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tonton1962
1st July 2010, 05:12 PM
Have the 70-300 and once you know how to use it, pictures are great. I wanna step up so I was thinking of the 50-200 of course. When I look at pictures like this one (http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6862423&nseq=17), my mouth starts to fall wide open. Can the 50-200 achieve this kind of IQ? I guess the picture I refer too was taken with something like a 500 or more (Can..)

PaulE
1st July 2010, 05:42 PM
In terms of IQ alone I'd expect the 50-200 to exceed the image quality shown in that image - but then so would the 70-300 (imo) at that particular aperture / ISO / Shutterspeed combination (F6.3, ISO100, 1/800sec according to the exif).... However that particular image was taken at a huge FL of 700mm - which you'll sadly not get close to with any current Olympus lens with or without an EC-20 - you could achieve 600mm but either this means a very small / slow aperture and relatively poor IQ (with the 70-300+EC-20) or a huge expense having to get the 300 f2.8 and EC-20. That of course is ignoring other legacy or Sigma solutions - which might struggle to get you the IQ and or AF.

Although the 50-200 is a really incredible lens in this particular case it would fall well short of that example image you link to not because the lens is of a lesser quality but solely due to it being too short for the job - now if you could get that much closer to the subject where 200mm or 283mm (with the EC-14) would be enough reach to fill the frame then the conclusion would be very different...

Wreckdiver
1st July 2010, 06:32 PM
Incredible shot. I am off to the RIAT later this month and debating either hiring the 300mm f/2.8 or getting an EC-20 for my 50-200mm. Oh decisions!

Steve

tonton1962
1st July 2010, 07:54 PM
Perhaps I'll be off to RIAT as well... if the weather remains as it is, it will be fantastic. I haven't done airshows with the 70-300, and if the sky is blue, and good aperture I should be able to get a lot of keepers... Also, the image shown is not straight from the camera, and underwent careful processing if I am not mistaken.

Wreckdiver
1st July 2010, 08:52 PM
Perhaps I'll be off to RIAT as well... if the weather remains as it is, it will be fantastic. I haven't done airshows with the 70-300, and if the sky is blue, and good aperture I should be able to get a lot of keepers... Also, the image shown is not straight from the camera, and underwent careful processing if I am not mistaken.

Did you take the shot then? would be interested to know what camera it was and what the settings were.

Steve

Rocky
1st July 2010, 09:04 PM
Image Width = 4752
Image Length = 3168
Bits Per Sample = 16, 16, 16
Compression = Uncompressed
Photometric Interpretation = RGB
Make = Canon
Model = Canon EOS 50D
Orientation = top/left
Samples Per Pixel = 3
X Resolution = 0.007
Y Resolution = 0.007
Planar Configuration = chunky format
Resolution Unit = inch
Software = Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
Date Time = 2010-05-03 12:01:09
Exif IFD Pointer = Offset: 308
GPS Info IFD Pointer = Offset: 960

[Camera]
Exposure Time = 1/800"
F Number = F6.3
ISO Speed Ratings = 100
Exif Version = Version 2.21
Date Time Original = 2009-06-16 14:14:40
Date Time Digitized = 2009-06-16 14:14:40
Shutter Speed Value = 9.63 TV
Aperture Value = 5.38 AV
Exposure Bias Value = 0EV
Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length = 700mm
User Comment =
Flashpix Version = Version 1.0
Color Space = sRGB
Exif Image Width = 1600
Exif Image Height = 1067
Focal Plane X Resolution = 5315.436
Focal Plane Y Resolution = 5306.533
Focal Plane Resolution Unit = inch
Custom Rendered = Normal process
Exposure Mode = Auto exposure
White Balance = Auto white balance
Scene Capture Type = Normal

[Thumbnail Info]
Compression = JPEG Compressed (Thumbnail)
X Resolution = 72
Y Resolution = 72
Resolution Unit = inch
JPEG Interchange Format = Offset: 1074
JPEG Interchange Format Length = Length: 3078

[Thumbnail]
Thumbnail = 160 x 107

Jim Ford
1st July 2010, 09:05 PM
Did you take the shot then? would be interested to know what camera it was and what the settings were.


The EXIF says:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Lens: 700 mm
Exposure: Auto exposure, 1/790 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100

Jim

Wreckdiver
1st July 2010, 09:13 PM
Thanks guys, couldn't see where to get the exif data from.

Steve