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Angus Gibbins

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Pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters at Sandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve

I've been wanting this short for ages and on Sunday the patience finally paid off!

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I'll never understand why somebody would have their horse wear a halter on the pasture, though. But I admit that this is off topic here and certainly not the lenses fault.
But the lens did bring the issue sharply into focus!
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The lens that keeps on giving.
 

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This first establishing shot was taken to show the relative magnification of the 2 images following:

25mm Point of View of 440 Foot Tele Shot
by Graham Moore, on Flickr
This is an uncropped but resized image shot hand held with the 300mm Pro and MC-20 teleconverter. As captioned it was at a distance of about 440' (134m) from my office.

440 Foot Uncropped Resize
by Graham Moore, on Flickr
This is a full size crop of the image above. You can read the words 'BITE ME' on his tape measure. I was stunned at how sharp this combination of lens and teleconverter is across the entire image.

440 Foot No-Resize Crop
by Graham Moore, on Flickr
None of the pictures have had any sharpening, color, contrast, exposure or other adjustments. They were exported from OV3.
 

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From yesterday, Rosefinch (crosspost with Share Birds thread)
@f4 & MC-20
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@ripterr How does the MC-20 compare to the MC-14? I'm wondering if it's worth it to buy the MC-20 or if cropping with the MC-14 will give similar sharpness.
I just picked up the MC20. I've had the MC14 for a while. The MC14 is okay (seems to work better on the 300 than the 40-150 for me), but the MC20 seems noticeably better than the MC14 so far. I just got it yesterday so I haven't done much testing, but the quick shots I took yesterday looked really good. I plan to get out this weekend and shoot some comparisons.
 

PeHa

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I just picked up the MC20. I've had the MC14 for a while. The MC14 is okay (seems to work better on the 300 than the 40-150 for me), but the MC20 seems noticeably better than the MC14 so far. I just got it yesterday so I haven't done much testing, but the quick shots I took yesterday looked really good. I plan to get out this weekend and shoot some comparisons.
I have both as well but haven't done any real pixel peeping comparisons, would be interesting to see :) My experience is that it definitely provides more detail than cropping from using MC-14, I'm actually really surprised to see how good it can deliver in the right conditions when using low ISO and with no camera shake blur though there's clearly a higher risk of that even if the stabilization system is impressive. It's also easier than I thought to find the subject in the viewer though the really long reach...
 

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Whatever the future is for Olympus gear, I'll just proceed shooting with mine, just now I can't see anything better for my needs as when shooting small birds.
The bokeh doesn't suffer much IMO with the MC-20 as I've seen with some other teleconverter combos.
Yellow Wagtail standing on a footbridge rail
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Whinchat
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