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Micro Four Thirds 1.4X + 2X

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by microfourthirdsnut, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. microfourthirdsnut

    microfourthirdsnut Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    I just want to see how many of us Micro four thirds users would buy a 1.4x or 2x

    Lets see I want both.
    So make your voice heard post + or -

    Hope Olympus and Panasonic keep their eye on the forum.
  2. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    I'd buy both if they were reasonably priced.
  3. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
  4. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I would definitely be interested, mainly in a 2x but possibly in both options.
  5. AndyT

    AndyT Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2012
    Cape Town, South Africa
    I would certainly be interested in both.
  6. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    The problem is you need fast lenses for them to work with. A 1.4x would be alright with the 35-100mm (making it approximately 49-140mm F4), but it still wouldn't make the reach of the 100-300mm, and dropping to F4 makes it no better than the 100-300mm at the long end anyway (since it is at the short end of the 100-300mm). Both of the available telephoto lenses (panny 100-300mm and oly 70-300mm) are too slow to use teleconverters for any of the practical applications (birds, sports).

    Introduce a 200mm f2.8 and then TCs start to become relevant (280mm f4 with 1.4x and 400mm f5.6 with a 2x).
  7. dfreezy

    dfreezy Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Completely agree with Paul. We need some fast telephoto primes.
  8. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    A 1.4X would be valuable, especially for the 75/1.8 or 35-100/2.8.

    I've yet to meet a 2.0X that produced good results (even on the best lenses, the Olympus EC-20 was barely passable), so I wouldn't be interested in that model.
  9. FernandoBatista

    FernandoBatista Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    I would buy both in a heartbeat, if there was a 300 F4 available to use with them :) 
  10. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I would buy a teleconverter for sure. My preference would be a 1.4x.

    I still use my 1.4x Zuiko Digital teleconverter from the Four-Thirds system. Wonderful piece of glass!
  11. Vincen77o

    Vincen77o Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 3, 2012
    St. Albans, Herts
    I'm awaiting delivery of a 2x TC for my Canon FD(s).
    Also buying a Matched x2 for a Vivitar zoom.
    I had a 1.4 Sigma TC to boost a 120-300 on my Canon 5D setup but wasn't too impressed.
    The Sigma was vgood on its own but too slow with the TC and lots of fall off.
    I'm now aiming to do macro work mainly, but experimentation is the word.
  12. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    First some faster primes and/or long zooms, then a 1.4x TC. Less interested in a 2x.

    With the size of the MFT system as is (I consider the 100-300 to be a ridiculously small lens for the angle of view it provides), the added value would particularly be for wildlife situations, and for boosting range on a significantly faster prime (200 or 300 F4 or F2.8 would do nicely...). Other than the 75 and now the 35-100, there's very little in the way of great to exceptional long glass...
  13. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    2x please so the 35-100 can replace my 45-200.

    Switchable like the new Canon would be AWESOME.
  14. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2012
    I think I'd prefer to split the difference and go with a 1.7...
  15. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd buy one if its as good as the 4/3rds TCs. I'd like to get more than 1:1 macros from the 60mm without sacrificing working distance.
  16. AndyT

    AndyT Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2012
    Cape Town, South Africa
    That is exactly why I want one!

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 2
  17. Vincen77o

    Vincen77o Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 3, 2012
    St. Albans, Herts
    x2 TC on test

    My Vivitar x2 TC arrived so carried out some tests using my Canon 50mm 1.4. I ran off a couple of test sheets, printed quickly on normal paper and tacked to an internal wall, average light. I shot the 50mm on its own at f4 1/10 (0.1sec), but had to stop down to f5.6 with the TC on to achieve decent focus, both at 8/10 (0.8sec).
    So exposure is dramatically increased but the results weren't desperate. I've included a couple of detail shots here, the full results are on Flickr, click pics.

    50mm @ f4
    P1030225_corner by Vincen77o, on Flickr

    50mm @ f5.6
    P1030239_corner by Vincen77o, on Flickr
  18. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Most of our lenses don't outresolve the sensor anyway. Adding in a teleconverter would just add bulk without necessarily providing better results than just cropping. The 75mm is probably the only lens where I could see it being useful.
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