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Old Jul 6, 2008, 3:51 PM   #11
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ok heres one i took last night 300mm hand held, about 8:30pm very over cast and just stopped raining, so the light was bad, and very windy.
I think the lens did a great job
Taken at Broadlands, UK
The second pic shows you what the weather was like :-)
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Old Jul 6, 2008, 3:59 PM   #12
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Old Jul 6, 2008, 10:06 PM   #13
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Nice job, that IS really help I bet.
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Old Jul 7, 2008, 5:04 PM   #14
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Right I did a couple of tests, unfortunately the subject isnt too good and I had to cope with 60 mph gusts on the Welsh coast, but this will give you some comparison with the Pany at x 12, I also added the OLY TCON17 (1.7 tele converter) to my Canon 55 - 250 mm lens:

1. First using the 18 - 55mm lens (at 18mm) the subject (small lighthouse in center):



2. Using the 18 - 55mm lens (at 55mm) the subject:



3. Using the 55 - 250mm (at 250mm):



4. As a comparison, this is the Panasonic FZ30 at full x12 (supposedly 420mm):



5. And to finish off, I stuck my Olympus TCON17 on the end of my 55 - 250mm lens (with the aid of a 58 - 55 step down ring):



Unfortunately the pictures were slightly blurred, the IS tried but wasnt too sucessful, but does show the zoom capabilities of the lens. I actually think the teleconverter isnt too bad and will definately keep it and try and test it again on a sunny day.
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Old Jul 7, 2008, 8:48 PM   #15
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Seedubs,

Nice test series, thanks for posting.
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Old Jul 8, 2008, 4:00 AM   #16
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Thanks, just to add, these lenses were used on my 450D and the teleconverter didnt seem to affect the Auto-focus of the canon lenses. The Olympus TCON17 was used originally on my Pany, costs around £80 new, so might be an option to extend your existing lens without incurring substantial cost. Once I get out in some decent weather (I live in Wales!) then I will try some test shots with it attached.
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Old Jul 9, 2008, 4:50 PM   #17
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The 420mm seems about right for your Panny. It seems a tad bit closer than the 55-250mm which ends up being 400mm on a crop sensor.
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Old Jul 10, 2008, 8:00 AM   #18
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I have never understood this, so the 250mm lens equates to a 400mm on a crop sensor?

Sorry can you explain that a little bit, so I can work out exactly what shoving a 1.7 teleconveter on the end actual does, I was under the impression it would be around 425mm? Is this taking into account that the Pany is an 8MP camera and the Canon is a 12MP?

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