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EC-14 or EC-20 for 50-200Swd?!?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by bbarnett51, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. bbarnett51

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    I'll be using this setup for all Wildlife. I'm new to adapted lenses and have read some things on Google but they were 5yrs old. Lots as changed since then with regard to performance.
    I understand the loss of stops but what about image quality, focus speed, etc... Any recommendations?
  2. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    I used the 50-200 with and without the EC-14 for over a year as my only wildlife lens and I cannot speak highly enough about that combo. It is an amazing lens and IMHO one of the best deals in regards to IQ and reach of any system out there. Only reason it does not see much use anymore is because I acquired the ZD 150mm ƒ2.0 and using it without a TC or with the EC-14/20 (I got the EC-20 when I got the 150) has become my preferred lens. I feel that with the EC-20 the 50-200 is just to slow and requires to high of an ISO in early morning or late evening. To freeze the head of a bird that is striking for a fish requires 1/1000 at a minimum (1/800 with some motion blur) and in early/late light this will push the ISO higher then I like. Personally I prefer ISO 800 or lower but for wildlife I will go to 1600 if needed, above that you lose to much fine detail in the feathers/hair to make it worthwhile to me. Here is a thread I started where I did some comparison shots of the 50-200 and 150 with all combos of TC's: Focus Accuracy and Comparison of ZD 150mm ƒ2 and 50-200 SWD I just read that thread again and reminded me that you also do a micro focus adjust on the lens to ensure focus accuracy. I used a system called Focus Tune and found it work very well and it did improve the photos coming from the lens (in that thread I had not performed it on the 50-200 but I have done this since that thread).

    Here are a few threads I started about the 50-200. Oh, I recommend the SWD over the non-SWD for the access to instant manual focus which is wonderful when you miss focus as the lens does not have a focus limiter.

    Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 SWD First Impressions

    AirShow = E-M1 + ZD 50-200 SWD + 1.4x TC

    DockDogs Competition w/ EM-1 and ZD 50-200 SWD (FYI - Photo Heavy Post)

    And the showcased thread for the 50-200: Showcase - Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 ZD 4/3 SWD
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