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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    Happy Holidays from Bonogin, Queensland! May I present the good news in this corner of the bush: a baby kook, being introduced to the neighboorhood by Ollie, his steadfast dad, who feeds him day and night. (E-M1 with the Zuiko 40-150mm) (f/5.0; 320.sec.; ISO 500.
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    That young Kook looking well cared for ...
    Happy shooting and happy Holidays.

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    OOC JPG reduced in size, OLYMPUS E-M1 + M.40-150mm F2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO=1600, 150 mm, 1/5 s, handheld!


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    From Christmas day

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    Some more from Christmas day

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    This lens performs just wonderful, not only for wildlife, but also for stills

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    And also for extreme reach it is just a marvel - this one cropped ....

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    Here's a nice edge-to-edge sharpness test -- the closest white roof is at 200 m from me, the construction crane at 500 m, the government offices are about 1 km away and the hotel in grey is 1.6 km.



    100mm, f/5.6 @ISO 200 and 1/2500. I think you can check the pixels at my pbase account

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    Re: DOF at 150 mm, contrasty light

    Just in our back yard:



    ISO 500, 150 mm, 1/400 @f/4.0

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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    Something special about those sunflower seeds. It flips the Rainbow Lorikeets and makes me a popular monk among the feathered set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monk View Post
    Something special about those sunflower seeds. It flips the Rainbow Lorikeets and makes me a popular monk among the feathered set.
    That is one nice shot there Rev. We live in Brookwater area of S.E. Qld, and this year has been a great one for Lorikeets, White Cockatoos and of course the stunning King Parrots are never far away.

    You are right, they love the sunflower and millet seeds, even the Cockys love them but they will not touch the corn kernels, the possums get them every night.

    Great shot the second capture... light is always a problem with these guys, they seem to know and prefer to keep a clear line behind them.

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    OLYMPUS E-M1 + M.40-150mm F2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO=200, 40 mm, 1/250 s, handheld, IBIS ON!
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    Since Jorgen abandoned m43 a while back and started boring us with his Nikons , we in the meanwhile are all having fun with our 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lenses.
    Well that is except one Yes, you know who you are ...

    Anyway, I thought it about time to rekindle this thread with the upcoming Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Wide Angle lens.
    It's expected to be announced at CP+ 2015 in mid-February, sooo - we should be able to live with this lens right before summer
    Though I very much liked my Lumix 7-14mm f/4.0 (while I had it), I have very high expectations for this new lens.

    Can't wait to have the PRO zoom set complete: The Magnificent Trio from Zuiko !



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    Many thanks Bart. Excellent points.
    My lens set wouldn't be complete without the new 300/4.
    When is that supposed to be available? TIA.
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Great idea to show some more of the stellar 2.8/40-150 (some with TC1.4). All shot on a very windy day in Austria, so the EM1 IBIS came helping in nicely!

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    I like this lens much more than my Nikon equivalents before!

    Waiting also for the 2.8/7-14
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    Ah the possibilities for comparisons:

    E-M5/1/5II and 7-14/2.8
    D800/E/810 and 14-24/2.8
    A7/7II/R/S/9/RII and FE 16-35/4
    M/9 and WATE 16-18-21/4
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Since Jorgen abandoned m43 a while back and started boring us with his Nikons , we in the meanwhile are all having fun with our 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lenses.
    Well that is except one Yes, you know who you are ...
    being generally paranoid, and also realising that Bart has a vendetta against me (not really)I wonder whether I know who I am?

    Whatever, when the Sony A7ii was announced I had a knee jerk reaction and send my 40-150 back for a credit note . . . . . . I was thinking of getting a 16-35 for my A7ii . . but but but - A month with he A7ii hasn't really turned me off the E-M1 . . so I've cashed in my credit to get another 40-150.

    It's coming tomorrow (happy Bart?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    being generally paranoid, and also realising that Bart has a vendetta against me (not really)I wonder whether I know who I am?
    Certainly not and probably not ...

