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Teleconverters (EC14),E5, 70-300m and bird photography

Hi all
I was wondering if anybody could share any experiences with the following set of kit

E-5
70-300mm
EC 1.4 teleconverter

while trying to take pics of stationary and flying birds.

I went to the Langstone Reserve on Saturday (it's in Hampshire) and almost all the birds were just out of reach of my lens. Very frustrating indeed

I've read the technical stuff regarding the teleconverter (so no need to repeat them to me) but what is IQ/sharpness like when shooting at the 300mm end of this lens with the teleconverter on? Will I need to use a monopod when I use the teleconverter, i.e. will it help in any way?

It's quite an expensive thing to buy. I don't shoot birds too often so just wondering if it's worth all that money!!

Also, am I right in thinking that there is NO teleconverter for m4/3 cameras?

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Re: Teleconverters (EC14),E5, 70-300m and bird photography

I wouldn't recommend the E-C14 with the 70-300 because it will make the lens too dark, at 300mm the effective aperture would mean some softness from diffraction would be evident and the overall optical compromise would mean less than ideal image sharpness overall.

There is no converter for Micro Four Thirds yet - mainly because we haven't had any fast long lenses yet. But this will hopefully change with time. Of course you can use Micro Four Thirds cameras with Four Thirds converters and fast teles.

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Re: Teleconverters (EC14),E5, 70-300m and bird photography

Certainly at 300mm the IQ is a bit poor with the 1.4x converter. Battery grip will help focus speed a little.
While it costs more the 1.4x with the 50-200 will give you better IQ ... after that you just have to get closer...
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Re: Teleconverters (EC14),E5, 70-300m and bird photography

I've only used the EC14 with the 50-200. However for stationary birds I've had brilliant results with the 70-300 I think the secret is to keep the shutter around the 1/2000sec I find a shoulder brace gives excellent results or alternatively use a good quality monopod. Here are a couple taken with the 70-300 for the price it really punches above it's weight.







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Re: Teleconverters (EC14),E5, 70-300m and bird photography

I agree with the previous posts, the 70-300 can produce excellent results but it needs good light and some practice.

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I went to the Langstone Reserve on Saturday (it's in Hampshire) and almost all the birds were just out of reach of my lens. Very frustrating indeed

DK
The cry of the bird photographer "I need a longer lens".

Unfortunately wild birds are generally wary of man so you need to learn some fieldcraft, understand a little of bird behavior and evaluate locations (and times) that will enable you to get as close as possible to them to be really successful. I'm working on it but I haven't got there yet.

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Re: Teleconverters (EC14),E5, 70-300m and bird photography

thanks to all for their replies, it looks as if the teleconverter is not a good purchase for me, as I only do bird photography very occasionally.
As I will most likely be going FF next year, I think I'll just stick with what I've got , ie no 50-200 for me
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Re: Teleconverters (EC14),E5, 70-300m and bird photography

One of the nice things about 4/3 is not having to carry a 600mm anymore.
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