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Converters, adapters and extension tubes All those lens accessories that get in between the lens and the camera.

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How Big is the MC-14?

Could anybody please tell me how much the MC-14 adds to the overall length of a camera and lens? I believe the dimensions of the converter are 59.9mm x 14.7mm but I don't know if 14.7mm includes the 'hump' which fits into the lens. I would like to know the thickness of the converter at its outer edge.

The reason I am asking is that I carry my E-M1 II and 300mm f4 in a holster case and am not sure if it would still fit with an MC-14 attached. Hoping somebody can help.

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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

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The 14.7mm dimension is from mounting - face to mounting face (i.e. the overall length increase when mounted on lens & camera). This dimension excludes the internal hump which protrudes approx 6mm into the lens.
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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

Thanks Chris, that is exactly what I wanted to know. I think that extra length could probably be accommodated by my camera case.

While on the subject of the MC-14, I see that there were several problems reported by users, such as screws loosening or falling out and the sealing rubber becoming dislodged. Are people still having these problems or have Olympus now improved the quality control for this item?

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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

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While on the subject of the MC-14, I see that there were several problems reported by users, such as screws loosening or falling out and the sealing rubber becoming dislodged. Are people still having these problems or have Olympus now improved the quality control for this item?

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I think these were isolated cases Ron.

I've had my MC-14 since the 40-150mm Pro was introduced and my wife has had hers for around two years, both have been used a lot and neither has had a problem.

I check the screws regularly and have yet to find one loose.

I hope this helps.

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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

Ron, I've had the screws work loose a couple of times, the first symptom is a small amount of movement of the whole thing on the camera, easily spotted and corrected! (certainly not worth stressing about).

I think my bad habit of holding the camera with the whole weight hanging off the most exacerbates the issue - more careful people would probably have less of an issue.
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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

I have the MC-14 attached to my 300mm most of time. Not had a single issue in the last year.
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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

Thanks for your feedback on the MC-14. That is very reassuring. I found a video by Daniel J. Cox where he complained that he had had two MC-14s fail in three months, one while on safari. He really laid into Olympus, more or less saying that they were not capable of producing professional quality products - unlike Panasonic. It sounded rather strange to me. I would rather hear feedback from 'normal' users.

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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

No issues with mine Ron, I've also had mine since I purchased my 40-150 in late 2014.
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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

Ron,
No problems with mine, which Iíve had since they first shipped in 2014.
It looks like a solidly made piece of kit.
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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

Mine has been fine for over 2 years, got it with the 40-150 it's a solid bit of kit kept in a Lowepro AW70 TOPLOADER.

It will fit snugly in a Lowepro AW 75 TOPLOADER ii on the 300 f4 and the em1 mkii with grip I was so impressed with it that I bought a (Gray import) second one to pair with the 300.
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Mine has been fine for over 2 years, got it with the 40-150 it's a solid bit of kit kept in a Lowepro AW70 TOPLOADER.

It will fit snugly in a Lowepro AW 75 TOPLOADER ii on the 300 f4 and the em1 mkii with grip I was so impressed with it that I bought a (Gray import) second one to pair with the 300.
Hi Cliff. Does this case support the camera body so that the front element of the lens is not touching the bottom of the case? I assume the lens hood has to be retracted for it to fit. Also, without the grip attached, is it a reasonably good fit for the body.

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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

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Hi Cliff. Does this case support the camera body so that the front element of the lens is not touching the bottom of the case? I assume the lens hood has to be retracted for it to fit. Also, without the grip attached, is it a reasonably good fit for the body.

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I have the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW II (bought on a whim) & with 40-150 + MC14 & HLD-9 grip with hood extended it fits in, so the 300 F4 plus MC14 should just fit with hood retracted, but would be getting a little tighter with lens filter & lens cap with it just fitting. To take the load off the front of the 40-150 lens the dividers can be placed to support the camera under the grip (either one), but the 300 F4 with MC14 & camera will be sitting on the bottom & filling the case to the top. I never use my bag because I want at least another lens & there's no room for that, so I use a cheap canvas messenger type bag instead (although it isn't ideal for fit). I could use two bags with two bodies, but I'm afraid I would start to look like a dork though. Anyhow, I have the bag, all I need now is the 300 F4 lens. In my dreams, my wife says.

I see the weight of the 300 F4 lens at 1,475 g (tripod foot included) would benefit from having its own bag such as a top loader. Also, I would put a divider piece on the bottom for some padding as it doesn't seem to have much of anything except a fairly hard piece of padding for the base.
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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

Thanks Ross, that is very interesting. I like to carry the camera in the holster with the the lens cap removed and the hood extended ready for quick use. Unfortunately I don't think the Lowepro case is deep enough for that. As far as I know, the only case which is sufficiently deep is the Think Tank Digital Holster 30, which I have.

The issues with it are that, when it is fully extended, the bottom section isn't stiff and padded and wouldn't offer any protection if the camera was dropped. Also it is designed for a DSLR body, so the top section is rather a loose fit for the E-M1 II. This allows the camera to sink down in case, which is not ideal. I have added some foam padding inside to support the camera body but it is a makeshift solution. I will have to work on that as there doesn't seem to be any altenative.

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Thanks Ross, that is very interesting. I like to carry the camera in the holster with the the lens cap removed and the hood extended ready for quick use. Unfortunately I don't think the Lowepro case is deep enough for that. As far as I know, the only case which is sufficiently deep is the Think Tank Digital Holster 30, which I have.

The issues with it are that, when it is fully extended, the bottom section isn't stiff and padded and wouldn't offer any protection if the camera was dropped. Also it is designed for a DSLR body, so the top section is rather a loose fit for the E-M1 II. This allows the camera to sink down in case, which is not ideal. I have added some foam padding inside to support the camera body but it is a makeshift solution. I will have to work on that as there doesn't seem to be any altenative.

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The Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW II can only be used like that with the 40-150 Pro & MC14 & would not fit the 300 F4 lens with hood extended.

As I have the bag set up with dividers, having the plain one flat on the bottom for padding & the other with a fold also supporting the MC14 bag.



This is with the 40-150 Pro & MC14 & hood retracted.



With the 40-150 Pro & MC14 & hood extended.



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Re: How Big is the MC-14?

I've had mine since it was introduced and it's been fine. The only thing I have noticed is that it gave a bit of front focus with the 300/4 and needed a +5 AF adjustment.
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