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Old Apr 25, 2012, 4:38 PM   #1
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Default ...trying a different hardware set with the P3

...I am a fortunate individual in that I have a friend who loaned me the use of his EC20.

I have never had a TC and have found the EC20 quite a challenge on all but my 'rested on a sandbag' 50-200. On the 70-300.... well for me that combo is best if, simply put, forgotten.

Yesterday I hooked the EC20 between the MMF-2 and 14-54 then headed out to punch off a few files. Not a bad return for a fairly light hardware load.

I only shoot RAW and use AfterShot Pro by Corel for the conversion.

....meet Oscar English (not my dog), 28-mm, SP 1/2500 @ f/5.6, +7/10EV, ISO 500


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108-mm, SP 1/3200 @ f/7, +7/10EV, ISO 1600
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Old Apr 25, 2012, 4:43 PM   #2
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I love #2 and #3 ... great shots!
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Old Apr 25, 2012, 5:09 PM   #3
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The detail on those closeups look really good. You've found yourself a good combination.

I tried the EC20 + 50-200 SWD on my E-PL1 before selling the lens. Manually focussed and tripod mounted, the combination produced excellent results. AF performance was hideous, and that's being nice. Plus, it was just do darn big for the camera...

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...yes, the 50-200 does present great results off the EC20 the couple times I tried it with the P3, only the 70-300 is a problem and that is me, not the hardware, the 14-54 actually surprised me.

Folob I really enjoy photographing the bull thistle, thanks for your comment, I am happy you like it too.

I did intend to upload a couple more but forgot.....






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If I ever buy a 4/3-m4/3 electronic adapter, I think the two lenses I'll buy are the 14-54mm and the 70-300mm. I had both (the 14-54 was the old version) and loved them. i have a collection of excellent pictures taken with these lenses with the E510. Usually most 2x converters degrade the image quite a bit but it appears that the EC20 is an exception. I remember when it was first released, many people were very skeptical about it (especially because the EC14 is such a great converter). Over time, the general consensus is that the EC20 is just as good as the EC14 but with extra reach.
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Tullio,
..........I bought the 14-54 & 50-200 early 2006, used them on my E-300 which I still use quite often, the E-3 and now the E-P3, but as Greg said, the 50-200 is not a 'feel good' PEN fit, it belongs on E-3.

I do not regularly use the 14-54 with the P3 because the m14-42 performs better for AF, but for the purpose-wanted set up with the EC-20 it makes for a very comfortable combination and the results, as seen, can be outstanding.

Now that butterfly season is beginning I will be back to the P3/70-300 rig.
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..........I bought the 14-54 & 50-200 early 2006, used them on my E-300 which I still use quite often, the E-3 and now the E-P3, but as Greg said, the 50-200 is not a 'feel good' PEN fit, it belongs on E-3.

I do not regularly use the 14-54 with the P3 because the m14-42 performs better for AF, but for the purpose-wanted set up with the EC-20 it makes for a very comfortable combination and the results, as seen, can be outstanding.

Now that butterfly season is beginning I will be back to the P3/70-300 rig.
Very Nice Shots BoBB
Is your 14-54 a Mk1 or MK11 ?
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Thanks Fred, my 14-54 & 50-200 are both ver-1.
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nice set Bob! the detail on the caterpillar is very good. I wonder how the TC plus 50-200 or 70-300 would be for astro photography?

In your opinion how does the combo of the 50-200 and TC compare to the 70-300 in similar FL? i.e. is the 50-200 + TC at 150mm equivalent or worse than the 70-300 at 300mm?

Wonder if we will ever see a MFT TC? would be nice to have the option of turning my 45-200 into a 90-400 even if it meant slower aperture...

For you FT guys, I bought some MFT (3) Olympus rear lens caps from China via ebay very cheaply recently. Unfortunately they sent me FT caps. Fortunately they were very accommodating and sent me the MFT caps in short order free of charge. They also let me keep the FT caps which I have no use for, if anyone wants them I will send them out for cost of shipping ($2 maybe $3 at most in USA), just drop me a pm, first come first gets 'em.
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You would not want to use the 70-300 with the EC20. I have seen users with the 70-300 have some success with the EC14, but the EC20 is just 1-x too much for that lens.

As for a TC in micro four-thirds, what lenses would they be used with? Since you lose 1 or more stops with any TC, you need some micro tele lenses faster than what we currently have. Until you have the lenses, teleconverters make no sense.
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