A leap of faith.

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TrapperJohn Forum Pro • Posts: 16,488
Faith? That's a brilliant move.
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Mark my words... you could turn a profit on it today, but by the end of the year, you will be able to sell that lens for a very tidy profit. There will be a sudden resurgence in interest with the HG and SHG ZD's, after this fall. That's not faith, that's common sense and thinking for yourself, instead of following the 'doom and gloom' of the herd.

I will be particularly interested to hear what you find when comparing that lens to the 50-200. I bought a 35-100 last fall, for one of the reasons you probably got the 90-250: I had dreamed of one for ages, but the price always stopped me. So when I found one cheap last fall, I thought I'd live out a dream and get it. Okay, let's see what this bad boy can do.

What I have found so far is: in good light, there isn't much difference between the 35-100 and 50-200. It's when the light gets dim that the 35-100 seems to exhibit more definition. Not a lot, but it's there. Is it worth the extra price, and the extra weight? Hard to say.

The funny thing is, though... I usually take the 35-100 instead of the 50-200, unless I want the extra reach. That's so I won't be wondering... how much better would that shot have been if I had brought the 35-100? In that respect, the 35-100 has been a bit of a curse, as it is heavy. But I still bring it along.

It is delightful to live out a dream, and that's worth something.

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Re: A leap of faith.
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Wow, I'm utterly stunned by the image quality that this lens can produce 'out-of-the-box'!!! Nice dog.

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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..

Thanks Riley

Yep now I am committed. I did a search on the web and cam across these.

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/olympus/90250mm/

It was the a done Deal.

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Re: A leap of faith. ( The clincher )

I would have purchased the lens without seeing these but when I saw these and that was it.

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/olympus/90250mm/

Now Does that not create a bit of gear lust.

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Illy have a look at these.

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/olympus/90250mm/

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Re: A leap of faith.

CollBaxter wrote:

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..

Thanks Riley

Yep now I am committed. I did a search on the web and cam across these.

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/olympus/90250mm/

wow thats class, and with an E3 presumably

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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.

Thanks Bobby

As to the South Africa thing I think that is where my good fortune came in as South Africa she is not big on Olympus so there where no takers on that lens. It had been up on the site for nearly a month and the best offer the seller had got was a thousand Dollars I paid the sellers asking price.  I took the lens out today on the E-30  and realise there is a learning curve with this lens. Typically I banged on the EC20 and banged away. Well the focus was all over the place . I should have done the calibration first. I also have to modify my technique to compensate for  the weight.

As to something new well we will have to wait and see. This lens purchase has set me up for awhile new camera or not.

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Re: wow! Collin, it's almost

Roger Engelken wrote:

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.

Actually you are right one could do that. These is a bigma for Olympus up on the site at the moment for $350 and it looks in good nick. I was tempted but my wife would kill me.

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Re: A leap of faith.

Craig from Nevada wrote:

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.

Thanks Craig.

I noticed the weight different today. I think the bigma will still be the walk around lens. Its only slightly heavier than the 50-200 + EC20. I can pick up the E-5 + Grip + Bigma with one hand. Err not this combo.

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Re: A leap of faith.

Torlang wrote:

Slobber....slobber

Thanks.

My actions when I saw it on the Site. It had been there for a month and I though it was gone. When I heard it was available I went Slurp , Slurp.

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Re: Faith? That's a brilliant move.

TrapperJohn wrote:

Mark my words... you could turn a profit on it today, but by the end of the year, you will be able to sell that lens for a very tidy profit. There will be a sudden resurgence in interest with the HG and SHG ZD's, after this fall. That's not faith, that's common sense and thinking for yourself, instead of following the 'doom and gloom' of the herd.

I will be particularly interested to hear what you find when comparing that lens to the 50-200. I bought a 35-100 last fall, for one of the reasons you probably got the 90-250: I had dreamed of one for ages, but the price always stopped me. So when I found one cheap last fall, I thought I'd live out a dream and get it. Okay, let's see what this bad boy can do.

What I have found so far is: in good light, there isn't much difference between the 35-100 and 50-200. It's when the light gets dim that the 35-100 seems to exhibit more definition. Not a lot, but it's there. Is it worth the extra price, and the extra weight? Hard to say.

