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    Quote Originally Posted by philosomatographer View Post

    This comes at a massive weight cost, though it's not physically huge considering its specification. But the question remains:

    WHY?
    I'm not sure if your question is rhetorical, or if I am missing some nuance, but certainly most folks here understand the the relationship between the focal length, focal ratio, and the diameter of the front element. The laws of physics dictate that long, fast lenses are big and heavy; it's just the way the universe works.

    If anyone knows how many of these were made it would be John Foster at www.biofos.com.

    If you want to get some nice hand held color shots, Provia 400 can be pushed two stops with very good results. My problem with holding long, heavy lenses isn't so much getting the shutter speed fast enough, it is getting the focus and framing right when the shutter is snapped. I'm sure this is an excellent lens, but for practical purposes (and the few times I have need of a long lens) the 200mm f4 and wee f5 are much more practical. Add to these the T-CONs made for the IS System and you can get from 300mm to 380mm with almost no loss of aperture.

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    Great thread. Its nice to see rare equipment like this being put to good use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thuggins View Post
    I'm not sure if your question is rhetorical, or if I am missing some nuance, but certainly most folks here understand the the relationship between the focal length, focal ratio, and the diameter of the front element. The laws of physics dictate that long, fast lenses are big and heavy; it's just the way the universe works.

    If anyone knows how many of these were made it would be John Foster at www.biofos.com.
    I am afraid you misunderstood. The question, rather, is directed in the manner of "why would somebody, in this day and age, lay out a whole lot of cash for such a giant, rare lens made for a defunct camera system."

    I am sure John Foster may have some answers, but his website is rather useless (and has been all these years). Page upon page of incomplete data with copy+pasted placeholders. I much more trust the collective knowledge of the Zuikoholics subscribed to the Olympus OM mailing list

    all the best!

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    Very cool...

    I love how all the big and very fast telephotos can just knock out the background so easily into a creamy soup. mmmm

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    Man that gave me GAS pains... What a gorgeous bit of kit! Thank you for sharing.

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    The heaviest lens I've owned to date was the Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f3.5, the first-gen Kiron 67mm version. Coupled with my Nikkormat, the duo falls 300g short of my entire Canon EF lens system plus one film body, and that includes the 70-200 f4L IS and 24-105 f4L IS. The only heavier lens I've used is the Canon EF 800mm f5.6 IS and it was on a tripod.

    Canon makes a similar lens, a 200 f1.8, which is roughly as exclusive, as well as a 200 f2.0 IS, and from what I have seen it is the sharpest EF glass ever made.
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit / B+M 135mm Zeiss Tessar + Compur Deckel
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    Eventually I'll get the hang of this, Right?

    This isn't as easy as you might think. I've been playing around with one of these lenses for a little while now and the depth of field is almost non-existent at the closer distances.

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    Dave

    "She's always out making pictures, She's always out making scenes.
    She's always out the window, When it comes to making Dreams.

    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

    From It's All Mixed Up by The Cars

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