EC-14 teleconverter : no complaints so far (first real-world test)

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EC-14 teleconverter : no complaints so far (first real-world test)
Mar 14, 2013

This thread is a follow-up for the thread in which I asked for advices about (finally) getting an EC-14 teleconverter to go with my collection of lenses and expand possibilities:

Thanks again for all the interesting contributions.  It shall remain a useful thread.

In the meantime my new (second-hand) EC-14 has arrived from Melbourne.

Looked and felt really good and sturdy.

I am anxious to try out the little fellow with some interesting lens combinations that I had not thought of myself before that thread.

But yesterday, I started my real-world testing with the obvious combo : EC-14 on ZD50-200mm lens, mounted on E-M5.  I used only that combo for an early-morning walk to a nearby snowy park.

Well, let me just tell you this : so far I have no complaints about the performance of the EC-14.

I noticed no practical difference in auto-focusing speed (when I did not use MF to capture animals through woodlands undergrowth).  And if there is any optical image quality degradation, well, then I was not able to pinpoint it.  Not all shots were tack-sharp, but then again, that is always the case with my casual way of handheld shooting.  But the sharp images were REALLY sharp.

Gallery of my real-life test shots (covering the range and some cropped from 283mm):

A few samples (most at full extension and then cropped some more):

Happy camper here.  I think that EC-14 will serve me well.

Now on to trying it out on ZD35-100, ZD150, PL25, ZD50 and Rokinon85 (among others).

Given these results, I might even try to extend my ZD70-300 to 420mm, or my Sigma 135-400 to 560mm in good light...

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Roel Hendrickx
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