The funny thing is, though... I usually take the 35-100 instead of the 50-200, unless I want the extra reach. That's so I won't be wondering... how much better would that shot have been if I had brought the 35-100? In that respect, the 35-100 has been a bit of a curse, as it is heavy. But I still bring it along.

It is delightful to live out a dream, and that's worth something.

Thanks for that.

Yep I have always wanted one of the top end longer lenses. But could never afford one. I also believe there will be something down the line. What makes things interesting is canon's  new 70D with the sensor,  with the built in phase detection on the whole sensor. Wow if it's  fast enough imagine the possibilities as to focusing.

As to the lens the first thing I noticed was the Bokeh difference. Speed wise the lens is surprisingly fast for a no SWD motor , its also quite quite. As I said previously I have a lot to learn with this lens. I tried the put the cap on backward and fly but the results where mixed and I will have to do it properly.

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Re: Illy have a look at these.

CollBaxter wrote:

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/olympus/90250mm/

nothing there Coll, you got a different link?

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Re: wow! Collin, it's almost

CollBaxter wrote:

Roger Engelken wrote:

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.

Actually you are right one could do that. These is a bigma for Olympus up on the site at the moment for $350 and it looks in good nick. I was tempted but my wife would kill me.

It is a good thing then that I do not know that site.....errr, wait I think you mentioned the site....

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Re: Faith? That's a brilliant move.

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The funny thing is, though... I usually take the 35-100 instead of the 50-200, unless I want the extra reach. That's so I won't be wondering... how much better would that shot have been if I had brought the 35-100? In that respect, the 35-100 has been a bit of a curse, as it is heavy. But I still bring it along.

LOL.  I tried that one in the back country in Yosemite once and never again.  The 35-100mm is a beast to haul around at anytime but at 10,000 feet above sea level you start thinking over your priorities.  . Somehow the performance qualities seem less important at high altitude.  The e-620 with the 12-60mm and 50-200mm are plenty for this old boy.

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Re: Illy have a look at these.

illy wrote:

CollBaxter wrote:

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/olympus/90250mm/

nothing there Coll, you got a different link?

seems it went down for awhile
try it again now

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Re: Illy have a look at these.

Rriley wrote:

illy wrote:

CollBaxter wrote:

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/olympus/90250mm/

nothing there Coll, you got a different link?

seems it went down for awhile
try it again now

some really good shots, and with a good lens it makes a big difference, this year in the UK the aircraft have been flying further away than usual, so most of the summer has been outside airbases trying to get closer, and that's shooting 500mm on APS-C, hopefully a possible trip to Hungary in august might have some closer flying stuff

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Bobby J Veteran Member • Posts: 4,753
Coll, I have the utmost faith in you, and I'm

certain that you will put that lens to excellent episodes of photographic accomplishment! And you are right about a learning curve.  I not long ago purchased a 150 SHG and a 2X converter (poor mans 300) and it took some getting used to.  I didn't try to calibrate it as I really saw no problems with focus...when I did my part. I worked with it at the zoo, and finally in the field with some birds and I'm fairly happy with it...but I suddenly remembered why I don't like primes when good zooms are available.  Now I wish I'd just added about 500 bucks and bought one of several 90x250s that were then available on e=bay.  I used primes for years because that's all we had.  These outstanding zooms have ruined me forever I think. Good luck with yours.

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You stole that lens!

That is a $5,000 lens... and you got it for $1,200.

I would have bought it too, but only for resale. I just don't have the skills to justify owning a lens that good. But you probably do.

Good luck with your new lens, I am sure you will put it to good use, especially with your wildlife photos!

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Re: A leap of faith.

SWEET Deal!!!!  I'm sure you'll have some great fun with that one!

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Re: A leap of faith.

Collin ,

you are certainly a class act and I mean that with all sincerity .  You have replied to practically everyone on this post while keep it positive.  I commend you for staying above the fray which most of the time you do.. I always look forward to your phots and and your insightful comments on the Oly forum.

I usually don't make comments due to the discourse on the Oly forums that can be too raucous and I just don't care to go there.

I too would love to find a $6000.00 lens for $1200.00.  As I told my wife (which is NOT into photography) you had found the Holy Grail of a deal for one of the most expenses Oly lens.  She wasn't as excited as I was, let restate... she wasn't excited at all.). God bless you your wife . Hope you have some happy shooting in the future and I look forward to see some of South Africa.

Rick

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