I’ve made a lot of camera-type purchases since the end of last year. I purchased the Olympus E-620 dSLR on Black Friday last year. During the next few months that purchase was followed by a battery grip and spare batteries, a 50mm lens, and two remote shutter release cords (You might recall that I broke one of the shutter release cords and had to purchase a new one.) In today’s mail I received another new purchase — a 70-300mm lens.
When the mailman came, I was disappointed because he handed me only envelope-type mail. I mentioned that I was expecting a package, coming to me by priority mail. I told him that it left Warrendale, PA at ~6:30 last night. He said it could take a couple days. The mailman left, and I walked into the kitchen with the mail that he had given me. A couple minutes later the doorbell rang. It was the mailman, carrying a package. He had put the package in the wrong mail slot! If I hadn’t said anything to him about expecting a package, I bet he would have delivered my new lens to one of my neighbors!
The first thing I noticed about the lens was that the 35mm equivalent range, 140-600mm, is written on the barrel of the lens. I couldn’t miss the description, as it is written in white on a blue background. This is the first time one of my Olympus lens have indicated the equivalent range on the lens itself. The second thing I noticed was the weight of the lens. The new lens is significantly less heavy than the 50-200mm lens I already have, which is GREAT! I can hand hold this lens and take good pictures, which was not possible with the 50-200mm lens. The use of a tripod, of course, will increase the sharpness of a particular photograph. This is the case regardless of which lens is used when taking a photograph.
Here’s some of the hand-held pictures that I took today.