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garethlovering
21st August 2008, 06:18 PM
I am think about buying an Olympus teleconverter, not sure which one is best though x1.4 or x2. Any body got any views on which one I should choose?

Chillimonster
21st August 2008, 06:25 PM
The 1.4 is usually the better choice, unless you REALLY need the extra length of the 2x.

The 2x has slightly more effect on the overall picture quality, and you also lose two stops of light, as opposed to one stop on the 1.4x.

I prefer the 1.4 times as the picture remains sharper meaning if necessary i can crop in post processing.

What lens are you thinking of putting it on as this can have a huge impact on the overall picture quality with the TC on.

Chris

garethlovering
21st August 2008, 06:47 PM
My kit is an E520 with a 35mm Macro, 12-60mm, & a 70-300mm lens so I might use it any of them.

Chillimonster
21st August 2008, 06:54 PM
The 35mm Macro and the 12-60 will be OK with either, but i think you would be pushing it with the 70-300 and the 2x in all but the brightest light.

bully74uk
21st August 2008, 09:53 PM
The 35mm Macro and the 12-60 will be OK with either, but i think you would be pushing it with the 70-300 and the 2x in all but the brightest light.

Sorry to jump on this thread but could I use my 40-150 kit lens with the 1.4 TC ?

shenstone
21st August 2008, 10:01 PM
Sorry to jump on this thread but could I use my 40-150 kit lens with the 1.4 TC ?

Yes of course it will work, but you will have to consider the same 2 stop loss as for other lenses.

If you plan to do a lot of work at this length then the 70-300 is less bulky as it's about the same size a your kit lens ( I have and use both)

Regards
Andy

shenstone
21st August 2008, 10:03 PM
I am think about buying an Olympus teleconverter, not sure which one is best though x1.4 or x2. Any body got any views on which one I should choose?

From looking at the pictures you take I see a lot in sports grounds and of trains in motion. Both of these will struggle with shutter speed if you drop 2 stops and hence I would suggest that for you the EC14 is preferable.

Just my opinion of course

Regards
Andy

bully74uk
21st August 2008, 10:05 PM
Yes of course it will work, but you will have to consider the same 2 stop loss as for other lenses.

If you plan to do a lot of work at this length then the 70-300 is less bulky as it's about the same size a your kit lens ( I have and use both)

Regards
Andy

Ahh, and not a great deal of difference in price it seems.
I thought it may be a cheaper option to get the additional focal length but maybe it would be more cost effective to get the 70-300 ?

theMusicMan
22nd August 2008, 07:49 AM
I am think about buying an Olympus teleconverter, not sure which one is best though x1.4 or x2. Any body got any views on which one I should choose?
I agree with all that has been said up to now, but if you want to see some images taken with the EC14 plus Oly 70-300mm take a look at the puffin shots here;

http://www.reflectingme.com/p28339871/

... all taken with the EC14 and 70-300mm.

j.baker
22nd August 2008, 08:15 AM
I have the EC-20 and you need to use very fast glass(F2-3.5) and lots of light.

What glass do you have, and what would you use the tele conv for?

StephenL
22nd August 2008, 09:14 AM
The EC-14 is so versatile and you almost don't notice it's on the camera (light-wise). I have heard tell it's also optically better than the EC-20.