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Old Nov 26, 2010, 2:46 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.
I am fairly new here.
I am about to buy a E-620 with a 14-42 lense. Very Soon
Thats the best that my budget allows.

My main intersect is nature and wildlife photography
I am 90 % sure I will be buying a 70-300 lense before spring .
A 1.4 TC would also be nice with the 70-300

Does it have 1.33 times the Range of a Nikon or Canon 70-300 because of the 2 X crop factor compare to Canon 1.5 X ( A guess ) ?
2 / 1.5

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Old Nov 26, 2010, 3:24 PM   #2
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I am not sure I understand your question. If you are talking about focal length equivalency, then yes. The 70-300 will have the same field of view as a 600mm lens does on a full frame sensor, while a 70-300 lens on a nikon will have a field of view that is equivalent to 450mm on a full frame sensor at the long end.
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Old Nov 26, 2010, 7:37 PM   #3
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Hi Jim,

I started out with an E620 and 70-300mm lens.. it's a terrific combo for wildlife photography. Check my site in my signature for plenty of examples using this combo.

When using the 70-300mm, I've found (like many others) that it is sharpest stopped down to f8.

Personally I wouldn't use the EC14 with that lens as there just isn't enough light. But it might be ok in brightly lit situations.
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 9:29 AM   #4
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Thankyou that answers my question
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Re the TC 1.4 My shooting will be 90 % outdoors
The 70-300 from what I have seen is the right ticket.
Is there a noticable difference from a bright day to an overcast day using the TC 1.4 on the 70-300 ?

The reason I am asking There is one on e-bay from a local seller.
Saves the shipping . For the right price could it be worth picking up ?

Also there are a couple of 70-300 in Kijiji for the $ 250.00 range

I prefer to by locally then, I can see what I am paying for

I picked up the E-620 last night
Today lots of testing
Not so good news for testing. Overcast and snowing - 10 deg C
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Is there a noticable difference from a bright day to an overcast day using the TC 1.4 on the 70-300 ?
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Light is everything with this lens and any other affordable zoom, Even down to waiting for the sun to come out from behind a cloud to take a picture..
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Old Nov 29, 2010, 2:27 AM   #6
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Re the TC 1.4 My shooting will be 90 % outdoors
The 70-300 from what I have seen is the right ticket.
Is there a noticable difference from a bright day to an overcast day using the TC 1.4 on the 70-300 ?
Hi Jim,

I used the 70-300mm exclusively outdoors for wildlife and bird photography. This lens needs plenty of light on it own, let alone adding the 1.4 TC. If you add the TC, you are probably going to need a tripod for support, as the slightest bit of movement will blur your images.

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Old Nov 29, 2010, 7:12 AM   #7
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Hello,

The 70-300mm ZD lens is a wonderful budget lens that produces outstanding results provided you work within it's capabilities. As everyone has mentioned, Adequate light is a big key to your success. Adding a EC-14 telecon will essentially reduce 1.5 stops of light throughout the entire focal range. So, working in adequate light will be all the more important. The lens works best at a Aperture setting between F-8 and F-11 - providing very sharp and detailed results. Using the EC-14 telecon, with the lens fully extended will produce results fully acceptable but a bit softer. With that combination, a sturdy tripod is almost a must.

I have the lens and have used it extensively with both the EC-14 and the EC-20. I personally wouldn't recommend using it with the EC-20. There is just too much degradation with that combination.

With the addition of an EC-25 extension tube, the 70-300mm turns into an excellent macro lens further adding to it's versatility.

My suggestion to you is to read the article written on this lens by Andrzej Wrotniak.

You can find it here:http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/zd-070-300.html

It is one of the most complete articles I've ever read about this lens.

Good luck with the E-620- it's a fine camera.

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Old Nov 29, 2010, 2:04 PM   #8
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Thankyou for all the replys
I will scrap the EC 1.4 and buy a 70-300 as soon I find a good deal
I am in NO rush
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