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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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EC-14 advice

This is my first post so bear with me. My current set up is a E-500 with 14-45 , 40-150 , & 70-300 lenses,

I don't know anything about teleconverters so before purchasing one I have a question, as I will mainly want to use it for motorsport will it do a reasonable job coupled to the 70-300 lens? as really buying a 500mm+ lens is out of my league to be honest,

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Re: EC-14 advice

You will loose one 1 stop of light, and gain 1.4 magnification.

This would make the 70-300 a 98-420mm F5.6-8 which is a little slow for motor sport, unless there is a lot of light, as you will probably have to step down the 70-300 to get sharper images.

One of the best lenses is the 50-200mm, which can be used with a tele-convertor....but its not cheap.

I did some gp2 test day shoots last year, and the 50-500mm bigma was OK, but getting the settings (shutter and Fstop) correct were a pain.

The 70-300 will give you good images, so I suggest trying that first before spending more cash.
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Re: EC-14 advice

agree 100%

whilst the ec14 will work pretty well with the 70-300 for static subjects in good light, and preferably with an IS camera body (!) the combination isn't well suited to the majority of motorsport and you are better off using the lens alone and (somehow) getting closer to the action!
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Re: EC-14 advice

From experience, I have a 70-300 and EC-14, you won't get the shutter speed necessary for motorsport when they are coupled together, unless it is extreme bright conditions. Your best option would be to crop images from the 70-300 without a EC-14.

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Re: EC-14 advice

I would use the 70-300 and crop the image rather than risking the loss of working light. Unless the crops are massive you should still get decent IQ.
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Re: EC-14 advice

Hi Martin

As most have said, using the EC14 with the 70-300 is fine, but for fast moving images such as in motorsports, you are probably best to simply use the 70-300mm on its own.

Having said that, if the light is good enough for you to see that you're getting fast shutter speeds, then it might be OK to try it out. I take bird shots mainly with the EC14 on my 70-300mm, and especially in low light conditions, the IS works very well - as long as the birds stay still(ish).

Don't forget though that you're also using a x2 crop factor camera so essentially you're photographically closer to the subject, and effectively using a 600mm lens.
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Re: EC-14 advice

One way to determine if you can cope with the 1 stop loss you get with the convertor is to set your lens to the max aperture you will get when using the convertor (so say f8) and use it like that and see how you like it. If you find the shutter speeds are too slow then at least you have found out before splashing out the cash.

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Re: EC-14 advice

70-300mm can be used for motorsport but again I wouldn't recommended it in combination with EC-14. I now have a EC-14 and 50-200mm and this combination is good for motorsport. Although I recentley had a mad moment and bought a 90-250mm F2.8 very understanding girlfriend!
These shots was taken with 70-300mm Wales Rally GB 07, December in Wales is not known for bright weather the 70-300 coped well on it's own. The other thing with 70-300 is due to it's slower focus multiply shots are not normally possible.




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Re: EC-14 advice

Thanks guys for the advice , it's much appreciated, so really it's a useful bit of kit to use unless your shooting fast movement, but for shooting at speed there's no real alternative than having something like a 50-500mm lens to get right in there as it were?.
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Re: EC-14 advice

As to alternative solutions. The 50-200 with the EC-14 is a good combination, but doesn't give you anymore reach. I have heard from some people that the 50-200 with the EC-20 can get reasonable images (gives you 100-400mm f5.6-7).

The only other althernative to the sigma 50-500 if you have deep pockets is either the 90-250 f2.8 or 300 f.28 with either the EC-14 or EC-20. These are both outstanding lenses, tried both for the day. But trying to justify spending £4,000+ on a lens is difficult as an amateur.

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Re: EC-14 advice

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But trying to justify spending £4,000+ on a lens is difficult as an amateur.

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I aint gonna be able to afford that LOL
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Re: EC-14 advice

Ok, so I understand that this combo (EC14 + 70-300) isn't very good at motorsports, but... how do you guys think it would do in watersports - surf and bodyboard? The same as in motorsports... a bit better? Worst?
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Re: EC-14 advice

Have to agree with the comments above to slow a lens with EC1.4 for motor sport would give Pauls suggestion a try before any purchase.
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Re: EC-14 advice

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Ok, so I understand that this combo (EC14 + 70-300) isn't very good at motorsports, but... how do you guys think it would do in watersports - surf and bodyboard? The same as in motorsports... a bit better? Worst?
It is all fast action, therefore it would about the same I guess.
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Re: EC-14 advice

I agree. The EC14 + 70-300 combo is not that great for moving subjects.
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