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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:01 pm 
I was wondering if I could have your opinion …. I currently have an E-510 and wanted to expand my lenses...
I recently photographed one of a series of Hockey Games for The Government here and have asked to do the rest. My lenses seem a bit slow to get the sharpest images.... so i am thinking of upgrading.
I STILL dont have the budget to afford $1000-2000 lenses these were the alternatives i was thinking of and their local prices. (some new and some used)
I was also thinking of the possibility of getting one lens (18-180) to replace both of mine and using the old ones on a used E400/500 (back-up camera) or selling them to offset the cost.

I currently have the following kit lenses :

14-42 f3.5 - f5.6

40-150 f4.0 - f5.6

I was looking at these as replacments .. I need to stick to something that works with my E-510 for now :

Olympus Zuiko Digital


f/2.8-3.5 ED Lens


Olympus Zuiko Digital


f/3.5-6.3 Zoom










I would PREFER to keep a lens that can still use my AF and the Camera settings (im still new)
ANY suggestions on these or other lenses would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:22 pm 
By slow do you mean slow to focus or an overly long shutter time? The 50-200's f/2.8-3.5 max aperture should help in indoor sports. The 400mm(35mm equiv.) focal length isn't too bad either.

I don't think any of those lenses will require you to change your camera settings or affect AF.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:36 pm 
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I'll have to agree, the 50-200 is a good telephoto focal range and it is also a lot faster than the kit lenses. At 50mm (100mm at 35mm equivalent) the f stop is just a little more responsive, and at the longets focal length, its pretty decent for the distance if you are shooting at 200mm (400mm equivalent.)


1) Olympus OM1 [Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8]
2) Pentax MZ-60 [Sigma 28-90 & 100-300]
3) Canon 7D [EF-S 15-85 & 70-200mm f/4 IS & 50mm f1.4]
4) Leica M [50mm Summicron Pre-aspherical - Silver]

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:43 pm 
I was saying the lens was "slow" as a photographer here told me i needed a "faster" lens to freeze action at an indoor arena.

Thanx for the suggestions.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:49 pm 
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Well I can't say anything about the other lenses, but the 70-300mm is a really great lens! I bought it instead of the 40-150. It has a switch for manual or autofocus, and it provides me with great pictures throughout the range. I'm not sure how it would do in sports (not really my subject) but I photograph a lot of animals, which also move fast and it works for me. the 300mm end of the zoom is really nice since it gives you 12x magnification. You could make some nice close-ups of people being smashed up against the boards (that's what they do in hockey right? :P)

hope this helps!

Canon 5D + 17-40 F4L + 50 F1.4 + 70-200 F2.8L
Velbon Sherpa 200R

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