January 21, 2016 by harvey
Solid Performer
Something special about the images I get out of this lens. I adapted it to an EM-5. Autofocus can be a little slow but focus assist works great when you can use manual focus. 100-400mm is a great range, very useful when you carry a wide zoom or prime but 100mm works well I a lot of situations and getting out to 400 is really useful. Not the smallest or lightest lens but I can hand hold it, just not all day. Worth the effort for image quality, sharpness, color it produces. f/2.8 - f/3.5 bright for equivalent focal length. Very happy with this lens.
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June 28, 2015 by Rich
I added this lens to my OMD-EM5 with the MMF-3 adapter ring about a year ago. It's a hefty lens, but can still be used hand held to shot wildlife. I used it on a trip to Mt Rushmore and the closeups of the presidents faces are crystal sharp even when using the Olympus 2x extender and a tripod. The autofocus works great and is very fast as long as there is good subject contrast. I recommend highly adding this this to your OMD suite of lenses.
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October 19, 2013 by William
Excellent Quality
I have owned this lens for about a year now and it far surpasses the crispness of my 70 - 300 Zuiko lens, even when using it with the Olympus EC-14 1.4 Teleconverter. The lens is very well built. It's my favorite lens for wildlife photography. The SWD focus is super fast when used with my E-3. I shopped around for quite awhile before I finally found it on sale for a couple bucks under a grand. The best thing about this lens is that it will work just fine with the OMD-EM1 when I finally decide to upgrade. If you want a very high quality lens then this lens is certainly a very good one to own.
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March 13, 2013 by Jerry
I have had this lens for just under a month, and am totally pleased with the lens. I started by mounting it to my E-500, then the OM-D E-M5, then finally to the awesome E-5. This is the sharpest telephoto zoom I have ever used. To be certain, this lens is not a light weight, and one should consider they may want to use a good tripod when using it. If out walking or hiking in the woodlands, a monopod would be a great accessory to use. But, I shot with it Hand Held, and got great results. Focus was generally quick and precise. I haven’t had a problem with the focus having to “hunt” for the correct setting, except when the focus point happens to be in shadow, or a dark color (where there is little reflected light). The E-500 had more of the problem than the E-5 or E-M5. The logic of that situation should be apparent! This lens is super sharp, produces rich color… there is nothing bad to say about this lens. I shot a particular scene using the 50-200 at about 150 mm, on the EM-5, hand held with a freight train going by, and an Oil Tanker on a siding. The camera gave me f6.3 at 1/160 sec. and the image was perfect. This lens is truly worth investing in, due to the faster f 2.8 aperture speed, and the super sharp optics. Highly recommended to All Pen-OMD and E-Series Owners !
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February 8, 2013 by Jon
Works well with OM-D EM-5
While focusing is slow (under 3 sec) with AF-S/MF on an EM-5 or GH2, the resulting images are excellent. The TC 1.4X doesn't slow focusing and the images are plenty sharp @ F/5. The (removable) lens support ring is excellent and much needed when using this lens with an m43 camera body. I also own the 90-250mm F/2.8 lens, and while it is optically superior to the 50-200mm lens, the significantly lighter and smaller 50-200mm lens gets a lot more use because it is so portable/pack able. Please Olympus, produce your promised new hybrid focusing m43/43 camera to make your big zooms focus fast and continuously!
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