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Hi.

This may seem a daft question but here goes.

I am a complete beginner and have just purchased my first SLR Olympus E510 Twin Lens kit.Have no idea how to use it yet except on auto ( evening classes coming up ).

My main interest is wildlife, what I would like to know is what zoom lens should I be looking for, (bearing in mind that I have a limited budget.)Also what other makes of lens will fit The E510 to enable me to expand my choice.

This is my first thread so take it easy..

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You're asking a question specific to Olympus SLR's. You will probably get better and more specific answers on the Oly SLR forum. In general you'll need a long, fast (low f/number) lens. Inexpensive usually isn't in the same sentence as long and fast lens...

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Camphric wrote:.

I am a complete beginner and have just purchased my first SLROlympus E510 Twin Lens kit.Have no idea how to use it yet except on auto ( evening classescoming up )My main interest is wildlife, what I would like to know is what zoomlens should I be looking for, (bearing in mind that I have a limitedbudget.)Also what other makes of lens will fit The E510 to enable me toexpand my choice.

I agree that the best place to post this is the Oly SLR Talk forum here since some experts don't venture into the beginner's forum, but here's some links to get you started learning more about your camera:- Free online E-510 and photo lessonshttp://www.olympusdigitalschool.com/- List of all the lenses available for your camerahttp://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/lenses.html- Lots of information and tidbits about your camerahttp://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/index.html- An E-510 specific informational sitehttp://olympuse510.wikispaces.com/..

Comment #2

Note: Including 'E-510' and 'wildlife' in your thread subject would have been a good idea. 'Which Lenses' may cause people to skip it as overly broad..

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I am a complete beginner and have just purchased my first SLROlympus E510 Twin Lens kit..

Presumably the 14-42 f/3.5-5.6, 40-150mm f/4-5.6 (note: there is an earlier 40-150mm that's f/3.5-4.5, IIRC)..

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My main interest is wildlife, what I would like to know is what zoomlens should I be looking for, (bearing in mind that I have a limitedbudget.).

'Wildlife' is somewhat vague. Assuming that you're talking about actual *wild* life not captive, not remotely tamed you're normally talking about long distances. The vagueness comes from the sort of shot it is technically more difficult to photograph small animals running at high speed at dusk, for instance, than it would be to photograph something huge and leisurely munching grass on a sunny afternoon..

For what it's worth, cheap and long doesn't normally work out very well. If you *need* longer, you might look at the 70-300mm f/4-5.6. But don't expect it to be a great performer with action in the dark you'd have to spend far more for that..

If you don't need autofocus (without which action shots become even more difficult...) *and* you don't need metering *and* you'll be shooting pretty exclusively in great light *and* you need longer, you could consider getting something like a long mirror lens with an OM mount plus an OM-to-Four Thirds adapter. This will have far less functionality than your ZD lenses... not to mention the ugly bokeh..

Also what other makes of lens will fit The E510 to enable me toexpand my choice.

Panasonic makes a few. They're primarily aimed at the Panasonic L-series, and the aperture rings won't work on Olympus bodies. A lot of Sigma lenses come in Four-Thirds mounts as well...

Comment #3

Learn to use your camera before you even consider an additional lens. When you are ready for a new lens, you likely will know the answer to your question..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #4

Leejay Wu wrote:.

If you don't need autofocus (without which action shots become evenmore difficult...) *and* you don't need metering *and* you'll beshooting pretty exclusively in great light *and* you need longer, youcould consider getting something like a long mirror lens with an OMmount plus an OM-to-Four Thirds adapter. This will have far lessfunctionality than your ZD lenses... not to mention the ugly bokeh..

Mirror lenses tend to be pretty dreadful. A preset conventional telephoto offers much better, IQ. Like this:.

Http://cgi.ebay.com/...20QQcategoryZ3323QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem(you'd need a different t-mount).

But, manual focus and manual aperture is no fun at all. Go with an AF 4:3 mount xx-300 first...

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