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Ian
5th April 2012, 05:19 PM
There have been some requests for me to try out the Four Thirds Zuiko Digital 70-300 and even with the EC-14 converter on the E-M5. So what did I do - went out at almost quarter to five, with overcast and flat light and tried out the 70-300 E-M5 combo. Here are some results - all at ISO 1600 and f/6.3, hand held with IS1 on and from camera JPEGs, quite major crops, with - admittedly - a fair amount of massaging in Lightroom 4. Once LR4 gets E-M5 RAW support, these can be improved, I'm sure. I can happily report that the AF works surprisingly well, all things considered, too. Don't get too excited - the m.Zuiko 75-300 walks all over the 70-300 on an E-M5, but the ZD 70-300 is very much a usable lens on the E-M5 even in less than ideal light.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P4050267_jpeg.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44800)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P4050296_jpeg.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44801)
This is with the EC-14 @f7.9 as indicated on the screen.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P4050259_jpeg.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44799)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P4050237_jpeg.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44798)

Not too shabby, I think!

Ian

PeterBirder
5th April 2012, 06:51 PM
Thanks for these Ian.
The more I see of your sample shots the more convinced I am that ordering the E-M5 was the right move for me. Just need to get my hands on mine.:)

You are really becoming quite a "birder".:D

Regards

Ian
6th April 2012, 12:05 PM
The sun was out this morning and I found Mr & Mrs Mallard having a rest near where I photographed them yesterday in cloudy late afternoon light. So I thought, let's see what the 70-300 can do in better light. The disappointment was the EC-14 converter; it ghosts quite badly:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4060387_jpeg-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44882)
This is the original frame without adjustments and is uncropped @300mm

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4060433_jpeg.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44885)
This is the uncropped original frame with EC-14 attached

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P4060391_jpeg.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44890)
70-300 cropped, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/640th (correct image now)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4060433_jpeg-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44884)
70-300 + EC-14, cropped, f/9, ISO 500, 1/000th - lots of ghosting in the bright light, sadly.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P4060451_jpeg.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44891)
m.Zuiko 75-300 @300mm, ISO 200 f/6.7 1/800th (correct image now)

Ian

Ross the fiddler
6th April 2012, 01:16 PM
Thanks Ian. The afternoon photos look quite nice, although there is obviously some compromise with the EC14 added to it too. This morning's photos show how good the ZD70-300 lens is by itself, but that we should definitely leave the EC14 at home (with this lens) & crop instead.

Now it would be nice to see how the 50-200 SWD lens with EC14 performs by comparison on the E-M5. I have no doubt about image quality (hopefully no ghosting), just the focus speed (& reliability). If you get to do this, could you please take note of how fast the focus is in comparison to using the 70-300 (4/3's) lens (without EC14). It just might be the deciding factor one way or the other for me & others on which body or which lens to go for.

Thanks for the photos & your time to do this.
*chr

Edited comment to updated photos.

Ian
6th April 2012, 01:24 PM
Ooops _ made a silly mistake - the one labelled 70-300 without EC-14 is taken with a Panasonic 100-300. Let me rectify this now! And so is the 75-300 one - what is going on?!

Ian

Note - all correct now; sorry about that!

Ross the fiddler
6th April 2012, 02:11 PM
Thanks Ian, but the first of this morning's originals is still the LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6, however the crop of the 70-300 looks good though.

*chr

Ian
6th April 2012, 04:09 PM
Thanks Ian, but the first of this morning's originals is still the LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6, however the crop of the 70-300 looks good though.

*chr

Thanks - I didn't bother changing that as it just shows the field of view.

Sorry again about the mix-up!

Ian

Ross the fiddler
23rd April 2012, 01:37 PM
It would be interesting to see photos from new owners now with the 70-300 lens (by itself) to see how others get on with it (not everybody can afford to add the M 75-300 lens into their kit straight away).

jamsa
19th May 2012, 12:39 PM
I willnow buy the mmf2 adapter and take it out with the 70-300 f4.0 - 5.6 I will post results as soon as I can afterwards.
Give me a week or so to get the adapter though..:)

Ross the fiddler
20th May 2012, 01:43 AM
I willnow buy the mmf2 adapter and take it out with the 70-300 f4.0 - 5.6 I will post results as soon as I can afterwards.
Give me a week or so to get the adapter though..:)

If the cost is a consideration, then this (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/320902266860?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%3A80% 2Fsch%2Fitems%2F%3F_nkw%3D320902266860%26_sacat%3D %26_ex_kw%3D%26_mPrRngCbx%3D1%26_udlo%3D%26_udhi%3 D%26_sop%3D12%26clk_rvr_id%3D344640830426%26_fvi%3 D1&_rdc=1) might be an alternative, with comments (various) here (http://www.43rumors.com/new-viltrox-adpater-with-af-support/#comments).

schist
23rd May 2012, 07:43 AM
One (uncropped) with EM5 + MM2 + 70-300 @ 300, 1/400 f9 ISO 2000. S-AF single target see: http://www.schistimages.com/photo.htm

David Morison
23rd May 2012, 02:31 PM
This is very impressive, certainly better than I could get with the E5 and it reinforces my opinion that the EM-5 enhances the performance of some FT lenses. Certainly in my case it seems to improve the IQ of the Leica 14-150mm and the 300mm f2.8. A bit disappointed so far with the 50-200mm and I still need to try it with the 7-14mm.

David