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michaelavis
18th June 2010, 05:46 PM
I use my E-3/50-200/EC-14 combo mainly for sports (my kids) and the dog chasing birds etc and get pleasing results, although I do have to take a lot of shots to get the ones I'm happy to share *yes. I use burst mode, C-AF at up to ISO800 for most of what I do.

I'm not one for lugging this lot around for other than a pre-meditated reason and I've found myself taking fewer pictures that when I owned an E520 and standard lenses, which seems to defeat the object plus of course I don't feel too good about having a good chunk of cash being tied up in equipment that I don't use enough and is frankly better than I am able to exploit.

When I had the E520, I had an 70-300 and I remember getting good results at sports, although I may be seeing this through rose tinted glasses. Given that 99% of my shots go onto a website (i.e. rather than large prints) I'm not sure the factually higher resolution of the 50-200 would benefit me.

Obviously the E-3/50-200/EC14 is weatherproof, but I've got to wondering that if I can live without the resolution (I'm sure I can) is the shooting speed (5fps v 4fps), SWD focusing speed and larger/brighter viewfinder going to be that much better than a E600/70-300 for what I do at my level of ability?

I bought an E600 recently when Dixon's were flogging them at 299 and have really enjoyed using it and have been very impressed with the results Im getting with standard lenses, including the 18-180, for everyday snapshots and it definitely comes with me at times the E-3 et al definitely wouldn't have done.

Bottom line: is the E-3/50-200/EC14 semi-pro gear wasted on me? would an E600/70-300 do 80-90% as good a job at a lot less money and bulk? OR am I taking for granted just how good the overall performance of my E-3 is, will the E600/70-300 be intolerably slow and soft in comparison? will my "keeper" hit rate be decimated?

I know the answer is to try it out, but I don't have a 70-300 to hand and I'm just wondering if anybody has looked into this kind of choice and has experienced the outcomes or has all the type of kit I've mentioned so knows the differences first hand.

Pete Riley
18th June 2010, 06:02 PM
I'll swap my 70-300 for your E3/50-200/EC14. No questions asked ,(wink! wink!)*eyebrows

E-3
18th June 2010, 06:49 PM
I recently got rid of my E-3 & heavy lenses for a E-620 & kit lenses & a couple of primes & am loving the results. I made this agonising decision as I developed a back complaint, so needed a lighter kit & after all those sleepless nights wondering if I was doing the right thing I am pleased to say I have no regrets whatsoever! :)

Kiwi Paul
18th June 2010, 07:32 PM
I went the other way to James,I started with an E520 then bought an E3, used them both for a while then got rid of the E520 and kept the E3, I prefer the ergonomics of the E3 and the large bright viewfinder and found it far more versatile.
Maybe I'm just used to the kit but I never found the E3 50-200 combo that heavy or bulky, I no longer have the 50-200 but now have the the 35-100 which is heavier and bulkier and that can be a pain to carry at times although it's such a lovely lens and a delight to use I put up with it.

Remember the 50-200 is f2.8-3.5 while the 70-300 is f5.6 at the long end and that's a fair bit slower so you will need to use a higher ISO for the same shutter speed, I would imagine the 50-200 focusses faster than the 70-300 too.

Take the E600 and 50-200 combo out and determine if you are happy using the E600 body after being used to the E3, to simulate the 70-300 use a minimum f5.6 aperture and see how you get on.

Paul

michaelavis
18th June 2010, 08:37 PM
I recently got rid of my E-3 & heavy lenses for a E-620 & kit lenses & a couple of primes & am loving the results. I made this agonising decision as I developed a back complaint, so needed a lighter kit & after all those sleepless nights wondering if I was doing the right thing I am pleased to say I have no regrets whatsoever! :)

For relatively static, I would do the same as you have done, it's the fast moving objects like 15 year old boys charging round a rugby pitch, 12 year kids on a trampoline and a 1 year old spaniel chasing butterflies, Im thinking the E600.70-300 focusing may not be be able to keep up with it. Ive been using the 18-180 and focusing seems to take a while whereas the 50-200 is quite near to instant. I would think the 70-300 is snapier than the 18-180 tho.

michaelavis
18th June 2010, 08:39 PM
Take the E600 and 50-200 combo out and determine if you are happy using the E600 body after being used to the E3, to simulate the 70-300 use a minimum f5.6 aperture and see how you get on.

Paul

That's a great idea, thanks.