For the past several months I have lusted after the sharpness and detail that other photographers seem to be able to achieve, but that has escaped me. I studied their work and arrived at the conclusion that it might be time to take the plunge and invest in a better quality telephoto lens.
I settled upon two possible lenses, and decided to rent both of them for a week from http://borrowlenses.com before making the sizable investment that buying a lens was going to entail. It turned out to be a smart thing to do, and at the end of the rental week I had decided to order the Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm 2.8 PRO lens with a 1.4x Teleconvertor.
My lens arrived a few days before I left on my Hawaiian vacation. It is bulky and heavy, but that’s the trade-off for picture quality that I have not been able to achieve until now. I am very happy with my lens and can take more time thinking about what I want my picture convey and less time changing lenses and settings.
Below are a few shots from paradise, taken with my new lens. I have included shooting data. I have done some cropping and adjustment of whites, blacks and shadows in Lightroom. The sunset photo has a few tweaks in Google Nik Vicenza.