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Old 20th December 2011
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50-200 or 70=300 advice, which is best !

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I have an E 1 and would like a lense for distance, mainly for wildlife, I have been gradually aquiring lenses for close up work following recommendations on this forum namely the 50mm macro, and the 14-42 and 14-54 for general use, the 14-54 is what I have been using for distance shots say a swan on a lake but find this does not get close enough, I wondered which is the better lens for the E 1 and will give the best results. ( I realise the 50-200 is more expensive)
I am not into changing the camera although I do have an E 510, but the E 1 is my walk around camera as it seems very robust and I would not be frightened of dropping it.
Any advice on the lens apreciated,
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Re: 50-200 or 70=300 advice, which is best !

50-200 is weather sealed like the E-1 and gives (me) much better image quality than the 70-300. However I have seen some great images on here taken with the 70-300, maybe it is my copy or just me?
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Re: 50-200 or 70=300 advice, which is best !

I think the 70-300 lens is excellent for the money and 300mm is a good length for wildlife photography. I have seen some very impressive results from it. However, I think the 50-200 is a much better lens - sharper and faster focusing. Unfortunately, 200mm is not really enough for bird photography and it is also rather expensive. I think the answer is to use the EC-14 teleconvertor with the 50-200, which is a great combination. Unfortunately, the EC-14 costs upwards of 350 now, which is a lot of money, especially on top of the 50-200, which is itself a very pricey lens.

On balance, unless you can easily afford that combination, I think the 70-300 is the better bet, although it will need a bit of care in use and some good light to get the best from it.

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Re: 50-200 or 70=300 advice, which is best !

Definitely the Zuiko 50-200mm.

I used to have a Zuiko 70-300 and it was a very nice lens for the money but:
a) Pretty bulky too carry around
b) Excellent up to 150mm, very good up to 200mm and mediocre at 300mm.
c) Very slow to focus
d) You really have to stop-down to achieve very good sharpness.


On the other hand, Zuiko 50-200:
a) Even bulkier to carry around, but:
b) Excellent across the range
c) Much more usable aperture
d) Considerably faster than 70-300, even the non-SWD version
e) PRO Zuiko; need I say more?

I also came to the conclusion that it is better to crop the images of 50-200 @200mm than shoot @300mm with the Zuiko 70-300.

I do agree with most people who say that 70-300 is a good buy with excellent value/cost ratio.

But a second-hand Zuiko 50-200 (non-SWD version) can be found at a reasonable price nowadays and is a weatherproofed lens with PRO quality glass.
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Re: 50-200 or 70=300 advice, which is best !

The 50-200 is not an HG Digital Zuiko for nothing, you know!
Get it!
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Re: 50-200 or 70=300 advice, which is best !

Get the best you can afford, go for the 50-200mm if you can. The image quality is superb and you can always add an EC-14 or EC-20 at a later date.

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Re: 50-200 or 70=300 advice, which is best !

Thanks.
Although on a budget, I will be getting a lens for my retirement in a few weeks, and it seems by the replies that the 50-200 is the better, I must admit I am pleased with the two 'pro' lenses that I have, perhaps I could stretch to the EC-14 as well gulp !, is the EC-14 better with the E 1 50-200 combination or the EC-20 ?

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Re: 50-200 or 70=300 advice, which is best !

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..., perhaps I could stretch to the EC-14 as well gulp !, is the EC-14 better with the E 1 50-200 combination or the EC-20 ?

AlecN
I own an E-30, an 50-200 SWD and an EC-20.
The E-30 produces good IQ at up to 800 ISO but I am not happy using ISO 1600 .
Eventhough the EC-20 is a great piece of equipment I somehow feel that the E-30/50-200/EC-14 would be a better combination due to the loss of 2 F-stops using the EC20 compared to loss of one F-stop using the EC-14.
As a result I only use the EC-20 in very good lught.

On the other hand the E-5 has superior High ISO IQ compared to the E-30, and I suspect that the EC20 would be a very good addition to an E-5/50-200 combo.

I can't afford an E-5 at the moment and I wouldn't hesitate if someone offered my an EC-14 in exchange for my EC-20.
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