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I have an Olympus E-410 with the 14-42mm lens. I am looking for a much longer zoom lens to take mainly wildlife pictures. When I was looking around I found an Olympus Zuiko 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 for close to $900 and an Olympus Zuiko 70-300 f/4.0 to 5.6 for close to $400. Since the second lens has a longer zoom why is it cheaper?Whether you think you can or you think you can't, your right!..

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The $900 is a faster lens (you can use "faster" shutter speeds because the aperture f-stop is larger). I may be wrong but I think the 70-300 is a rebadged sigma, so the optics are probably not comparable in quality..

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Silvercobra wrote:.

I have an Olympus E-410 with the 14-42mm lens. I am looking for amuch longer zoom lens to take mainly wildlife pictures. When I waslooking around I found an Olympus Zuiko 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 for close to$900 and an Olympus Zuiko 70-300 f/4.0 to 5.6 for close to $400.Since the second lens has a longer zoom why is it cheaper?Whether you think you can or you think you can't, your right!.

It has a dramatically slower aperture at the long end, and aperture is more expensive than focal length. You can get 70-300s from some brands for under 100 bucks, but good luck getting a fast telephoto for a good price. Anything faster than f 3.5 and not a 50mm will cost dearly..

Comment #2

Alright, thank you for an answer. Can anyone recommend a lens with a good zoom and speed for taking wildlife pictures at under $700? Or do I just need to keep saving?Whether you think you can or you think you can't, your right!..

Comment #3

If you go through the Olympus DSLR forum you'll find that a lot of people are very happy with the 70-300mm Zuiko. Like BA mentioned, many think it's actualy a Sigma made lens. That doesn't mean the optics are inferior because it's made by Sigma but at the price point of this lens, it stands to reason that the optics and build quality of the 50-200mm Zuiko are better. Also, the 50-200mm Zuiko is a faster lens. However, the 50-200mm lens may not be long enough for wildlife and without image stabilization in your camera, you'll need a tripod to shoot at the long end with either lens unless you have an extremely steady hand..

Although more costly than $ 700.00, if you can get a nice Sigma 50-500mm EX DG HSM lens (aka "The Bigma"), that baby will give you tremendous range and it's a pretty darn good lens. You will need a tripod for this one, it's heavy. But with it, you can shoot this from your driveway like I did.

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That is an excellent shot and sounds like an amazing lens. Since I will be taking wildlife pictures, (and I mainly want still wildlife, not action) do I need to worry about the speed of the lens? I know the quality would not be as good as the more expensive one but I am not looking for professional quality, mainly because I am just getting into photography I still don't know the settings and my pictures would not be maximizing the lens.Whether you think you can or you think you can't, your right!..

Comment #5

Would the cheaper 70-300mm lens be adequate for a beginner photographer trying to get wildlife pictures? I know it is slower but do I need speed when trying to get stil wildlife pictures?Whether you think you can or you think you can't, your right!..

Comment #6

Silvercobra wrote:.

Would the cheaper 70-300mm lens be adequate for a beginnerphotographer trying to get wildlife pictures? I know it is slower butdo I need speed when trying to get stil wildlife pictures?.

In my opinion, YES, you need "SPEED"..

It enables faster shutter speed, necessary even if you use a tripod cause they are not 100% effective..

A brighter image in the viewfinder, for faster and more accurate focusing..

Less DOF for removing unnecessary backgrounds..

BUT .... it will mean larger, heaver, and more expensive..

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, your right!.

Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto.

( Do You Ever STOP to THINK and FORGET to START Again ??? )..

Comment #7

With the 4/3 sensors, the speed of the lens should be a consideration since the photos can get noisy. But you should have no problem with usable ISO 400 or maybe even higher shots from the E-420. But with any lens with a long reach, a tripod will be needed or else you'll find a lot of shots ruined from camera shake. BTW, a fast quality lens that reaches 500mm is going to be expensive.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com..

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Thank you for the reply, I will keep saving for a more expensive but faster lens ^_^Whether you think you can or you think you can't, your right!..

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Another question if anyone reads this. The lenses I have been looking at are Olympus Zuiko lenses. Are there other digital lenses that will fit an e-410 camera? If so does anyone have a link to a website listing them?Whether you think you can or you think you can't, your right!..

Comment #10

You might be able to find a copy of the older non-SWD version of the 50-200 f2.8 for a couple hundred less... worth it to look around because the estra aperture will come in handy. The newer SWD version will focus a tad faster but the old version is good too..

Look for four thirds lens by Olympus, Sigma and Panasonic...

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