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50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD


Dallas

My favourite telephoto lens for the MFT system is this one. I find that the optics are better than the newer 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens (not that that lens is bad, it just isn't as good bokeh wise as this one). 

 

The tripod mount is removable and when you take this off as well as the somewhat large hood, it fits into a moderately sized camera bag without much fuss, which gives you a very versatile wedding lens that has a smaller form factor than the typical 70-200mm f/2.8 for 35mm systems. If you also can find the Olympus 1.4x teleconverter for this you will get an extra 40% magnification and as far as I am concerned there is no noticeable loss in image quality. 

 

Not the most heroic looker when fully zoomed (the barrel extends), but when IQ is more important to you than what a lens looks like, this one will make you very happy as an MFT shooter (using a dual AF system camera body like the E-M1). 



Brand: Olympus
Focus: Auto
Mass (g): 995
Length (mm): 15.7
Filter (Ømm): 67
Optics: 16/15
AOV ˚: 24-6.2
Macro: 1:5
Min. Focus (mm): 120
Rating (1-10): 9


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I bought this lens some time ago, WITH the 1.4x TC.  I did it largely based on Dallas's recommendation as well as a few other reviews. I used it sparingly, and then purchased the Panasonic/Leica 100-400.

 

While I have NOT done an exhaustive comparison...  It must be very late for me to be making this admission, but I think this lens, with the 1.4x TC, may be as sharp as the Panasonic/Leica that.  I realize the 100-400 has more reach, and I do need to do a more exhaustive comparison;  but this 50-200 with the 1.4x TC is a really good lens/combination. 

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