View Full Version : E-M5,50-200 and EC14.

6th May 2012, 12:54 PM
Thought I'd give this combination a go this morning.

Canada goose family,can you resit.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5060541.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=46073)

Black-headed Gull.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5060508.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=46072)

Auto focus is slow compared to the E5 but not that much slower than the E1.if your subjects fairly static magnified view in the finder works very well with manual focus.
What I am rally please is how stunningly sharp these are and how the whites haven't blown.

Oh for some sunshine next week so I can do some macro.

6th May 2012, 01:00 PM
Wow Andy!
I am really impressed with these images it looks like a great combination, I have a 50-200 and an EC-14, I just need the E-M5 now :eek:

6th May 2012, 02:35 PM
Nice shots Andy *chr
I've run a few tests with this combination and have also been pretty impressed. No wildlife or anything worthy of posting but the images have been brimming with detail and sharp.
Focus is a bit slow but usable and as you say the E-M5 can be set-up to enhance manual focussing.

6th May 2012, 02:53 PM
That first image is great! Not over-processed either - nice and natural looking without being too vibrant and saturated.



6th May 2012, 07:38 PM
Thats a really sharp combo by the looks of it, I;d be well happy with those mate.

7th May 2012, 11:20 AM
Thank you ,I was quite pleased with them.

Took the E5 out this morning,over the last few day I've only used the E-M5 so it felt massive.

7th May 2012, 11:36 AM
Auto focus is slow compared to the E5 but not that much slower than the E1.if your subjects fairly static magnified view in the finder works very well with manual focus.

In a sense I'm pleased to hear that! It was the autofocus issue that put me off getting one. I've now got a secondhand E5 lined up to replace the E3 as second camera so idc there'll be an E3 on the market for somebody.

Ross the fiddler
7th May 2012, 01:08 PM
Oh wow! I love the detail in these & they are really lovely shots, subjects & composition.

I had to make a choice between perhaps getting the 50-200 (SWD) lens or go the other way & get the E-M5. I went the latter & hopefully there will be an opportunity to get a lens that will come close to the 50-200 quality (maybe a 50-200 Mk 1).


Bikie John
7th May 2012, 01:27 PM
I put the 50-200 SWD on the E-M5 (with no teleconverter) and took it for a stroll round the garden. It was hopeless - grunting in and out all over the place and would very rarely find focus at all. Still, Ian had already warned us that this might be the case, specially with the SWD version.

Ciao ... John

7th May 2012, 03:02 PM
Sorry forgot to mention that mines the old Mk1 version.

Bikie John
7th May 2012, 04:17 PM
I think Ian said that the SWDs were particularly problem-prone. Which makes it a bit strange that people have been reporting good behaviour from the 12-60. I'll have to play some more.

Ciao ... John

David Morison
7th May 2012, 06:06 PM
I originally bought the 50-200mm to use with the EC 14 as a lightweight alternative to my 300mm f2.8 when flying cabin baggage only. Very pleased with the IQ but it was not as accurate or fast in the focusing department as the 300mm, although admittedly that has a focus limit switch. Using the combination with the EM-5 is a little disappointing as it rattles quite a bit before settling. The 300mm f2.8 is also slow with the EM-5 but faster than the 50-200mm +EC14. For bird photography it may be a problem but I need to trial all my 4/3rd lenses more. The m75-300mm is a slow lens (f6.7 at 300mm) but has very fast AF with the EM-5 and it's IQ is pretty impressive, and with the excellent noise characteristics of the new sensor the lens speed is less important. However as I said - lots more testing.


Ross the fiddler
7th May 2012, 10:48 PM
Looking at Ian's samples with the 70-300 on the E-M5 (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=19693), he also used the LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6 for the first photo in the second group & I might go for that lens yet, as I can get that at a good price (if the Aussie $ goes back up) through a direct importer from China, which would be much cheaper than the Oly 75-300 lens & brighter too.

Despite the quality of which lens we use & comparisons, I don't want to detract from the lovely photos Andy has taken in this thread.


Mrs T
14th May 2012, 08:45 PM
Hi Andy,

Somehow I missed these originally but my husband showed them to me this evening. The Canada Geese are very good. Interesting to see this combination working well for you.