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Showcase Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 ZD 4/3 SWD

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by MAubrey, Jan 20, 2013.

 
 
  1. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
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  2. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    New York / Bath
    Steve, is that a pp gradient making the far background darker, or is it just the contrasty, almost heat-haze-like bokeh that the EC-20 seems to create on the longer lenses?
     
  3. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    New York / Bath
    Ah, interesting, thanks. I think it's fair to say that teleconverters typically amplify whichever idiosyncrasies the main lens happens to have, so you'll get a similar kind of bokeh — only more so. I'm sure you'll agree that on a good day, the 50-200's bokeh can be lovely, but under certain circumstances — e.g. bright sunlight on shiny leaves at exactly the wrong angle and distance behind the subject — it can become a bit lively, with those bright-edged, contrasty blur discs all vying for attention. Multiply all that by two with the EC-20 and you've got quite a riotous texture on your hands. :)  In contrast, the 150/2 produces nice bokeh under most conditions, with more evenly-lit blur discs than the 50-200 — multiply that by two and you generally get something pretty presentable. The 150/2, being a fast telephoto prime, does exhibit some axial CA in the form of green/magenta fringing on the OOF highlights, but it doesn't appear to be as problematic as the variation in brightness of the 50-200's blur discs — or those of the 40-150/2.8, for that matter. The colour fringes blend together, whereas the bright circles seem determined not to.

    As you say, adding a little Gaussian blur in pp is a workaround, but it would be nicer not to have to do it! :D 
     
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  4. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Stockholm, Sweden.
    I completely agree. The problem with teleconverters is that they have to be paired with fairly amazing lenses to be worthwhile. Which is probably the reason why noone makes a 3x converter - no lens on the planet is good enough to be useful with such a converter.
     
  5. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Houston
    I have found the IBIS in my EM1 more then adequate with 400mm and even 500mm of reach. The only time I have found it to be lacking is when I put the EC-14 on my 50-500, then again that is a lot of reach.
     
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  6. Christian Braun

    Christian Braun Mu-43 Regular

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    Flims Waldhaus GR, Switzerland
    Christian Braun
    Bladder campion at sunrise
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    Olympus OM-D E-M1.1, Olympus 50-200mm 1:2.8-3.5 SWD @ 182mm, HDR with Photomatix, 5 exposures, Tripod
     
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  7. callie

    callie Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 28, 2016
    Eddie
    I may have misunderstood what I read regarding IBIS. Are you setting IBIS to 400mm when using a 200mm legacy lens.
    My understanding is to set for whatever the actual FL of the lens equals regardless of Crop Factor.
    Sorry,my bad. Just re-read from the top and I see the discussion included a 400mm lens. Duh!
     
  8. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Houston
    While the 4/3 lenses are technically adapted, they provide all the same information to the camera as native lenses. This includes focal length for the IBIS, so you don't have to make any adjustments in camera for the IBIS setting.
     
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  9. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    Now that one you gotta print big! Would look great on metal or acrylic.
     
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  10. I actually found a Helios 3x Auto Tele Converter (Made in Japan) for M42 in an op shop for AUD10! But you are right about the IQ, although I was only able to try it in combination with a Hoya 200mm lens.
     
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  11. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    Fantastic capture. My only thought would've been to increase the aperture just a bit, to ensure that the entire head is in-focus (I know, it's always easy to sit back and be the critic).

    Great focus on the eye though. Was this shot with the bare lens?
     
  12. DenverDutchman

    DenverDutchman Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 10, 2013
    Colorado, Denver area
    This lens remains one of my all time favorites. A couple more captures taken in Costa Rica this past summer.
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    P8121968 by jphsmits, on Flickr
     
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    DenverDutchman Mu-43 Regular

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  14. wolfie

    wolfie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 15, 2009
    New Zealand
    Don't be fooled by those cutesy eyes- make sure you have copyright to this photo ... just saying
     
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  15. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Houston
    Probably because the monkey will claim he took the photo and win that arguement in court.......costing you millions in legal fees only to eventually win the case but so broke that it doesn’t matter anymore.
     
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  16. wolfie

    wolfie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 15, 2009
    New Zealand
    @datagov@datagov What Phocal said - the infamous ape photo scandal ...https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6507709044/download/3710132

    Of course the monkey might say he/she didn't sign a model release ...:026:
     
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  17. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    Sameer
    Couple from an early morning ramble along the south baylands of the SF Bay yesterday. Both were taken from a few feet away and are only slightly cropped. Really illustrates the adage that a long tele lens is there to fill the frame, not take specks of far way wildlife.
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    First time I have managed to take a shot with the eyelid half closed.
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    Works well for landscape as well
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    One more @123mm. The old Hanger One at Moffett Field and construction cranes at the ever-expanding GooglePlex.
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  18. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Very nicely lit. Nice balance and bokeh!
     
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  19. jreed

    jreed Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 20, 2014
    Does anyone have experience using this on a EM5 Markii? Does it autofocus at all, or is it just slow? I'm not inclined to switch to an M1, and can't afford the m. zuiko fast zoom, but my eyes aren't great anymore so I do need some autofocus most of the time... Thanks for any comments...
     
  20. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I tried it on an EM5 Mk I and while it was slow, it could autofocus. On an EM1, it works pretty well.
     
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