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Old Aug 13, 2010, 12:30 AM   #11
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if you plan on using any kind of continuous focus tracking, get the 600/620.

the epl1 gets you slightly better image quality and a smaller package, but i never think of EVILs as any kind of wildlife camera. they are great for ppl, landscapes,cityscapes, macro, artistic impressions, etc. but wildlife, sports, action, that is the realm of the mirror cameras.
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Old Aug 13, 2010, 4:22 AM   #12
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Thanks for the sincere guidance...I will run all traps on the E620 and decide from there...
The MOS sensors worry me...probably due to lack of knowledge only...so pardon my ignorance...

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I bought my E-PL1 when it first came out... with no discount. The camera and the VF-2 electronic viewfinder came to about $850. For only a little more than that, you can have the E-620 (which has an built-in optical viewfinder) with a two-lens kit: the 14-42 and 40-150mm lenses... PLUS the 70-300mm lens. Cracking value. The E-620 is considered a very good camera with solid image quality by virtually everyone who reviews it. I wouldn't worry about the sensor or IQ... you'll have to pixel-peep to see any shortcomings. Olympus's jpg engine, as always, does a fine job.
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If Oly had put a little hump on top of the EPL1 adding an EVF, it would be close to a perfect camera. The lack of an EVF is a real negative IMO (yes, I know I can add the EVF but it is costly and unpractical). So, the E620 has a slight advantage over the EPL1 for someone like myself who needs reading glasses.
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I bought my E-PL1 when it first came out... with no discount. The camera and the VF-2 electronic viewfinder came to about $850. For only a little more than that, you can have the E-620 (which has an built-in optical viewfinder) with a two-lens kit: the 14-42 and 40-150mm lenses... PLUS the 70-300mm lens. Cracking value. The E-620 is considered a very good camera with solid image quality by virtually everyone who reviews it. I wouldn't worry about the sensor or IQ... you'll have to pixel-peep to see any shortcomings. Olympus's jpg engine, as always, does a fine job.
Biro many thanks for the common sense behind your answer...I was looking at just the E620 and the 70-300 with the 2X Teleconverter...

Does anyone know if the 70-300 and the Oly 2X TC will AF on the E620?
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Does anyone know if the 70-300 and the Oly 2X TC will AF on the E620?
Does not work well in my experience. Focus is unreliabe and image quality is really degraded. I have an EC20 and use it with my 50-200 SWD and like the results of that combination. Can't wait to see how it acts on my E-PL1.

People do use the 70-300 with the EC14 and I have seen some nice results with that combination, but the EC20 is 1x too far in my opinion for use with the 70-300. You'd be better off just using the 70-300 or 70-300+EC14 and cropping a resulting file to get in closer.

BTW, I was pleasantly suprised with the AF of my 70-300 on the E-PL1. The 70-300 a somewhat slow lens to AF on a consumer DSLR and relatively fast on the E30. On the E-PL1 it's not that far off the AF speed on an E520 or E620.

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Biro many thanks for the common sense behind your answer...I was looking at just the E620 and the 70-300 with the 2X Teleconverter...

Does anyone know if the 70-300 and the Oly 2X TC will AF on the E620?
According to these reviewers at amazon.com, the answer is yes:

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Zuiko-.../dp/B000X1R6EO

But I'll bet you'll need a tripod when using the teleconverter at the long end of the lens. Or a rifle mount at the very least. Image stabilization can only do so much.
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no it will not properly work on the long end of the zoom, TC not allow enough light pass f8 to AF. You may have some very slow af
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no it will not properly work on the long end of the zoom, TC not allow enough light pass f8 to AF. You may have some very slow af
It's true... the only way to guarantee AF will work with a teleconverter is to have f/4 or faster at any given focal length. In this case, you could manually rough-focus your lens and then allow AF to fine-tune it or just manually focus. If you're in hyperfocal range, you'll do better than you might imagine.

Now, another solution might be a 1.4x teleconverter, with which you lose only only stop:

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-EC14-T.../dp/B00014K3V6

You won't get a 1200mm equivalent this way... more like 840mm. I say buy from Amazon, B&H, Adorama or anyone with a good return policy. Try both the 2x and 1.4x and if one or both don't work well enough for you, send it/them back.
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Think I should just cut to the chase and get the 300mm f/2.8?...lol...man that is some kinda lens with some kinda price tag...the lens would be no problem for me to buy the divorce would be the costly part...lol...
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