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Whatever, when the Sony A7ii was announced I had a knee jerk reaction and send my 40-150 back for a credit note . . . . . . I was thinking of getting a 16-35 for my A7ii . . but but but - A month with he A7ii hasn't really turned me off the E-M1 . . so I've cashed in my credit to get another 40-150.

    It's coming tomorrow (happy Bart?)
    Perfectly happy, but worried about these intermittent knee-jerk reactions.
    A sure sign of chronic G.A.S., but is there a cure to it

    Happy shooting !

    All the very best.
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    Certainly not and probably not ...



    Perfectly happy, but worried about these intermittent knee-jerk reactions.
    A sure sign of chronic G.A.S., but is there a cure to it

    Happy shooting !

    All the very best.
    ....... And what's the cure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    ....... And what's the cure?
    Meh, who on earth really wants a cure for G.A.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Meh, who on earth really wants a cure for G.A.S.

    You just said there was a cure for it. Now you're telling me nobody wants one!


    Oops I must read more carefully. There is a real difference between "is there" and "there is"

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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Since Jorgen abandoned m43 a while back and started boring us with his Nikons , we in the meanwhile are all having fun with our 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lenses.
    Well that is except one Yes, you know who you are ...

    Anyway, I thought it about time to rekindle this thread with the upcoming Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Wide Angle lens.
    It's expected to be announced at CP+ 2015 in mid-February, sooo - we should be able to live with this lens right before summer
    Though I very much liked my Lumix 7-14mm f/4.0 (while I had it), I have very high expectations for this new lens.

    Can't wait to have the PRO zoom set complete: The Magnificent Trio from Zuiko !



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    You are being watch.... and that goes for the Zuiko 7-14mm in particular

    I expect the Zuiko 7-14 to be a much better lens than the Panasonic. The Panasonic was great fun, not least due to its tiny size, but its Achilles Heel seems to be its heavy reliance on software correction. That lens, and the next top level m4/3 bodies from both suppliers, will be very interesting to follow. In the meantime, I'm dragging my Nikon anchor around SE Asia
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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    Okay Okay - after a short interregnum I now have a 40-150 again, and this time I'm going to live with it (it's lovely, just lovely) We went for a 3 hour walk this afternoon, and I had the camera in one hand with the lens, (for me that's an important test). There will be more pictures I guess, but I loved this one


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    Hi Jono!

    This is indeed a lovely lens! I really love mine, IQ, size, weight, speed, construction, haptics etc - I must say I never had such a great lens (camera combo with EM1) - far beyond everything I owned from Nikon, Canon, Sony, others - just name it, in every format!

    Enjoy it and have much fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptomsu View Post

    PS: I meanwhile gave up on abandoning m43 - I am pretty sure I will just keep this system forever as I do with all my Leica M film cameras and M lenses.
    HI Peter
    I've given up abandoning 43 as well!

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    Abandoning my MFT gear seems such an alien concept!
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    My neighbor down the hill in Bonogin, taking the sun. (E-M1 and 40-150mm) .
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post

    Whatever, when the Sony A7ii was announced I had a knee jerk reaction and send my 40-150 back for a credit note . . . . . .
    Taking a credit note instead of selling it - that was risky .....

    ..... what would have happened if you had decided NEVER to acquire another piece of photographic equipment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elderly View Post
    Taking a credit note instead of selling it - that was risky .....

    ..... what would have happened if you had decided NEVER to acquire another piece of photographic equipment?
    Hi Ian - yes, exactly . . . well, I astonishingly I did use it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    You are being watch.... and that goes for the Zuiko 7-14mm in particular

    I expect the Zuiko 7-14 to be a much better lens than the Panasonic. The Panasonic was great fun, not least due to its tiny size, but its Achilles Heel seems to be its heavy reliance on software correction. That lens, and the next top level m4/3 bodies from both suppliers, will be very interesting to follow. In the meantime, I'm dragging my Nikon anchor around SE Asia
    Hey Jorgen, how are you, long time no see !
    I'll better be careful what I'm writing here ...

