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Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO + MC-14 1.4X Teleconverter

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Fred S, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    I am dreaming of a f4 300 pro with the price is out of the question
    I can get a 40-150 pro with a 1.4x teleconverter for 1/2 the price of a 300 pro ( used almost New in box )
    How is the 40-150 for bird photography using 2X digicrop ? ( 420 mm )
    I do a fair amount of bird photography with a 75-300 II and most of my shots are 300 mm
    I think I would be more happy with a Zoom of the 40-150
    If it matters I have a EM-10

    Thanks VERY much in advance
     
  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi Fred,
    The digital 2x 'converter' is no better than cropping. You can try it with your current lens; I strongly doubt you will be happy with it.

    I find my 40-150+mc14 to be too short for the songbirds behind my house.
    However, I've seen excellent results from others who use blinds to get closer.

    It is long enough for the heron at the park though.
     
  3. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    Thanks for the reply Barry
    I did some bird shooting this morning with my 75-300 and shot to 220mm
    You are right if you get close 220 is enough. BUT only if you get close
    As I mentioned most of my birds are at 300 mm I just cannot sneak up on the little guys
    So scrap that Idea

    Warbler at 300mm and cropped 50 %

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  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Btw, I have one close-up pic of a songbird with the 40-150Pro + MC-14... I was refilling my bird feeder and noticed the sparrows were eating the birdseed spilled on the ground by larger birds...
    I stood still and this one literally came within 18" or less of my feet:

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    White-crowned Sparrow (immature)

    As I was standing, that makes the subject distance around 6' from the lens, and it was zoomed to 210mm.

    I strongly suspect if I were to get a chair and quietly sit out there, I would be able to get more images like this of the sparrows. However, I don't think the adults are this brave, and I know the towees and scrub jays don't like me.

    I have the ZD 70-300mm, but it's too dark for f5.6+ under the trees where these birds like to be.
     
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  5. astolat

    astolat New to Mu-43

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    Aug 3, 2016
    I have photographed African birds (which allow you to get quite close) at 200mm on FF and files can be cropped to be just about acceptable for A4 prints. So, for m43, on this premise, we are talking about 100mm minimum for African birds (longer for developed world birds, which are more savvy and less approachable). This suggests to me that 40-150 with MC14 (ie 420mm FF equivalent) should be fine for amateur work. Of course, if you are a pro, you will need the 300/4 or PL100-400. But if you are a pro, you will not need my advice on this.
     
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  6. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    I quit using my 75-300 after I got the 40-150 + MC-14. I could crop the image from the PRO lens and get better results than I could from my 75-300. Fred, I think your images are better than what I was getting with my lens though.
     
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  7. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Correction: this was with the MC-14 at 210mm. The good news is there's no horizontal cropping.
     
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  8. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    Thank you every one for all the feed back
    I checked most of my bird and wildlife photos
    75 % are at 300 mm and most of them are cropped
    I will keep my 75-300 which is very good at good light
    and keep my $ 1700.00 ( CDN ) $ 1200.00 ( USD ) for another day