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Is it GAS or genuine hunger pain?
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Sep 14, 2020 23:10:11   #
Rusty69 Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
I just found a nice tele lens on sale locally - Zuiko 75-300 mm, for my M43 Oly (that's 150-600 as a 35mm equivalent, for those who don't follow this format). I already have a great 14-150, but it drives me crazy that every time the hummers come to my yard, the distance from my walkout denies me enough detail at full zoom.

So, please tell me I am not crazy. I am in my eighties, and I just got paid for some freelance work. My wife says "treat yourself". Does it make sense to buy a lens that may only get used once or twice a year. We can't travel anywhere until Covid settles down, and this part of Ontario is a far cry from landscape scenic. I do already have a bridge camera with a 30x zoom and great IQ, but I really want to put it away and focus on mastering the Olympus fully before I die. So, is it GAS? Please be kind with your comments.

Any other good suggestions to extend the use of this lens would also be welcomed.

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Sep 14, 2020 23:14:37   #
boberic Loc: Quiet Corner, Connecticut. Ex long Islander
 
If you want it get it. Life's too short to deny yourself any thing you can easily afford

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Sep 14, 2020 23:25:18   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
If the hummers come to your yard, that could be every sunny day all summer, like 45- to 60-days if you work at them regularly. The range of this zoom is what you'll need. But, birds / birds-in-flight can become a slippery slope. You might find a tripod / monopod and lawnchair help in the capture process.

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Sep 15, 2020 00:14:44   #
nicksr1125 Loc: Mesa, AZ
 
Your wife has given you the okay & you don't have the lens in your possession yet? What's wrong with you? She who must be obeyed has given you permission.

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Sep 15, 2020 01:13:00   #
rgrenaderphoto Loc: Hollywood, CA
 
Rusty69 wrote:
I just found a nice tele lens on sale locally - Zuiko 75-300 mm, for my M43 Oly (that's 150-600 as a 35mm equivalent, for those who don't follow this format). I already have a great 14-150, but it drives me crazy that every time the hummers come to my yard, the distance from my walkout denies me enough detail at full zoom.

So, please tell me I am not crazy. I am in my eighties, and I just got paid for some freelance work. My wife says "treat yourself". Does it make sense to buy a lens that may only get used once or twice a year. We can't travel anywhere until Covid settles down, and this part of Ontario is a far cry from landscape scenic. I do already have a bridge camera with a 30x zoom and great IQ, but I really want to put it away and focus on mastering the Olympus fully before I die. So, is it GAS? Please be kind with your comments.

Any other good suggestions to extend the use of this lens would also be welcomed.
I just found a nice tele lens on sale locally - Zu... (show quote)


Do it. You're on your '80s and still professionally active? Like your Wife said, treat yourself.

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Sep 15, 2020 06:59:40   #
david vt Loc: Vermont
 
rgrenaderphoto wrote:
Do it. You're on your '80s and still professionally active? Like your Wife said, treat yourself.


Absolutely

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Sep 15, 2020 07:32:11   #
SonyBug Loc: Nashville
 
Rusty69 wrote:
I just found a nice tele lens on sale locally - Zuiko 75-300 mm, for my M43 Oly (that's 150-600 as a 35mm equivalent, for those who don't follow this format). I already have a great 14-150, but it drives me crazy that every time the hummers come to my yard, the distance from my walkout denies me enough detail at full zoom.

So, please tell me I am not crazy. I am in my eighties, and I just got paid for some freelance work. My wife says "treat yourself". Does it make sense to buy a lens that may only get used once or twice a year. We can't travel anywhere until Covid settles down, and this part of Ontario is a far cry from landscape scenic. I do already have a bridge camera with a 30x zoom and great IQ, but I really want to put it away and focus on mastering the Olympus fully before I die. So, is it GAS? Please be kind with your comments.

Any other good suggestions to extend the use of this lens would also be welcomed.
I just found a nice tele lens on sale locally - Zu... (show quote)


I would go with "Happy wife, happy life." and do what she says.

