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    Anyone used one of these in 4/3. I am thinking about it but I think the 70-300 Olympus lens in the pipeline might be a more useful lens.

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    Re: 135-400

    Originally posted by Glyn R View Post
    Anyone used one of these in 4/3. I am thinking about it but I think the 70-300 Olympus lens in the pipeline might be a more useful lens.
    Have you considered the 50-500? Now that's a useful range and it's a little faster too. Probably bigger and heavier I suppose?

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    • #3
      Re: 135-400

      in Fred Miranda's forum appears in the reviews as a very slow autofocus but with a good price.

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      • #4
        Re: 135-400

        Originally posted by Glyn R
        Anyone used one of these in 4/3. I am thinking about it but I think the 70-300 Olympus lens in the pipeline might be a more useful lens.
        The Sigma 135-400mm is my most used lens at the moment. Its a good lens in my opinion but definitely NOT a lens you want to use when traveling! Apart from its bulky size, its also very heavy to carry around. I recommend anyone who buys this lens to invest in a decent monopod at the same time since it will both support the lens and help you get reasonably steady shots at the same time. I use a Manfrotto 679B + a 234RC tilthead.

        I think the lens is quite sharp for what it costs. To get maximum sharpness, you need to stop down to aperture f/8 or more. That makes it a slow lens, however, autofocusing isn't too bad - while not speedy, it still locks on target fast enough to capture a bird in flight. I wouldn't use it for any kind of sport photography though.

        Here's a couple of pics I shot shot using this lens together with my E-510:



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        • #5
          Re: 135-400

          They look Ok. What focal length were you using? I am using a Sigma f4-5, 75-250 OM lens at the moment and I find I am just not quick enough at manual focussing. It would concern me to have to use low shutter speeds also. I use a very old Slik 67 tripod with a pan tilt head. Its a great steadying tool but heavy.

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          • #6
            Re: 135-400

            well with all the back order for months I'm wandering whats up. Other thing I've noticed sites showing the images you can see a few styles,







            I hear Rumors of HSM being added.

            But then I see all the other mounts in stock, did they limit the 4/3? I think they would be back in stock by now.
            Last edited by Wolves; 2nd August 2007, 09:13 PM.
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            • #7
              Re: 135-400

              My mind moves to a 70-300 Oly

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              • #8
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                I've looked at the Olympus 70-300, anyone with a clue to its price range? It looks more compact and lighter, simular lenses seem affordable.

                my look to this Sigma was price, if the 70-300 is a better deal and lighter and noticing 58mm will work with what filters I have I'll reach for that instead.
                "Walk in peace."

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                • #9
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                  I use this lens for Birding. Its a good lens and pretty sharp up to 280mm wide open. Up to 350mm it needs 1 extra stop and 400mm 2 Extra stops. The reason for this is at after 280mm the camera does not automatically stop down so you have to manually add the extra stops (Sigma did not want to sell a 135-400 f/3.5-f/8) At 400mm F/9-f/10 this lens is sharp. The auto focus also works ok.

                  It is big and long but what can you expect form a lens with this range.

                  I am very happy with this lens.

                  Collin

                  Some Samples.
                  http://www.pbase.com/collinbaxter/image/82213652.jpg
                  http://www.pbase.com/collinbaxter/image/81826859.jpg
                  http://www.pbase.com/collinbaxter/image/81826866.jpg
                  http://www.pbase.com/collinbaxter/image/81472153.jpg

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                  • #10
                    Re: 135-400

                    Originally posted by Wolves View Post
                    I've looked at the Olympus 70-300, anyone with a clue to its price range? It looks more compact and lighter, simular lenses seem affordable.

                    my look to this Sigma was price, if the 70-300 is a better deal and lighter and noticing 58mm will work with what filters I have I'll reach for that instead.
                    I understand the undiscounted UK price will £320 (including 17.5%) VAT and it will be available at the end of October.

                    That would probably translate to approximately EU€480 and maybe a similar number of US dollars.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 135-400

                      Originally posted by Wolves View Post
                      I've looked at the Olympus 70-300, anyone with a clue to its price range? It looks more compact and lighter, simular lenses seem affordable.

                      my look to this Sigma was price, if the 70-300 is a better deal and lighter and noticing 58mm will work with what filters I have I'll reach for that instead.
                      Olympus in Australia are saying RRP $AU599 for the 70-300......like you, I am looking at options.
                      My other thought is announced (but not available) 2.0x teleconverter to go with my ZD50-200, depending on price as well....
                      Cheers....OzGary
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                      • #12
                        Re: 135-400

                        I've been looking at the 135-400 myself but as I have the Olympus 50-200 I'm also considering the recently announced 2x Teleconvertor.

                        Any opinions on the pros and cons?

                        Richard

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                        • #13
                          Re: 135-400

                          I am planning to get this lens because of the reach and the many positive comments. The quality of the images I have seen are quite good though perhaps not up to the standards of the ZD50-200.

                          Being from Canada I cannot decide whether to buy from the US or Canada. There is an $85.00CDN greater difference between the best price in the States (Adorama) and Canada (Camera Canada) factoring in taxes, shipping etc. and I am thinking that to avoid unnecessary hassles I might just shop in Canada.

                          However, I cannot understand why it is back-ordered in the States but not in Canada.

                          Ron

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                          • #14
                            Re: 135-400

                            Originally posted by Ian View Post
                            I understand the undiscounted UK price will £320 (including 17.5%) VAT and it will be available at the end of October.

                            That would probably translate to approximately EU€480 and maybe a similar number of US dollars.

                            Ian
                            Ian,

                            I read on fourthirdsphoto.com that it will be selling for $399 U.S.D. and that it would be shipping in October.
                            Dave
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                            • #15
                              Re: 135-400

                              Originally posted by Dave View Post
                              Ian,

                              I read on fourthirdsphoto.com that it will be selling for $399 U.S.D. and that it would be shipping in October.
                              Yes indeed - we've now updated the original press release with the US version and the price is stated there.

                              Ian
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