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Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Hi all

can someone please point me to some images, preferably of birds and other wildlife taken with the following combinations:

E620 or similar and:

70-300 or 50-200 (with and without a TC) or sigma 135-400 or bigma.

I'm pretty sure the 70-300 is what I'll go with for my general long lens for the weight, but I'm still trying to decide whether the extra weight of the 50-200 is worth the hassle taking it on safari in october.

some great pics might help me decide!

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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Hi

I use an E3 with a 70-300mm a superb combination, here is a link for some photos taken with it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/photofxstudios/

I have also just acquired the 50-200mm and EC14 and will post some photos by the weekend of wildfowl etc.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Great! Thanks Tom will take a look.
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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Hi Jo

I'm currently working away from home but I have a few shots in my gallery from both a 70-300 and a mkI 50-200, my personal preferance is the 50-200 with and without the 1.4 tele

one with the 70-300


and one from the 50-200


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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

50-200SWD and EC-14 handheld;

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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

The 50-200mm is lovely, although I found it a bit too big for my E420, I would imagine it would feel more balanced on a larger body.

My upgrade path is going to be 12-60mm, 50-200mm and a bigger body, perhaps an E30?
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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Both with the 70-300mm



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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Here is another use for the 70-300 http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showph...t//ppuser/1396


I wish you well on your trip. Are you using a sling strap? I have just bought a vertual copy of the Black Rapid sling strap (RS-4) called Quick Strap (directly from Link Delight) from Hong Kong with an attachment plate which possibly works better than a direct connection to the tripod mount point. There are also other brands too. It is a much more comfortable way of carrying your camera than a neck strap when it's not in your bag.
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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Thanks, I'm not sure what a sling strap is, but I'll be going to the bird fair at the weekend and I'm sure there will be some camera companies there so I will ask.

The wagtail and robin are very nice, to be honest I can't see much difference between them. I'd be happy with that owl shot and the lanner falcon and kestrel shots.

Has anyone got any low light safari shots with either combo that I could take a look at please?

Thanks,

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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

I take photos of a rather specialised form of wildlife - it rolls around in mud and wears rugby kit. I've been using the 50-200 for some time for this, first with an E-1 and now with an E-3. I use it with the 1.4 converter if the light permits.

It produces good sharp images. It is quite a handful, but I find it quite manageable on a shoulder pod (Kaiser make one intended for video cameras, it does the job nicely). I usually shoot wide open or close to, to get fast shutter speed and shallow depth of field, and I find it vignettes quite significantly at these apertures. This isn't much of a problem as it doesn't show up much in typical sports action, and is easy to correct in post-processing if need be.

I haven't used the 70-300 so can't compare, sorry. But I suspect it would be rather slow for the dark winter months. The 50-200/1.4 converter combo has the great advantage that when the light drops you can gain a stop by taking the converter off.

I thought I had some samples in the gallery but can't find them.

Hope this helps ... John
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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

PS Link for the Kaier shoulder pod: http://www.kaiser-fototechnik.de/en/...e.asp?nr=96008 . It has the extra pin on for video cameras, but it just unscrews for use with still bodies.

It's a useful piece of kit, cost about 40 quid if memory serves. I got mine from Fotospeed who import them - they are always very helpful.

Ciao ... John
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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

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Thanks, I'm not sure what a sling strap is, but I'll be going to the bird fair at the weekend and I'm sure there will be some camera companies there so I will ask.

The wagtail and robin are very nice, to be honest I can't see much difference between them. I'd be happy with that owl shot and the lanner falcon and kestrel shots.

Has anyone got any low light safari shots with either combo that I could take a look at please?

Thanks,

Jo
This is where I bought my Quick Strap (camera sling strap)
http://www.linkdelight.com/vmchk/Pho...ypage.tpl.html

& this a good site to illustrate it http://capa.en.alibaba.com/product/3...ICK_STRAP.html with first photos showing the catch that you would most likely recieve (as I did) & not the one shown in Link Delight).

& this is the Black Rapid at 3 times the price, but you might prefer this (or another brand e.g. Sun Sniper) http://www.blackrapid.com/product/camera-strap/rs-4/ with a video inclusion.

I just thought you might find it a very comfortable way to walk around with your camera at the ready.

Cheers
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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Hi Jo,

We went to Zambia a couple of years ago, at the time I had an E-510 and used the 70-300 as well as the 40-150 and 14-42 kit lenses.

Have a look at my gallery http://alistairj.smugmug.com/Animals...69233271_HMb52

Turn on the 'info' panel if you want to see the camera settings. I found the 70-300 worked quite well at f/5.6. If I made any mistakes it was trying to keep the ISO low when really I needed a faster shutter speed. You can shoot at night even using max ISO if you need it.
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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

[QUOTE=Ross the fiddler;82184]This is where I bought my Quick Strap (camera sling strap)
http://www.linkdelight.com/vmchk/Pho...ypage.tpl.html


I have just got one of these and I find it brill you hardly know you have the camera there
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Re: Comparison pics please 50-200 vs 70-300

Here's a few taken with the 70-300mm, and I think one of the Puffin shots was with the 70-300mm +EC1.4

Robin:


Puffin:


Osprey:
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