    As for software correction: I noticed even the 12-40 and 40-150 are corrected at the short end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hey Jorgen, how are you, long time no see !
    I'll better be careful what I'm writing here ...

    As for software correction: I noticed even the 12-40 and 40-150 are corrected at the short end.

    Kind regards.
    I would expect them to be, particularly the 12-40. Physics would dictate a larger lens or software correction, but being a newer lens than the Panasonic 7-14, I suppose algorithms have improved. Still, I prefer the transparency of optical correction and adjustments in ACR/Photoshop after the fact. I like to see what's going on. I'm even back to manual focus for most of my photography
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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    Usually in Jerusalem by this time of the year one or two of our wildflower species are popping up all around, but a week of snow, ice pellets and rain have left us with just the hardiest memories of last Fall:



    In our local botanical garden, yesterday, a few managed beds had blooms:



    the bonsai trees were looking sturdy:



    and a "wish tree" offered waterproof containers for peace wishes:



    I finally found this crocus-y specimen, looking like it was making a statement for the coming season



    All with the 40-150/2.8, mostly at f/5.6

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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    Before I forget, I read Robin Wong's review of this lens a while back. He raised a relevant question -- when to use the 75/1.8 and when will the new 40-150/2.8 do just as well? He shot some comparisons at 75 mm and f/4.0 and presented three of them, all of them foliage, handheld, so that it was not clear where the AF had chosen to set the plane of focus in each. At webscale it was a tie, but he reported that he thought the 75 was a little sharper when viewed at 100%. So I tried the same tests, but in bright sunlight at f/5.6 and f/2.8, using a flat latticework of rough lumber 50 m away at a construction site to eliminate any focus differences. The pictures are pretty ugly, but at f/2.8 the 75/1.8 outperforms the zoom by a bit. I might prefer the 75 on the street, the Pro-zoom for a portrait. At f/5.6 I can see no differences.

    That leaves one other comparison on my list. The 12-40 PRO zoom vs the classic Zuiko 11-22 at the two ends of the older lens's range. Someday I'll study that one some more. The newer lens depends a bit on software, so I wonder what is the cost of the tradeoffs.

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    Zooms have their sweet spot range and are unlikely to perform consistently over their full range.
    Anyway, I trust the 75/1.8 to be an exceptional good lens !

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    Wildflowers for 2015 are finally starting to appear. These are rakefot (singular rakefet), which are rather like the American columbine.



    [email protected]/f.8 1/640

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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    Well today ........
    ........ my heart over-ruled my head
    and my want overpowered my need :.

    I'm now the proud owner of this lens !

    However my head and my need prevented me from acquiring the teleonverter at the same time.

    I also got rid of my lightweight jack-of-all trades 14-150 for just 100 less than I paid for it two years ago (desperately attempting trying to justify my spend on the 40-150 f2.8 ).
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    Re: Yes, I think I would be able to live with this lens

    I've just unboxed it.
    Very first impression is that it's big and heavy (by M4/3rd standards)
    but really well made.
    Next impression is that it's not that big, as it maintains its size when zooming.
    Third impression is that once the hood is fitted ........ it becomes big again
    (my wife likened it to the Hubble space telescope ).

    Just wondering around the garden, it's very comfortable in use (with my EM1)
    but I'm not sure about carrying it one handed for any distance without a grip,
    I don't have a grip, and I don't want the added weight of a grip when using the 12-40.
    Autofocus seems lighting fast!
    Surprisingly it fits in my Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 30 (but no room for sandwiches!) so at least I won't have to go through months of agony choosing another camera bag .

    I wonder if it's any good for taking photographs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elderly View Post
    ....
    Surprisingly it fits in my Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 30 (but no room for sandwiches!) so at least I won't have to go through months of agony choosing another camera bag .
    I've been looking at my TT Mover 30, which is almost filled with E-M1, 12-40, 12, 25, 45, 75 and has the 40-150 in its nice bag sitting on the table top next to it. I'm wondering if the Urban Disguise 50 is about the right size to hold the still growing family, maybe with room for the E-P5 body and the 60 macro....

