympus does it or gets off the pot. " . Well " My name is Collin and I am an Olympus 4/3 fan boy. " .

I have not posted for awhile as I have been extremely busy work wise. It was also a good time to regroup and get my mind straight about where I was going photographically. I have been tied up in the razzmatazz of old mounts new mounts new cameras etc. Also after coming back from Namibia with a broken E-5 (The second time) I started questioning where I was going camera wise. The work load and family commitments forced me to focus on other things in life and I started realizing there is much more out there other than photography, like pictures. Strangely that started me back on the road to reigniting an interest again. But this time in photos and not only in cameras as per say. ( I lie, but more about that later) I started working on the Namibia pictures as it's a daunting task when one has 7000 pictures to work through and one has stuffed up the WB (Again) on about a third of them , lucky for raw as I always experiment at the wrong time. I looked at my pictures and some that others have shoot and though ' so what's wrong with these. ' . I brought home the fact that the camera is only half of the equation. I looked at some of the stuff I have done and asked myself would a newer camera improve them and came to the conclusion that yes it might a bit but how much , and at what cost .

Firstly I can't t afford to buy a whole new system to replace my current stuff that I have built up over the last 7 years. I do not have that type of money and with the current state of the SA Rand will not have it for awhile. I also like my equipment and other than the temperamental E-5 have never had hassles with any of my kit. Although not active I have been keeping a eye on this place and read the headlines and some of the posts daily. I have not got involved as I then do not know when to switch off. Any way I started doing the Namibia stuff and have finished most of it (Except for the Etosha stuff with the iffy WB ) which I am working on. And any way that rekindled an interest in photography ( Other than the forced family stuff) . With that unfortunately came 'gear lust' again .

For some reason I went on Gumtree which is our sell and buy web site and did a search on Olympus lenses . Well I was extremely surprised when lo and behold here in South Africa and just down the road from me was a Olympus ED 90-250 f/2.8 for sale. for R12000 which Equates to $1200 ( Me thinks is a ducks bum water tight) . This is a third of the price of the cheapest lens on Ebay and no shipping , duty etc. We met this morning the money changed hands and I am now the owner of a SHG lens. This is my leap of faith into a system which I swore never to put a cent into again until Olympus gave some direction . Actually at the moment $1200 is a lot of money to me and I had to put it on plastic.

Why the cheap price " as it is not stolen . The person who bought it got is from a camera dealer who had it standing on his shelf for years as a shop demo model. With the 4/3 mount going sideways the shop parted with it for half what they paid for ) They bought it when the rand was R5.00 odd to the dollar its now R10 . The person who bought it thought he would use it for low light work but that did not work out . I think it was to big and heavy and he preferred the 70-300 (Go Figure) and wanted to part with it. I checked it out it's fine and came with both bags and the lens hood and the protective filter , the only thing was there is no lens cap. A 105 mm lens cap is not that easy to come by. The lens still had ver 1.1 firmware on it ( Did a quick update to 1.2) . The lens also has bit of back focus. With out doing a full calibration I added -5 to both ends and its now spot on or there about . ( I think he was also getting back focused soft pictures ) . I will do a full calibration later.

Typically it's rainy and overcast today so no real test shots. Random shoots with the lens and with the EC20 attached. The lens is sharp, very sharp wide open even with the EC20 attached. Oh the Bokeh is to die for my wife saw a picture and said what a wonderful background.

The very busy background on some lenses is a problem I have with the 50-200 and the bigma and spend some time with the blurring brush.

Any way I will do some more testing and post a lot of images taken with this lens.

I did get a picture of the dog. ( Out young lab)

The lens with hood , EC20 and E-5

The Mutt.

This was before the quick Calibration. Taken with the E-30. Ieeeesh black dogs are like black birds and difficult to shoot.

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In reply to CollBaxter, Jul 13, 2013

Congratulations, Collin. Apart from the ridiculously low price there is nothing wrong with this lens and you live in a part of the world where you can use it to its full capabilities. I'm particularly interested in the results with the EC-20 converter.

Sorry to hear that your E-5 broke in Namibia. Mine is still going strong after some abuse. Only the 300mm suffered a dent in the ring around the front lens but it still works without fail. Fortunately it is designed to use the smaller drop-in filters.

Enjoy your new lens and post your pictures.

Cheers!

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I understand Collin, there are times I just need to take a break from photography and get re energized. Great lens, I would have busted open the piggy bank for that one.

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your wife is right

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Sometimes confession is good for the soul and for the mind.  And with such a lens purchased at $1,200 equivalent, there is plenty room for confession.  That lens remains one of four I do not possess (sounds like a problem there, possession wise), and given the normal price, it is going to stay that way.  Enjoy the lens, I had one opportunity to use it and found it first and foremost a challenge due to my experience level, and a joy.  Enjoy it and the hobby, irrespective of what Olympus may or may not do.

