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Old Feb 19, 2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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Does anyone make a 2x tele extender that will work with the Oly M43 system? Will the Zuiko 4/3 extender work well with an adaptor?
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 11:33 AM   #2
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James.... E-P3, MMF-1, Zuiko EC-20, Zuiko 14-54 Type I.

I also have used the EC-20 with my ZD 50-200 on the E-P3 and tripod. Focusing is not lightning fast but it works and I've no complaints due to the type photography I do.

The EC-20 on any Zuiko lens slower than 3.5 does not make very pretty results...... I would not recommend the EC-20 there, the EC-14 however is a better match all around.

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Thanks Bob. Yes, I see you do get one stop of light loss using these extenders. Geez, I just looked at the price of the EC14, I might as well buy the 75-300mm zoom for what they want for the extender and I would be money ahead. I was thinking of using the extender on my 40-150 Oly lens to give me 300 (EC20) or 210 with the EC14. I got sticker shock.
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Thanks Bob. Yes, I see you do get one stop of light loss using these extenders. Geez, I just looked at the price of the EC14, I might as well buy the 75-300mm zoom for what they want for the extender and I would be money ahead. I was thinking of using the extender on my 40-150 Oly lens to give me 300 (EC20) or 210 with the EC14. I got sticker shock.
Yeah the tele converters are a bit pricey, but I have seen some excellent results from E system DSLR users with the EC14 and the 50-200SWD f2.8-3.5, or the Zuiko 150mm f2 with the EC14 or EC20.

But in terms of getting you to 300mm your cheapest option is the 4/3 Zuiko 70-300mm f4-5.6, especially since you have a m4/3<->4/3 adapter.

They were on sale for $299 but that $100 off deal appears to have expired, I'd expect it to come back though.

In the meantime you could get this used one from Henry's on ebay with a 3-year warranty for $257 plus shipping, that's a good price and better warranty than you'd get from Olympus!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/OLYMPUS-ZUIK...item43b8c90bac
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James., I agree! The better direction for you could be a 'refurbished' 70-300.

Cameta, KEH, Henry's all are reputable and the products are most always better condition than stated. I usually buy from Cameta which extends the mfg refurb 90-day warranty to a full-year warranty.

The bigger outlets, i.e. BH, Adorama, Beach..... do not extend the mfg 90-day warranty.
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Thanks Bob. Cameta is where I bought my refurb Oly 35mm macro from with a one year warranty. It looks like it is brand new. Besides, I don't have any fast lenses so I will just forget about the EC's.
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Thanks Bob. Yes, I see you do get one stop of light loss using these extenders. Geez, I just looked at the price of the EC14, I might as well buy the 75-300mm zoom for what they want for the extender and I would be money ahead. I was thinking of using the extender on my 40-150 Oly lens to give me 300 (EC20) or 210 with the EC14. I got sticker shock.


In the case of the EC20, you'd lose two stops. Is your 40-150 the four-thirds or micro four-thirds model? I ask as the EC14 and EC20 converters will not work with the Micro lens models. Only the four-thirds lenses.

Yes, the new Micro 75-300 would be the way to get to 300mm on a micro body.
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Thanks Greg. I have the M43 40-150. I'd probably go with a 4/3 70-300, much cheaper and from what I have seen, very good image quality. The micro model is for people with much more money than I have to work with.
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