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Subject: [Leica] Epson digital, or what?
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Wed May 26 07:09:39 2004

Mark - It IS in effect a 600 - go try to find a 600 2.8, much less price
one. It is competitively priced.

But since when are you a 300 mm guy? And the other prices you quote are
not only totally competitive, some amount to give-aways: $719 for a
22-44 f 2.8-3.5 zoom? The ONLY Nikon zoom wider than 24 that offers the
2,8 speed is the 17-35, for $1349 at B&H.

As to the 50 macro - in dim light, its autofocus DOES go hunting; on the
other hand it produces stunning results - so in dim light, I focus
manually, which one often does with autofocus lenses in dim light.

And by the way, at the current, very competitive price of $1495, the E-1
body is more than competitive- and it is far and away the most solid of
the bodies - with excellent dust and water sealing - in the price range.

But hey, you don't shoot Olympus, you're a Leica/Nikon guy, so how did
this even start in the first place?

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Mark Rabiner
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 10:20 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Epson digital, or what?

> fix. Image quality is simply NOT an issue with the E-1 - the only 
> issue, at this point, is the lack of fast glass. And the lenses are 
> very reasonably priced.

Free is a great price BD!:) I didn?t think this was your system so don?t
take this personally! At B&H which is where I'd get it from:

Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED Lens for Olympus E-1 Digital Camera (Four Thirds
System Compatible)  $6,495.95 That's a 2.8. Not an f2! Priced for as if
it's a 600 perhaps which in effect it is!

Canon Imp Telephoto EF 300mm f/2.8L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus
Lens $3,799.95! I'll take two!! You can get the same in f4 for $1,119.95

Konica-Minolta Telephoto AF 300mm f/2.8 APO G Autofocus Lens $3,549

Nikon Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D ED-IF II Autofocus Lens - imp

The option of course is to put your old Olympus Zuiko 4.5 on it which
now runs for about 6 or 7 hundred bucks. Although how easy that might be
to focus I don?t know.

Pentax?USA $5,152.50 Telephoto SMCP-A* 300mm f/2.8 ED IF Manual Focus
Len WOW!

Sigma USA $2,299.00 Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX APO Autofocus Lens for
Minolta Maxxum

Other focal lengths:

Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 ED Lens
List Price: $949.00 Our Price:$799.95 Mfr. Mail-In Rebate:$80.00 Price
Rebate: $719.95
Everything in the system has a rebate.

The 50 f2 macro 
List Price: $599.00 Our Price: $499.95 Mfr. Mail-In Rebate: $50.00 Price
After Rebate: $449.95 Priced as the high tech item it undoubtedly is.
The first review I read said it focused particularly bad with the
camera. But great for portraits if you just focused it yourself!

The last two lenses look up yourselves!

Mark Rabiner
Portland Oregon


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