A leap of faith.

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CollBaxter
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Re: Great find Col..

Yep it is the EC20 in the pic. One of the first things I did was put it on to check it out

So far I and happy with it. I will know later today when I take it for a run with the E-30.

As to currency fluctuations we can swing 10% in a week and not due to any thing we did. The Greeks go bust and we suffer. Some one in Europe or the US goes bust or gets Caught with their fingers in the cookie jar and our currency goes to hell.

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Re: A leap of faith.

Thanks for looking.

Yep I have not been so excited for a while.

On the other hand it now put up or shut up. I have all the tools and now its up to the operator. 

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Re: A leap of faith.

Thanks Andrew.

I have a slew of stuff I will post shortly.

Yep I have a bit of breathing space. I have the tools and now its up to me.

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Re: A leap of faith.

WhyNot wrote:

Congratulations .. Fantastic Buy … A great lens... I showed the picture to my wife and extolled it's virtues only to be asked if it came with wheels. ??? Hope to see a lot of pictures in the near future from you with this lens. … By the way I also took the pledge, only to break it with the 100mm macro which was not any bargain but still a very nice lens...Looking forward to the E-30s !!

Thnanks

I will report in later about the wheels. As to the pledge . It reminds me about the story my dad told . His mother was a staunch Methodist and he and his brother had to take the pledge about fast woman and booze when the where about 7 . They ticked the calendar of every year until they where 18.

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Re: I'm very jealous Colin!

daddyo wrote:

Congratulations on a great deal, on a great lens. You would have been crazy not to go for this lens at that price.

That puppy with the EC-14 has to be a wildlife machine for sure. Every image I've seen from the 90-250mm has been amazing quality -- including the one you posted here.

I hope you have great success with it, and look forward to seeing more images you've captured with it!

God Bless,

Greg

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Thanks Greg.

Getting this lens allows me to get the bigma in for a long overdue service. I will still use it as a general use lens as believe me it is much lighter than the 90-250. It also has the 50mm . The strength of that lens is the 450mm to play with. Its also quite good up to 400m wide open.

So with the 50-200 and the 50-500 and now the 90-250 I will have to find a home for the 135-400.

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Re: Totally understand...

Thanks it was a real dichotomy.

I will live with it though.

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Re: Congratulations Collin on a fantastic get!

Its strange how things panned out.

Yes we do nee a new body and after this purchase I am really in the system for the long run.

A problem with a PRO m4/3 camera which supports 4/3 lens totally would be if I want  to post on the other forum.   This one is becomeing nice and laid back. ( O hell I am going to get burnt)

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Hans H. Siegrist
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Re: A leap of faith.

Hi Collin

A convenient replacement of the original lens cap (that nylon bag with the drawstrings) might be Lenscoat's Hoodie Lens Caps (www.lenscoat.com). They are rather conveniently priced and offer good protection of the front lens.

I also think that the protective filter is part of the optical formula so I would leave it on all the time. I use the lens hood regularly on all my lenses as it excludes stray light and optimises contrast.

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Re: You can't lose

rovingtim wrote:

That big lens can generate nice images.

And even if you end up finding the lens isn't to your taste (chiropractor bills too high?), you could make a killing reselling it.

I handled this lens at the launch of the E3 (when everything in pro 4/3rds suddenly got bigger) and it was simply too big for me. The 50-200 + ec 1.4 gives a similar reach at a fraction of the weight.

Now you own one and I don't, I would be interested if you find significant performance differences between this lens and the 50-200.

The bokeh you show in your OP is nice, but I can do that with the 50-200 if there is enough separation.

Thanks Tim. What I have found on the 50-200 Boke is the transition in the highlights is very harsh especially in high contrast areas. Yes the 50-200  can be separated.   But what I find on the 90-250 that is  so good is the toning in of the background without the harsh separation . The background on the 50-200/bigma  has to be at infinity and and thing in between can get a bit fuzzy and I mean really busy.

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Thanks Hans

Thanks Han's . I do have the protective front bit. ( I thought it was a storage bag for the hood)

Thanks you guys for correcting me. I will also leave the front protective glass thingy on.

I Did order some 105mm Lens caps from Fleabay. $12 for 2. Oh yes and 3 X EP7's as I am always losing them.

