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  • Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

    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

    Originally posted by Four Thirds User editorial team View Post
    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?

    Ian
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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

        Originally posted by Bear View Post
        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? )

        Ian
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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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.

            Ian
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            Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
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            • #7
              Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

              Originally posted by Bear View Post
              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!

              Ian
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              • #8
                Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

                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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                John

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                • #9
                  Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

                  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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                  John

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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

                      I've had bad experiences with TNT too (though nothing as expensive as Bear). What makes them even more third rate (in the UK at least) is when they contract out deliveries to a 'man in a van'.

                      In this instance though surely the company you bought it off should be the ones chasing THEIR chosen courier?

                      Talking of customer service going pear shaped in the post…
                      A few times I've ordered iPhoto or Aperture photobooks from Apple and they've not arrived. A email soon gets another set sent for free by courier, and eventually the originals turn up, so I get two for the price of one as it were. But it's who you order from whose reputation suffer. Yesterday I ordered another book which is needed for a meeting in a couple of weeks. I didn't trust the order to get delivered in time from Apple, so ordered it from PhotoBox.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

                        John

                        Thanks for the words of encouragement. The Spanish legal system, however, is fundamentally different to the UK one in almost every respect. In general, Spanish courts have a tendency to treat minor inconveniences such as this a mere nuisances and in all likelihood if I try to go to court with it they will insist upon a full hearing and schedule a court date for some years hence. I have been down that route before.

                        In truth the town closest to where I live is populated with people of almost universal honesty and an incredible desire to help neighbours. I am certain that if TNT left the package at a house in the town then it will get to me eventually. Someone will ask a friend if they know who I am and even if it takes a couple of weeks and the journey is a convoluted one it will end up in my hands. The likelihood of it going missing is almost non-existent. I once dropped my car keys in the street and about four days later someone walked up to me and handed them back. Now I just leave the keys in the car !

                        To give you some idea of just how honest people here are. At the town fiestas (being Spain there at least five every year) the bars and restaurants all set up street bars outside. At the end of every night they just clean up and go home they don't even bother to put the bottles of booze, the music systems etc inside, they are just left in the street. Nothing is ever stolen. The last recorded burglary in the town was in 1974.

                        I am not worried about getting the lens. Just pissed off that I will in all probability miss a concert here on Saturday that the lens would have been perfect for !

                        I will keep you posted on what happens next.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

                          Thanks Ian.

                          See my post in response to John's comments for a brief overview of the town. A trustworthy place isn't the problem, only the pace at which Spanish life moves !

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                          • #14
                            Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

                            Cheers mate

                            If TNT has actually left it in the village then I will get it - it is only a matter of time !

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                            • #15
                              Re: Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

                              A message from a very happy Bear ! Walking down the street today the owner of the local tobacconist shop stopped and said he had a parcel from me. I wouldn'! have thought of looking there but it has arrived. After more than 2 months and countless hours of hair pulling my 50-200 SWD is safe in my hands.

                              I'm off to try it out now !

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