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    Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Running out to shoot all day but I was wondering what is the fastest 100mm /150mm lens that may fit on my 520. Need full AF here. Doing runway

    I know there is the 150 F2 which looks awesome but damn expensive.

    I will check this out later tonight ,thanks in advance for some idea's . Not sure what I want to shoot my MF which I have done with great success or just use the Oly 520
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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Hello Guy,

    the 50-200mm SWD is fast focusing, as is the 12-60mm SWD... I've only used the 150mm f2 a couple of times - but it's so good, it tends to haunt you! lol

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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Dont try Bigma 150. It is said to have severe AF probs in it latest FW with Oly cams. So stay with the 150/2. It is magic

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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    There has been a Zuko 100mm macro, rumoured to be f/2.0. on the roadmap for ages, but so far no lens. The 50-200 is good though, and the SWD version focuses fast.

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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    hi Guy
    Sigma MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG, (about $400)
    http://www.4-3system.com/modules/lenses/lens.php?id=25
    Sigma APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM (about $600) (gotta love their letter identification)
    http://www.4-3system.com/modules/lenses/lens.php?id=26
    folks who have them seem to love them, dont forget the EFL is 210mm and 300mm respectively, F2.8 is pretty fast at that. I just get a bit fearful of Sigma QC, I would only buy an example I could try first.

    I guess if you dont want to pay $2,200 for a 150/2 you wont want to pay the same for the 35-100/2, but its a total killer lens you might like to be aware of. Most economic Olympus proposition would be a 50-200 zoom, the older non SWD are around on ebay, but of course AF is slower.
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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Thanks Folks looking at all of these options
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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Guy

    With the FOV effect of 100% on the 4/3 sensor, do u really want an effective focal length of 200-300 mm for a runway shoot??

    If u want an effective focal length of 100 mm - the 50 mm f2.0 macro
    can't be beat.

    Just a thought.

    Martin

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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Actually I am pretty far away when I am doing the runway part. So 200 or 300 is either waist level at the top of the stage or full length entering the runway. I shoot these twice a year for the past 10 years and 200mm is about perfect even though i could do 300
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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    maybe you already have a Summicron R 90mm, or a 100 R macro you could adapt ?

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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Nothing Leica in the cabinet. LOL

    I will just use Jacks Mamiya 300mm . I shot that last NY trip and got great results, stupid me i sold mine and could royally kick myself for it too.
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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Guy,

    either the 150 f2 or 35-100 f2 would give you phenomenal results... you get what you pay for.

    Kind Regards

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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    Thanks Brian
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    Re: Fastest Oly lens for 520 in 100mm focal length

    If you could deal with manual focus the Vivitar Series 1 135/2.3 is not bad. It is supposed to be really f/2. Of course it might be a bit soft wide open. They aren't expensive.

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