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    I'm wondering if the Urban Disguise 50 is about the right size to hold the still growing family, ....

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    I can't directly help you, other than to say that I have the Urban Disguise 40
    and for me it's a wonderfully thought out bag with the plus that when I want to cycle I just attach the 'back-pack' style harness to it.
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    Yesterday the cranes had a busy travel day.
    Some shots with Olympus E-M1 and M.40-150mm F2.8 + MC-14 from our backyard.













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    Quote Originally Posted by k-hawinkler View Post
    Yesterday the cranes had a busy travel day.
    Some shots with Olympus E-M1 and M.40-150mm F2.8 + MC-14 from our backyard.
    They must not have been reading the weather reports. There is a lot of snow ahead of them. What type of cranes are these (I'm used to seeing European storks around now, but they have more black on them than these.) and what is their wingspan. I'd guess these were flying at anywhere from 300' to 1000' elevation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    They must not have been reading the weather reports. There is a lot of snow ahead of them. What type of cranes are these (I'm used to seeing European storks around now, but they have more black on them than these.) and what is their wingspan. I'd guess these were flying at anywhere from 300' to 1000' elevation.

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    Many thanks scott. Much appreciated.

    Since November these Sandhill cranes were at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Southern New Mexico.
    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Wildlife Refuge is about 135 miles south of our location.
    Quoting from http://whozoo.org/AnlifeSS2001/melim...hillCrane.htm:

    "The sandhill cranes travel as much as 350 miles per day while migrating.
    They fly at anywhere from 14 to 51 miles per hour in a V formation--often as high as 12,000 feet."

    "Wingspan of 6 feet (1.8m)"

    Folks around here live at an altitude of about 6500 to 7300 feet.
    The highest mountain visible from our backyard is about 13,000 feet.


    In the thermals the cranes gain altitude to very great hight.
    Here is a shot of a flock of cranes some distance away from me and at great hight.


    Then they glide to the next thermal.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    Hmmm. Sandhill cranes. They are quite elegant. I estimated their height above wherever you were standing from their size, but with a six foot wingspan, they could have been 2000' AGL and that gets them to 9000' already. I don't know how high a gentle thermal will take you (glider pilots would know), but there must also be orographic lift around you.

    Off topic, but there is a species of goose that migrates across the Himalayas. A recent article in Science reported on a flock that had radio monitors attached. They turn out to hug the ground, relatively speaking, because it is so hard for them to fly level at high altitudes, but they did not glide much. Their wings beat steadily as they climbed and descended over 17000' passes. That's a display of sheer power that I would love to see.

    I'll be in southern CA for a few days this week, and will pick up the TC1.4 extender. Can anyone recommend a good place to see birds in a spare moment?

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    I now have the TC1.4 extender for the 40-150 Pro zoom. I wanted to see if things stay sharp enough for me at the edges of the frame, so here are some samples from this afternoon. Mostly at 210mm, ISO 1600. Taken with a monopod, which was sort of belt and suspenders, since I got fairly high shutter speeds on all shots.











    And with the weather improving, I saw several of these specimens blooming. Each accompanied by a photographer, a lighting assistant and a small army of bridesmaids in uniform:



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    For if you want to live with this lens but without its tripod adapter ...

    Link => DR‐66 Decoration Ring
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    For if you want to live with this lens but without its tripod adapter ...

    Link => DR‐66 Decoration Ring
    Got it for my 40-150/2.8: looks nice but pricey at 29
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    One of the rumor sites said there would be a discount if you ordered the lens and 1.4X converter together, but when I put my order in there was no such deal in the $$ market. I even asked the support people and they said they had never heard of it. Is it different if you purchase in EUR?

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    I was able to get the lens + TC at a much lower price in Switzerland, but I had to wait for a very long time before the combo was available. Also the prices have sunk considerably since the lens was issued.


    Since Olympus items are distributed via Olympus EU in Germany, I'm sure you can get the combo in any EU countries. Supply may be a problem however.

    Here you spare about 200$ when you buy the combo instead if the two items separately.

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