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rovingtim Veteran Member • Posts: 8,643
I agree

If you get the bokeh wrong in the 50-200, it can really look ugly.

I'm interested if the 90-250 doesn't do at all (or rarely) or if the few test shots to date are within its "good bokeh envelop". If it never (or rarely) does this in a variety of shooting conditions, that would definitely be a plus over the 50-200.

kittykat23uk Senior Member • Posts: 1,120
Re: A leap of faith.

Congratulations Colin, I would love to try this lens out myself, along with the 300. Is it comfortable to hand hold? Or would you need to  use a vehicle/tripod? I am coming back to southern Africa next month, to do some diving in Mozambique and then a safari in Kruger. Can't wait!

All the best!

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Re: Congratulations Collin on a fantastic get!

CollBaxter wrote:

A problem with a PRO m4/3 camera which supports 4/3 lens totally would be if I want to post on the other forum. This one is becomeing nice and laid back. ( O hell I am going to get burnt)

i like big lenses, they disgust the small camera brigade when they see them, you'll be looking like popeye by the end of the year using that lens, i nearly took a guys head off pan a couple of weeks back at an airshow....it parted his curly hair very nicely

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Rriley
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Re: A leap of faith.

man what a torturous contemplation
but a lens you in particular always needed

great lens though, so completely understandable
I recall this guys directory of an airshow using it, as he said 'hand held'

http://photo.nagykrisztian.com/events/airshow2007hu/index.php

in particular this frame

http://photo.nagykrisztian.com/events/airshow2007hu/esi.php?iid=18

hope you have a 2x or 1.4x as well..

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Re: A leap of faith.

Rriley wrote:

man what a torturous contemplation
but a lens you in particular always needed

great lens though, so completely understandable
I recall this guys directory of an airshow using it, as he said 'hand held'

http://photo.nagykrisztian.com/events/airshow2007hu/index.php

in particular this frame

http://photo.nagykrisztian.com/events/airshow2007hu/esi.php?iid=18

hope you have a 2x or 1.4x as well..

it's a bit short without a TC for a lot of airshows, and then the longer you go you get the old problem of heat haze, never a free lunch so to speak

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Bobby J Veteran Member • Posts: 4,709
wow! Collin, it's almost

Worth a trip to South Africa to buy the lens at the price you got it for.  I want one but have not been able to see one at a price I'm willing to pay.

Yeah, that lens WILL improve your results, although I see little to complain about with what I've seen of your work.  I STILL believe we'll eventually see something from Oly that will allow us to use these marvelous lenses and upgrade the IQ they so richly deserve.  Let us see some of  your results ASAP.

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Roger Engelken
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Re: wow! Collin, it's almost

Bobby J wrote:

Worth a trip to South Africa to buy the lens at the price you got it for. I want one but have not been able to see one at a price I'm willing to pay.

Yeah, that lens WILL improve your results, although I see little to complain about with what I've seen of your work. I STILL believe we'll eventually see something from Oly that will allow us to use these marvelous lenses and upgrade the IQ they so richly deserve. Let us see some of your results ASAP.

Yes, a round trip from Denver, USA to Johannesburg, SA plus that price for the lens would still be less than one can normally get that lens. And I even have the passport. Not a bad deal indeed.

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Re: A leap of faith.

The dog has a worried look on his face.  He has seen the lens and fears you buy him a pack to haul the load around on safari.

I own this lens and it is really nice, but it has also helped me appreciate the size, weight and quality of the 50-200mm lens.  I just returned from a trip--I take both lenses with me--the 50-200mm for hand held and the 90-250mm for the tripod.

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Re: Congratulations Collin on a fantastic get!

CollBaxter wrote:

Its strange how things panned out.

Yes we do nee a new body and after this purchase I am really in the system for the long run.

A problem with a PRO m4/3 camera which supports 4/3 lens totally would be if I want to post on the other forum. This one is becomeing nice and laid back. ( O hell I am going to get burnt)

If any new system utilizes that beautiful lens, and of course then all the rest, share them here!  Nice and laid back I do love, but a new set of challenges with a new body would be wonderful to experience here and most definitely in life.  Just watch out for the burnt toast....:-D

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Re: A leap of faith.

Slobber....slobber

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