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    Here is a direct photographic comparison of the original and new SWD versions of the Olympus Digital Zuiko 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 ED telephoto zoom, complete with sample images to download.

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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

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    Here is a direct photographic comparison of the original and new SWD versions of the Olympus Digital Zuiko 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 ED telephoto zoom, complete with sample images to download.

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    I'm really keen to hear some feedback to these sample images. Is there a big difference?

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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

    I would like to hear comments too. I am still waiting for my SWD, first ordered and paid for in February. If I don't get it I might have to write of the cash and then would only have enough money for a secondhand example of the older lens !

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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

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    I would like to hear comments too. I am still waiting for my SWD, first ordered and paid for in February. If I don't get it I might have to write of the cash and then would only have enough money for a secondhand example of the older lens !
    February? Where did you order it from?! (Oh, hang on - this is the customs caper in Spain, no? )

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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

    Yes indeed, the Spanish customs caper ! The story goes from the bizarre to the ridiculous. The customs thing was resolved. Spanish customs completely refused to believe me and as I refused to pay their exorbitant tax demands they sent the lens back to Japan. Because the dollar had fallen significantly they supplier was keen to take the lens back into stock and he refunded me all my money including postage !

    I then re-purchased the lens from a UK supplier. This supplier came with a reasonable reputation. I sent my money. The supplier held onto the money for ten days before sending the lens via TNT. According to the supplier the lens has been delivered. I have not received it. According to TNT it was "left with a neighbour" signed for by "Pencil & Paper" ! I live in a remote rural area in the middle of a National Park and the nearest neighbour is 4Km away.

    At the moment neither TNT nor the supplier will take responsibility for the debacle. I cannot even get TNT to tell me the address they delivered it to or the name of the person signing for it. My only option at the moment is to start a general canvass of all the households in the local village looking for an unsolicited package with my name on it. Not as bad as it sounds as the village only has a population of 3500 ! I might be done by Christmas, if TNT is telling the truth and someone hasn't had it away with my lens and sold it !

    Sorry for the tale of woe but I am feeling a little sorry for myself right now !

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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

    There was a mis-labeling of two of the SWD shots, which has now been corrected.

    The first six images are from the SWD lens and the next six from the original lens.

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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

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    I would like to hear comments too. I am still waiting for my SWD, first ordered and paid for in February. If I don't get it I might have to write of the cash and then would only have enough money for a secondhand example of the older lens !
    Seems like you need to find a trustworthy place in town to accept deliveries for you. Bad luck, I have my fingers crossed for you!

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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post
    Yes indeed, the Spanish customs caper ! The story goes from the bizarre to the ridiculous. The customs thing was resolved. Spanish customs completely refused to believe me and as I refused to pay their exorbitant tax demands they sent the lens back to Japan. Because the dollar had fallen significantly they supplier was keen to take the lens back into stock and he refunded me all my money including postage !

    I then re-purchased the lens from a UK supplier. This supplier came with a reasonable reputation. I sent my money. The supplier held onto the money for ten days before sending the lens via TNT. According to the supplier the lens has been delivered. I have not received it. According to TNT it was "left with a neighbour" signed for by "Pencil & Paper" ! I live in a remote rural area in the middle of a National Park and the nearest neighbour is 4Km away.

    At the moment neither TNT nor the supplier will take responsibility for the debacle. I cannot even get TNT to tell me the address they delivered it to or the name of the person signing for it. My only option at the moment is to start a general canvass of all the households in the local village looking for an unsolicited package with my name on it. Not as bad as it sounds as the village only has a population of 3500 ! I might be done by Christmas, if TNT is telling the truth and someone hasn't had it away with my lens and sold it !

    Sorry for the tale of woe but I am feeling a little sorry for myself right now !
    Bear,

    So sorry to hear this tale. My view is that if it was a secure "sign for" service that TNT were contracted to provide, then leaving the package with anyone but yourself must be at their risk, unless you specifically requested them to do so! If they cannot produce evidence of delivery then they must be liable.

    How far have you taken your complaint within their organisation?

    I don't know how comparible the Spanish legal system is to that of the U.K., but if there is the equivalent of the "small claims court" then it might be worth threatening action. You could request the case to be heard locally to yourself, as that's where the negligent action of TNT took place, and I would say there's a fair chance that, faced with the inconvenience of attending a hearing on your patch, TNT would cough up to avoid the legal procedings.

    It might be worth a go.

    You should also have a valid case against the retailer, as they were contracted to deliver the lens by a secure method and, if it hasn't reached you, delivery can hardly class as secure!

    Sometimes a solicitor's (or legal representative's) letter informig your intent to take legal action is enough to get a result and the matter never needs to go to court. Give it a go!

    Good luck on this one, I have a lot of sympathy.
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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I'm really keen to hear some feedback to these sample images. Is there a big difference?

    Ian
    I've downloaded one image from each of the lenses and cannot see any difference on my monitor. It might be possible to distinguish the two on a high quality print but I wouldn't be suprised if they appeared indentical as we are looking at two high quality versions of similar optical design. With the help of a bonus from work (fat chance!) I'd be happy with either.
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    Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

    Interesting. Thanks for the comparison, it'll help me me out later when I graduate from my kit lenses.

    @ Bear
    Ouch, I reallly feel for you. I would still hold TNT responsible for it though. I mean is it normal for them to leave it off to your neighbors if you're not at home to recieve packages? They could have left you a note to pick it up from them or a contact for you to meet TNT for it. I hope you get it back.

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