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Old Jul 7, 2014, 12:19 PM   #1
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I'm working on a deal for the 70-300 plus an Olympus EC14 teleconverter shipped to me for 325.00. Was there an older model EC14 that was used for the OMD film system lenses that did not have contact points on the converter. I don't want to pull the trigger if the EC14 will be useless. The seller claims there are contact points on it so he's thinking it is for digital. I do know that a new EC14 is over 400 bucks so thats what stopped me in my tracks until I get some info. Seems like an awful good price for the lens and EC14.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 1:59 PM   #2
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JIm: that sounds like a good deal. Does the seller have a photo of his EC-14? If it is the real thing, the EC-14 clearly says "Digital 1.4 teleconverter EC-14" in all capital letters. Here is a photo of one from the B&H website




While new ones are going for over $400, the best price on e-bay seems to be $145. There currently are 6 of them left at this price. The ebay link is:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Olympus-EC-1...item43cbeb19fe
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Thanks Steve. Yes it does say Digital on the converter. My intention was to buy the package for the EC14 but I think that would just make the 70-300 a little weak considering the converter loses one stop for you. I also am concerned about the resolution of the 70-300 with the EC14 strapped to it. Now I think the 50-200 with the EC14 would be a nice combo. Have you tried this on your 50-200?
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I don't have any teleconverters, but the EC-14 is high on my wish list. So many folks say that the EC-14 works really well with the 50-200.

I'm not sure, but Bob B uses his 70-300 a lot, and he might have experience with the pairing of the EC1.4 with the 70-300. If he sees this thread I'm sure he will comment. Or just send him a message.
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Hi Jim

At that price .. its a steal. I've used it with the 35-100F2 and its great .. you'll loose a stop in light but it should still be more than good enough.

Build quality is very good and its a lot better than the EC20 build and IQ wise.

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The EC14 works with the 70-300, but it puts you on the edge of compatibility as the lens loses a stop so you're at f8 on the long end of the zoom, which I believe is close to the end of the line in terms of light the system needs to autofocus. At one time I had both the EC14 and EC20 and I remember the 70-300 not working at all with the extra stop of the EC20. I also tried the EC14 with the 70-300 but never really used it for much. I know there are those who use that combination though, so you will get some use from it.

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The EC14 works with the 70-300, but it puts you on the edge of compatibility as the lens loses a stop so you're at f8 on the long end of the zoom, which I believe is close to the end of the line in terms of light the system needs to autofocus. At one time I had both the EC14 and EC20 and I remember the 70-300 not working at all with the extra stop of the EC20. I also tried the EC14 with the 70-300 but never really used it for much. I know there are those who use that combination though, so you will get some use from it.
I have decided against buying this Greg for the very reasons you state. I'm still going to hold off for the 50-200mm and then get a used EC14. For another 150 or so I can pick up a clean 50-200mm which is twice the lens the 70-300 is in terms of sharpness and light gathering. Just have to be patient and get a little more mad cash together.
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