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Old 09-11-2018, 05:33 PM   #41
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Which telephoto lens to buy?

Looks like a nice all around lens. I would have 2nd thoughts on the international model though. And only a couple of amazon reviews. Something fishy there. I would get the full us version, and probably from B&H. And make sure that it is compatible with your camera.
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Seems like a decent lens with a ton of flexibility. Reviews say it has a bit of chromatic aberration, but there has to be some kind of compromise with a lens with so much zoom range in a small package.

FWIW, there are other suppliers (including Tamron) on Amazon.

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Looks like a nice all around lens. I would have 2nd thoughts on the international model though. And only a couple of amazon reviews. Something fishy there. I would get the full us version, and probably from B&H. And make sure that it is compatible with your camera.

I have bought a non US version of a film camera body and lens, never had a problem... they only do it for money... the lens is the same..
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I have bought a non US version of a film camera body and lens, never had a problem... they only do it for money... the lens is the same..
That can and does work very well, until you get a defective one (and those do escape the factories) and find they will not honor the warranty. Then you either scrap the lens, live with the defect, or pay OOP to have it fixed.

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I used a Nikon D50 with the Nikkor 18-200mm zoom for all our travel photography until about 2015. For me it was a workhorse lens, and the wide-angle 18mm is pretty doggone useful.
Same here. My Nikon D90 almost always has a Nikkor 18-200 on it. Seems to be ideal for what I use it for.
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I've had Canon high end cameras and their L lenses for years but once I retired I downsized to an Olympus EM1 and just bought an EM1-2 for our Alaska trip next year. The main lenses I use are 12-40 f2.8, 12-100 f4.0, and Panasonic 100-400. These lenses give me 2x the range based on a full frame, 35mm, camera. So that gives me 24-800 with just 2 lenses. And if I need a faster lens for low light conditions I'll use the 12-40 f2.8.
That way I can have the EM1 with the 12-100 and the EM1-2 with the 100-400 and have a tremendous range covered.
As an aside the EM1-2, 12-100 and 100-400 I bought used at a great price and very satisfied with them. Quality name brand lenses can retain their value, so you could buy one for your trip and sell it after. Look at fredmiranda.com: Specialized in Canon - Nikon SLR Cameras, Forum, Photoshop Plugins, Actions, Reviews, Hosting and Digital Darkroom for used lenses.
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I've had Canon high end cameras and their L lenses for years but once I retired I downsized to an Olympus EM1 and just bought an EM1-2 for our Alaska trip next year. The main lenses I use are 12-40 f2.8, 12-100 f4.0, and Panasonic 100-400. These lenses give me 2x the range based on a full frame, 35mm, camera. So that gives me 24-800 with just 2 lenses. And if I need a faster lens for low light conditions I'll use the 12-40 f2.8.
That way I can have the EM1 with the 12-100 and the EM1-2 with the 100-400 and have a tremendous range covered.
As an aside the EM1-2, 12-100 and 100-400 I bought used at a great price and very satisfied with them. Quality name brand lenses can retain their value, so you could buy one for your trip and sell it after. Look at fredmiranda.com: Specialized in Canon - Nikon SLR Cameras, Forum, Photoshop Plugins, Actions, Reviews, Hosting and Digital Darkroom for used lenses.
My situation almost exactly, except I was shooting film Nikons for years. Now I have a couple of Panasonic GX8s. They are not the smallest and lightest of the M43 system but compared to larger sensor cameras that provide few benefits, they are wonderful.

Re 100-400mm that one is too large and heavy for me to own as a general purpose lens, but that shot of the leopard cub was done with a 100-400 that I bought for the Africa trip and sold when I got home. I think it ended up costing me $75 net. On that trip, my second GX8 carried my 14-140mm. I'll always own that lens or possibly a successor. The range, size, and weight are perfect. For longer, I have a 100-300mm. It's not as good a lens as the 100-400 but it is much smaller and lighter.

I did not recommend to the OP that she buy used lenses simply because it didn't sound like she had the photographic experience to be confident in buying used. But that is pretty much all that I do and I certainly recommend it as a general policy. mu-43.com is a good place to buy and sell M43 stuff as well as an interesting forum to follow.
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I've bought/sold lots of camera and studio stuff over the years at FM. Not familiar with mu-43.com but I'll check it out, thanks. I'm thinking of trying to trade the 12-40 for a 7-14, either Panny or Oly.
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And your instincts on that, as usual, are good. There are "domains" where I know what something should cost, and what to look out for....and used camera lenses are not among them. I need to pull the trigger soon, if I'm to get the lens soon enough to practice with it a bit.

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I've bought/sold lots of camera and studio stuff over the years at FM. Not familiar with mu-43.com but I'll check it out, thanks. I'm thinking of trying to trade the 12-40 for a 7-14, either Panny or Oly.
I bought the Oly 7-14 for a trip to Vietnam and Myanmar last January. If you like the size and weight of the 100-400, you will probably be happy with the wide zoom too. I sold it as soon as I got home. My 9-18mm is a far more useful lens and probably weights a tenth of what the wide-angle brute did. The extra on the wide end (7 versus 9) was handy, but I found the 14mm end too limiting for general shooting. Hence, the 7-14 was not on a camera body very often. YMMV, of course.
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