Well, 70-300 also looks good!!! But everyone seems to favor 50-200 mm
though! So do you guys think I should better wait and have 50-200 mm
rather than 50mm macro ( + 70-300 mm may be ) ???? Is non-swd version
any different than new swd one? I have e-520 by the way!
I have the (old) 50~200 and a mate has the (new SWD) 50~200. As far as we can both tell, there is nothing between them except:
1) His new version has a bigger lens hood that doesn't seem to fit in anything (much bigger, different shape). Since flare was never a problem with this lens, it is hard to see why Olympus have made it about 1cm longer and wider.
2) I think that the SWD has a "circular" aperture, with curved aperture blades, which is supposed to give better, smoother "bokeh". Neither of us can tell if this is so or not.
Since both seem to focus about as quickly, both are optically excellent (the lens diagram looks absolutely identical to me, and the specs and MTF charts also look identical), it is very hard to say that one can be preferred over the other. Having said that, no doubt the new one is an improved version, even if merely 'tweaked'.
Here is a "mug shot" taken with my E510 and 50~200 from about 3m away in a pretty dark living room (with the on-board flash, but no focus assist). The only way I can see more detail than this is by holding the mug in my hand and looking at it with a 5x magnifying glass ... this is an OoC JPEG, SQ, 1024x768, 1:2.7 compression @ ISO400 and 200mm
I am very happy with my non-SWD version.
 BTW, I also have the f2/50 macro. A macro lens is designed differently from a close focusing lens, in that the plane of focus remains flat with a macro lens rather than becoming somewhat curved as you get close to the subject. This can make a big difference to the end result, as against using a non-macro lens with an extension tube or teleconverter. [end edit]
Regards, john from Melbourne, Australia.
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