Birds and other Wildlife with the E-M5, 50-200 SWD, MMF-3 and EC-14

Discussion in 'Nature' started by herpphotos, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. herpphotos

    herpphotos Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 21, 2014
    So I recently purchased a 50-200 2.8-3.5 SWD Four-thirds lens and MMF-3 FT to MFT converter and EC-14 teleconverter from a forum member and have had a couple of opportunities to try it out on some birds and reptiles recently.
    I am pretty impressed with the images taken on a tripod but it gets pretty unwieldy handheld if extended in full telephoto.

    It seems to me that the whole equivalent focal length thing is blown out of proportion when I compare M4/3 sensor to focal length vs. APS-C sensor to focal length. The notion that 300mm on MFT is really 600mm or 300mm is really 450 on APS-C just doesn't seem correct in practice from a magnification standpoint but I am new to such extreme focal lengths so maybe the difference between 200 APSC and 300 MFT is really not that big. I'll probably invest in the EC-20 teleconverter next.

    Anyhoo here are some pics let me know what you think.

    Downy Woodpecker taken in my blossoming plum tree:
    I wish I'd used some flash here. I took some pictures in the same timeframe with my Fuji X-T1 and 55-200 lens and I like them better unfortunately. This shot had more potential from a composition standpoint but its not as good as I had hoped.
    16683902649_3c8fc7d091_b. Downy woodpecker by

    Valley Garter snake head shot tele-macro:
    16247660794_764cf39da6_b. Valley Gartersnake by
    16682639050_7ba23de7d2_b. Valley Gartersnake by

    16829124311_853dee642c_b. Lone Goose_03-15-2015_181223 by

    16683899279_6d0e540867_b. Robin by

    Lesser Goldfinch:
    16829123111_3f7a13d240_b. Lesser Goldfinch_03-15-2015_165659 by

    16804331146_2ce2bba4e9_b. Olympus 50-200 tests_03-15-2015_183831 by
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  2. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Love the heron shot! I've been very impressed with photos I've seen from this lens.
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  3. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Trust me, the equivalent focal lengths are all the same. A 300mm on ยต4/3 is equivalent to 600mm in full frame and if you had a full frame camera and a 600mm lens you would see that they are identical in framing.

    I love my 50-200 SWD and find that using it on the EM1 is a pleasure. Check out some of my recent photos to see what this lens is capable of DockDogs Airshow towards bottom are some recent examples of mine
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  4. herpphotos

    herpphotos Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 21, 2014
    Thanks for pointing out those other threads Phocal and for your thoughts on framing equivalence. I just expected 600mm +- to get me much closer than it does.
    You have done some great work with that lens and your E-m1.
    I still have a lot to learn about my e-m5 and this lens specifically how to switch to manual focus on the fly.
    From what I have read the E-m1 is a much better body to use with this lens due to it having the ability to focus it much better.
    The E-m5 does hunt a lot and I have missed a lot of shots of birds in trees so far because of that. However I'm sure part of that is just learning to use it effectively.
    Perhaps someday I'll upgrade to an E-m1. I need to research more about peoples experiences with this lens and the 2x teleconverter.
  5. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I know what you mean, I get 800mm effective with my Canon FD 400mm and feel it should get me closer then it does. The SWD just needs you to rotate the focus ring and you will get manual focus. If you 1/2 press the shutter button you will get IS (if you have it to turn on with 1/2 press) and be able to manually focus. You can also set a button to switch to manual focus, which is what I have done. Never did like the back button focus technique (still prefer having focus and exposure on the same button) but found assigning a button to manual focus I kind of get the best of both worlds. I know most like the back button focus but this works for me.

  6. herpphotos

    herpphotos Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 21, 2014
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  7. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    You are welcome...........that last photo is beautiful. Love the frog shot, those things are a pain to photograph (never let you get close enough).
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