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Old Apr 6, 2013, 3:16 PM   #1
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Default IQ Difference Between The Oly 50-200mm and 70-300mm

Does anyone have both of these lenses where they could comment on the difference in IQ between them. I know that the 50-200 is a f2.8 which would be better in terms of light gathering but I do not know how big a difference there is in IQ. Thank you.
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Old Apr 6, 2013, 4:03 PM   #2
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The 50-200 is a pro level lens, and 70-300 is a consumer grade lens. In the same ranges, the 50-200 is much sharper, and it is much better for action shooting.

In canon terms you care comparing the 70-300 non L lens to the 70-200L 2.8
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Old Apr 6, 2013, 4:06 PM   #3
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Great, the Canon L lenses are exceptional for sure.
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The 50-200 is a pro level lens, and 70-300 is a consumer grade lens. In the same ranges, the 50-200 is much sharper, and it is much better for action shooting.

In canon terms you care comparing the 70-300 non L lens to the 70-200L 2.8
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The 70-300 for the price is a cracker and in good light is a very versatile lens... It's pretty good as a macro as well as giving you a 600mm equivalent reach.

As Sho's already stated with the 50-200 you have a pro lens, which with the 14-54 the two lenses originally released with the E1.The 50-200 is sharp wide open, is weather sealed, great for portraits as well as sports/wildlife and can be used with the EC14/20 teleconverter to give you more reach without a loss in IQ. Steve, Bob and Ken should b able to help as they have one or both of them :

http://fourthirds-user.com/forum/showthread.php?t=

http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/f2/...swd-39020.html.

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Thanks Harj. With the EC14/20 you do lose a fstop don't you?
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The 70-300 for the price is a cracker and in good light is a very versatile lens... It's pretty good as a macro as well as giving you a 600mm equivalent reach.

As Sho's already stated with the 50-200 you have a pro lens, which with the 14-54 the two lenses originally released with the E1.The 50-200 is sharp wide open, is weather sealed, great for portraits as well as sports/wildlife and can be used with the EC14/20 teleconverter to give you more reach without a loss in IQ. Steve, Bob should b able to help as they have one or both of them.
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With any TC you will lose light.
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With the ec14 u loose 1 stop but there's little lost in IQ not with the 20 its 2 stops of light & some IQ.
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I own both the 70-300 and the 50-200mm. I agree with the others comments, and I use the 50-200 probably 90% of the time when I need telephoto shots.. The 70-300 is a bargain for the money, and is lighter and shorter. It is also superior for close-ups/macros. That said, the 50-200 is superior optically and all around. I'm glad I have both, but I definitely think the 50-200 is the better lens.
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I've read on the M43 forum that a few people aren't real happy with the M.Zuiko 12-60mm lens. Is the same true of the 4/3 Zuiko 12-60mm lens? Seems like that may be a good choice over the 14-54mm Zuiko.
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Hi james

Personally I would not compare the m43 12-50 lens to either the 14-54 or the 12-60 FT lenses. In fact I think it may not even be as good as the 14-45 SG kit lens.

Both the 12-60 & 14-54 are good lenses, although I think the 12-60 is sharper, has better bokeh and is faster to focus due to its SWD motor. The 14-54 is no slouch and is faster at the long end and does not suffer from distortion at the wide end, like the SWD does at 12mm. There's also a big difference in price ..I think the 14-54 is nearly 50% of the price for the 12-60. You can't go wrong with either lens..the 12-60 will be more versatile due to its focal length. I came across an old review of the E3 +12-60 vs D300+17-55 f2.8 DX and the oly combo upto Iso 800 matched or even bettered the Nikon in terms of IQ of the files - detail/sharpness.

Check out Sean Reids review of the

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/e1

"I've tried two samples of the 14-54mm so far and both samples, in my mind, measured up to the various Canon L zoom lenses I've owned, such as the 24-70 or 16-35."

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