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    I recently ordered and got delivered an MC-20 and decided to put it to a field test today. The light was good with slight overcast skies however it was quite windy. After an hour or two trecking, I located a small flock with Bearded reedlings in a feeding mood and deployed my portable hide on the bank of the reed bed and seized the opportunity. It lasted 10-15 minutes and then the flock had left.

    It was a pure pleasure using the 300 F/4 + MC 20 + EM-1 M2 handheld. C-AF came in handy as the reed was swaying in the wind forcing me to track the perched birds. The image quality is excellent, I was not expecting that good results wide open.

    Before leaving I also took some photos with the 300 F/2.8 + EC20. Kindly note it was coupled with the EM-1 M1 as I don't want to mess around switching bodies and lenses while the action was taking place. CAF won't perform that well on 3/3 lenses so used SAF and the yield was lower as expected. When pixel-peeping the RAWs I assess the absolute resolution and finest detail rendering being a tad better than on the 300 F/4 and the background is as expected more pleasant since there is 1 F-stop advantage.

    Sharing some samples that I am quite pleased with.

    Thanks for looking,
    Tord

    E-M1 M2 + 300 F/4 + MC-20 @F8, 1/500s, ISO 640





    E-M1 M1 + 300 F/2.8 + EC-20 @F/5.7, 1/1000s, ISO 800




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  • #2
    Re: Field test of MC-20 + 300 F/4

    They look good!

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    • #3
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      Yes, they all look really good to me Tord. I wish you wouldn't keep posting all these excellent shots of 'Beardies' as I am getting rather envious.

      Ron

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      • #4
        Re: Field test of MC-20 + 300 F/4

        Fantastic shots of the Beardlings! Thanks for sharing these and your findings. Also impressed that you carried the heavy 300f2.8 on an outing "for an hour or two trecking". I still have a 90-250mm f2.8 4/3 lens and I rarely carry it around these days due to the weight as I now have to 300F4 m3/4 lens. I do miss the f2.8 aperture though!
        https://www.flickr.com/photos/macg33zr/

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        • #5
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          Beautiful shots and what a cracking comparison Tord well done. A great reference for anyone wondering about the quality of the Olympus x2 converters. I think Olympus should definitely give you ambassador status. Maybe we should start a campaign on the forum
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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          • #6
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            Yes a superb set of photos, I must admit to hesitating to go for the extra reach with the MC-20, and am sticking with the 1.4 for the moment. But I usually do my birding on the hoof, which means walking, and aiming quickly. I should take you hint about sitting still for this type of photography...
            Mark Johnson

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            • #7
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              Beautiful shots of beautiful little birds. Well done
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              • #8
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                Tordan,

                Really glad you've done a side by side comparison of the two lenses and converters.

                I hired Ians 4/3 300 f2.8 and EC converters, knowing the m4/3 300 f? was in development, using this combination convinced me to swap from the Panasonic G3 I had to the E-M1, with the expectation that the synchronised image stabilisation was going to be worth it. I've not been disappointed by the move!

                One unexpected side effect of using the MC-20 is that on a dull day like today where the MC is too limiting, the bare lens is so much easier to use than I used to find it.

                I keep looking at your photos and they inspire me to try harder! I don't think I've managed to get anywhere near your photos yet, but I keep trying!
                I didn’t get where I am today....

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                  Mark Johnson

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                  • #10
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                    The MC-20 is now on my Christmas wish list.
                    Iain

                    E-M1, E-M1 II, E-M5 II, 7.5, 8-18, 12-40, 25, 40-150, 45, 60, 300

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                    • #11
                      Re: Field test of MC-20 + 300 F/4

                      very interesting indeed , I have the em1.m2 and a 50-200swd plus ec-14 and have been pondering the ec.20 ,you might have swayed my decision

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                      • #12
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                        Please bear in mind I used the 300/F2.8. 50-200 SWD + EC20 has its limitations. It will be a challenge to get results as sharp as the ones that I shared. There is a thread on the forum about this combo: https://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthr...t=13640&page=6 Just to raise to your attention before you spend money on a 2.0 TC and get disappointed.

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                        • #13
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                          Thanks looking at the prices last night I’ll probably give it a miss , pension funds are maxed out for now anyway .LOL

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