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David Morison
2nd October 2011, 10:48 AM
Just testing my newly acquired 70-300mm early this morning when I spotted this strange wood pigeon behaviour in the garden:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA026609.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/39376)

Bought the 70-300mm as a travel lens as my 300mm f2.8 is too weighty to carry in cabin baggage but too precious to check in. Pleasantly surprised that it required no AF adjustment with and without EC14. That's on the E30, have still to test it with the E5 and with EX25, but very happy so far.

David

Tordan58
3rd October 2011, 12:45 PM
Interestering posture...

I have the 70-300 myself, actually this is the first lens I acquired. Even though I have upgraded my lenses since then I have decided to keep the 70-300 for the reason you mention; size, lightweight and delivering good results. This summer I discovered what a nice companion the EX25 is with this lens when taking macro pictures at long distance.

nickg
3rd October 2011, 03:20 PM
Nice picture, strange behaviour! :)

Could I be a bit rude and ask if one or other of you could post a picture or two taken with the 70-300 and the EX-25 (or links to some you may already have on the web). I have the lens and am considering the extender but wonder what the quality of the pictures are like. I'd assume they are not up to scratch of the 50mm Macro but this combo would allow me to try some macro without too heavy of an investment or improving my sneaking skills.

David Morison
3rd October 2011, 05:29 PM
Well I have done a quick test with the 70-300mm plus EX25. This gives a dramatic increase in magnification but also changes the ratio of minimum focus distance. The lens has the same minimum focus distance at both 70 and 300mm but with the EX25 the minimum focus at 70mm is much closer than at 300mm making the difference in magnification much less than without the extender. All full frame, only pp to adjust exposure without sharpening. Taken with E30 and built-in flash.

70mm no extender:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA036670.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/39471)

70mm plus EX25:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA036672.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/39472)

300mm without extender:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA036669.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/39470)

300mm with EX25:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA036674.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/39473)

This was not a very scientific test, all were taken hand-held but I think it shows that the lens works well with the EX25 with certain limitations.

David

nickg
3rd October 2011, 05:51 PM
David, thanks for posting those, it certainly gets in closer and presumably from a bit further away. I am sorely tempted to get the ex-25 and give it a try. Again thanks.

Tordan58
3rd October 2011, 08:13 PM
Nice picture, strange behaviour! :)

Could I be a bit rude and ask if one or other of you could post a picture or two taken with the 70-300 and the EX-25 (or links to some you may already have on the web). I have the lens and am considering the extender but wonder what the quality of the pictures are like. I'd assume they are not up to scratch of the 50mm Macro but this combo would allow me to try some macro without too heavy of an investment or improving my sneaking skills.
Hi Nick,

In this post (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16343)I have shared some pictures of butterflies that I am quite pleased with, all taken with the 70-300 + EX25.

BR
Tord

nickg
3rd October 2011, 09:11 PM
Hi Nick,

In this post (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16343)I have shared some pictures of butterflies that I am quite pleased with, all taken with the 70-300 + EX25.

BR
Tord
Tord, thanks also for listing your thread. Those are very nice and have convinced me that this is indeed a very good combo. All I have to do now is convince the other half that that I do need the extender. :)
*chr to both you and David!

Tordan58
4th October 2011, 07:17 AM
Nick,

On the "For Sale" forum there is an EX25 for sale, at what I believe is a good price.

/Tord

nickg
4th October 2011, 08:06 AM
Nick,

On the "For Sale" forum there is an EX25 for sale, at what I believe is a good price.

/Tord

Teehee! Thanks Tord, yes I saw that. In fact that was what inspired my request for some images. Unfortunately although the other half was very impressed with your images, she was less so when I approached the subject of aquiring that. :(
I'll keep up the pressure, worse case is she can buy me one from my birthday in a couple of months time. :D