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Sep 15, 2020 08:00:48   #
bikerguy
 
Rusty69 wrote:
I just found a nice tele lens on sale locally - Zuiko 75-300 mm, for my M43 Oly (that's 150-600 as a 35mm equivalent, for those who don't follow this format). I already have a great 14-150, but it drives me crazy that every time the hummers come to my yard, the distance from my walkout denies me enough detail at full zoom.

So, please tell me I am not crazy. I am in my eighties, and I just got paid for some freelance work. My wife says "treat yourself". Does it make sense to buy a lens that may only get used once or twice a year. We can't travel anywhere until Covid settles down, and this part of Ontario is a far cry from landscape scenic. I do already have a bridge camera with a 30x zoom and great IQ, but I really want to put it away and focus on mastering the Olympus fully before I die. So, is it GAS? Please be kind with your comments.

Any other good suggestions to extend the use of this lens would also be welcomed.
I just found a nice tele lens on sale locally - Zu... (show quote)


Both my wife and I have that lens and use it sporadically but would not be without them. My advise to people when they want a new "toy" is always the same. Will it adversely affect your lifestyle if you buy it? If it will not keep yo from buying food and shelter go out and enjoy it. The Oly system is worth the effort.

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Sep 15, 2020 08:26:22   #
n4jee Loc: Keystone Heights, FL
 
Do what She Who Must Be Obeyed says, "treat yourself"

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Sep 15, 2020 08:50:02   #
mizzee Loc: Boston,Ma
 
I have both lenses and use them for different purposes. The 14-150 is my walk around lens. The 75-300 is used for wildlife, zoos. I haven’t used it as much because of Covid but it would definitely be in my travel bag. I’ve found the image quality to be excellent, as in counting the cheetah’s whiskers excellent.

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Sep 15, 2020 08:56:00   #
Rusty69 Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
[quote=bikerguy]Both my wife and I have that lens and use it sporadically but would not be without them.

This was the kicker for me, as I was also hesitant about the actual lens, although I cannot find any other that is as affordable in this format, and most reviews have been favourable (I won't be using it in low light anyway).

So my thanks to you, and to all the other responders who have given me the required kick up the arse to get moving before the sale ends (the saving is $150 - not to be sneezed at).

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Sep 15, 2020 09:07:09   #
Rusty69 Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
mizzee wrote:
I have both lenses and use them for different purposes. The 14-150 is my walk around lens. The 75-300 is used for wildlife, zoos. I haven’t used it as much because of Covid but it would definitely be in my travel bag. I’ve found the image quality to be excellent, as in counting the cheetah’s whiskers excellent.


Thanks Mizzee. Another endorsement. Make me feel even more motivated. Also gives me some ideas for other uses.

BTW the 14-150 is my everyday workhorse too. Brilliant IQ for an inexpensive piece of glass.

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Sep 15, 2020 09:43:08   #
Country Boy Loc: Beckley, WV
 
When you end your post with "be kind in your response" does that signal a desire for positive responses? The decision logic is truly for you to make but I would think purchasing it would make your results better and you will like that. On the other hand, you can purchase a hummingbird feeder for $10 and where you place it the birds will follow. However, I don't think that will be satisfactory for your desires.

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Sep 15, 2020 09:52:41   #
couch coyote Loc: northern Illinois
 
Another vote for Go For It! And I bet when you actually have it on your camera, you'll find more subjects than hummers. Make a point to use it every day, even if the closeups turn out to be abstractions. You never know what new worlds you may be opening up for yourself!!

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Sep 15, 2020 09:59:12   #
saxman71 Loc: Seattle
 
You've read the reviews, given this some thought and you have the cash. Buy the lens if you want it. I would. And if hummingbirds are your primary target, I recommend planting some flowers around your yard that hummingbirds favor. Hummingbirds feeding on flowers are much more attractive pictures than hummingbirds hovering around hanging feeders.

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