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    50-200mm + EC1.4 vs 70-300mm

    I may have an opportunity to purchase the Zuiko 50-200mm F2.8 (the older non-SWD version) with an EC1.4 convertor. I have the 70-300mm which I love. However, I have been impressed with shots posted here taken with the 50-200mm/ EC1.4 combination. The other reason for looking at this option is that I find the 70-300mm quite slow to focus.

    Just looking for advice, experience or thoughts.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Graydon
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    Re: 50-200mm + EC1.4 vs 70-300mm

    Hi

    If it's a good price go for it,you wont regret it.

    It will give you a focal length of 283 mm at F4.9.Weather sealing and great image quality.
    All the best

    Being left handed my brain sometimes works sdrawkcab

    Andy

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      Re: 50-200mm + EC1.4 vs 70-300mm

      The 70-300m lens' widest aperture is f/4.0 - f/5.6 whilst the 50-200mm with EC-14 is f/4.5 - f/4.9. The 50-200mm on its own is f/2.8 - f/3.5 but (when used with and without the EC-14) covers focal lengths of between 50-280mm.

      So, the 7-300mm scores only by having the longest focal length.

      However, the 50-200mm is in the Pro range whilst the 70-300mm is Standard so the quality will be better with the former.

      I would recommend the 50-200mm + EC-14 as long as you don't need the full 300mm. Of course you could also go for the EC-20 to get 400mm at the expense of the min aperture.

      Steve
      Old divers never die, they just go down on old wrecks
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        Re: 50-200mm + EC1.4 vs 70-300mm

        I will add my voice to those endorsing the old 50-200, ec1.4 combination. They work well together and give a great image quality.

        Will it focus faster than the 70-300 - don't know, not sure anyone who posts regularly has them for comparison. But it is no slouch for focussing.

        Nick
        Nick Temple-Fry

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        • #5
          Re: 50-200mm + EC1.4 vs 70-300mm

          Graydon

          I recently replaced my 70-300 with a 50-200 (already had EC14). I haven't had many opportunities to use the 50-200 yet.

          One big difference is the size and weigh of the 50-200 EC14 combo. The 70-300 is considerable lighter.

          I do have the SWD version of the 50-200 but on a E510. The focus is fast and accurate, I never heard any complaints with the original model either.

          You also have the flexibility to use the 50-200 without the EC-14 which is an excellent lens when you don't need the extra length.

          Also if you can hold on to your 70-300, you can use the EC14 in good light on it. Giving you a maximum of 420mm although at f8, very useful for occasional birding.

          I found with my 14-54 / 70-300 that I missed the 54-70 range, the 14-54 didn't go tele enough and the 70-300 isn't really wide enough and I have to keep swapping lenses.

          Basically, if you can afford it get the 50-200, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

          If you don't get on with it after say 6 months, you can always sell it on, as used prices remain reasonably stable (I won't be selling mine).

          Simon

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          • #6
            Re: 50-200mm + EC1.4 vs 70-300mm

            Go for it. It's a combination made in heaven. The only downside, as Simon says, is the weight penalty, but it's not cumbersome, just heavy. (if that makes sense!)
            Stephen

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            • #7
              Re: 50-200mm + EC1.4 vs 70-300mm

              I should just check the extension barrel of the 50-200. I bought mine from ebay unseen and while the lens was immaculate the barrel when fully extended (and it goes a long way out) wobbled around in a worrying way. I'm told that this is not unusual.

              I sent it to Olympus and they replaced all the seals, checked the lens over and gave me a 6 month warranty as a guarantee repair which was nice of them.

              Other than that I have found it a superb lens.

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