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cracking lens and a steal at that price

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Howzit Hans. Yep the top and viewfinder displays work intermittently on the E-5 . And before that the shutter broke.

The lens is big and it is heavy but I have tried out heavier lenses. I find that the lens hood adds to better balance with the camera so I will leave it on. That means I will probably take off the protective filter. Big lenses are difficult to handle as you know and one has to find the eqnique that works for you.

I found the focus responsive and accurate even in Iffy light its also reasonably quite and fast.

As to the EC20 the focus was just about the same and when looking at the pictures ( The few that I took ) they are better than the bigma and this was shooting wide open. There is also no CA ( Which the bigma can produce and needs a clone brush to remove ) and the colour is good as some Sigma lenses have a magenta hue. Then there is the bokeh which so far is fantastic . The other 2 lens (Bigma and 50-200 ) can have very busy ugly backgrounds.

I will wait for some light and then try it out in Ernest.

AS to the price the seller paid what he sold it for and he has got rid of it as he was not using it. I got lucky for a change. I must thank him for putting it up for sale and setting a price I could afford. He is a Doctor who runs a pharmaceutical company and a very nice guy.

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Collin, you officially beat all my records of "good dealness"

Congrats.

Now, take special care of that huge original metal sunshade . It retails for $650, the best price I've seen it sell for is $470, and I've never ever seen a used one. Or was it the one for the 300mm 2.8... Unless they use the same. Surely look identical.

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Thanks Jimmy .

I had to shame the  devil for for about 2 seconds when I saw that lens.

AS to the break yep you remember why you got into photography in the fist place.

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108 wrote:

your wife is right

First rule of marriage is your wife is right.  But I am not nuts.

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Roger Engelken wrote:

Sometimes confession is good for the soul and for the mind. And with such a lens purchased at $1,200 equivalent, there is plenty room for confession. That lens remains one of four I do not possess (sounds like a problem there, possession wise), and given the normal price, it is going to stay that way. Enjoy the lens, I had one opportunity to use it and found it first and foremost a challenge due to my experience level, and a joy. Enjoy it and the hobby, irrespective of what Olympus may or may not do.

Howzit Roger .

Yea I have done a bit of soul searching as to Photography. As I said I can't move systems as yet. But with this acquisition it gives me breathing space for the future as for a few years I will not really care about a new body ( I am lying again) . But its now tightens the 4/3 nose a bit more.

I could never have afforded this lens , even the Cheaper ebay ones and I am glad the seller afforded me the opportunity to own one.

I will enjoy it , after a day with this lens you don't have to go to gym.

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Thanks illy.

Yea it is a nice lens  good for the triceps as well.

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Thanks illy.

Yea it is a nice lens good for the triceps as well.

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tell me about it, i did a 7 hour airshow last week with a 3.15kg lens.....ooof!

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goblin wrote:

Collin, you officially beat all my records of "good dealness"

Congrats.

Now, take special care of that huge original metal sunshade . It retails for $650, the best price I've seen it sell for is $470, and I've never ever seen a used one. Or was it the one for the 300mm 2.8... Unless they use the same. Surely look identical.

Thanks for the reply.

Hell I still can't believe my luck. My wife has told me I can't take it to bed with me tonight. " No lenses in our bed "  she said.

As to the lens hood I saw the price as well and though Bloody hell. It is made of machined  aluminum though  an fits very well with a lock nut instead of the normal 'Click". I will have to change a bit of my technique in carrying and lifting it though to compensate for the weigh.

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Congratulations Collin.  I am sure you will get good use from this lens.  Enjoy it.

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Hi Collin

and congratulations !

,,,same thing here, too,I bought a used 50-200swd  ( 600€ )

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Collin--The Olympus Gods are pleased with you man. Fantastic deal and congratulations. Look forward to seeing some pics from this lens. I am in a busy phase at work too, plus every time I get a chance to get out, it's been raining heavily--so not much posting from me going on.

Best, Dharma.

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I have had this one for about a year and a half. I just love it to death.
Often I have looked at you pictures and wished you'd had this lens, as the quality is just on another level versus the sigmas or the 50-200. I am really looking forward to seeing some of Africa through this lens.

I found it great with the x1.4, not bad with the x2, but at 500mm F4 in a zoom it is probably a top performer for the format.

I posted a couple from my gallery below. Some with the 1.4 tele attached. I think they are all OOC JPEGs, so zoom in on the originals for full effect.
Can't wait for the PDAF oly to arrive. Unlike Collin I've bought the 35-100 for $900, a 7-14 F4 and an 8mm fish for $1200, and the 14-35 for 1150 refurbished from oly in the last six months. I just need the 300 to round out my collection of SHGs, but I'll wait for a while since the 90-250 is so great.

Congratulations. This is an opportunity that you have been blessed with.

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Thanks I will enjoy it.

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Thanks for the reply.

Yep thee seem to be quite a few bargains around.

Here to hoping we can use them far into the future.  The 50-200 SWD is a great lens.

Cheers

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