Olympus 40-150 + 1.4 G9 ...

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Old Timer63
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Olympus 40-150 + 1.4 G9 ...
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The 1.4 arrived today, lovely small profile and I love the little case with the attached clip for clipping on your belt etc.

Can`t do much at the moment because it has gotten a bit stormy but shot various around my garden. Well to be honest in general if I hadn`t known the 1.4 was on with the lens I don`t think I would have noticed any difference, IBIS works a treat and it`s surprising that little bit of extra reach does make a difference. Because of the small size you don`t even know it`s in place. I did a couple of comparison shots and adjusted the focal lengths to fill the frame with the same subject and apart from a bit of DOF difference you would be hard pressed to tell the with or without shot. It reminds me of my FF Canon days with my 70-200 +1.4 and I could never tell when I had used the 1.4 without checking with the exit

So thanks to the guys that contributed on the earlier thread and for those that said the IQ is very good with the 1.4 I thank you.

Dave

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Re: Olympus 40-150 + 1.4 G9 ...

Interesting to hear about the positive experience about the lens performance with the 1.4x.

I recently bought the mc-20 to use with the 40-150mm and G9. No issues with general compatibility, autofocus also worked great but the combo just resulted in very soft images. Significantly softer than the Pana 100-300mm or the PL 100-400mm. Ended up sending the mc-20 back as it was not really usable. Would have been nice to have the 300mm reach without having to take another lens along..

Not sure if the 2x is then a bit of a stretch or if I just got a bad copy.

Good to hear though that the 1.4x seems to work well. Might have to consider it.

Marko

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Re: Olympus 40-150 + 1.4 G9 ...

Mark, yeh, I wondered if the 2x was a step too far

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Old Timer63 wrote:

Mark, yeh, I wondered if the 2x was a step too far

Dave

i've used 2x TCs on my D850 and on my e-m1.2 and it works good only with the best lenses made. put it on a 12 pound nikon 300 f/2.8 vr ii or with a oly 300 pro f/4 and it works real well at the right shutter speed and focus setting. ever since i got my oly tc-20, it's been raining every day. i should be able to test it tomorrow but have seen amazing shots with the oly 40-150 f/2.8 and 300 f/4 pro lenses.

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darrinlingle wrote:

Old Timer63 wrote:

Mark, yeh, I wondered if the 2x was a step too far

Dave

i've used 2x TCs on my D850 and on my e-m1.2 and it works good only with the best lenses made. put it on a 12 pound nikon 300 f/2.8 vr ii or with a oly 300 pro f/4 and it works real well at the right shutter speed and focus setting. ever since i got my oly tc-20, it's been raining every day. i should be able to test it tomorrow but have seen amazing shots with the oly 40-150 f/2.8 and 300 f/4 pro lenses.

Oh no Darrin, there goes another week of decent food:-)

Dave

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cba_melbourne Senior Member • Posts: 3,140
Re: Olympus 40-150 + 1.4 G9 ...

Marko_Finland wrote:

Interesting to hear about the positive experience about the lens performance with the 1.4x.

I recently bought the mc-20 to use with the 40-150mm and G9. No issues with general compatibility, autofocus also worked great but the combo just resulted in very soft images. Significantly softer than the Pana 100-300mm or the PL 100-400mm. Ended up sending the mc-20 back as it was not really usable. Would have been nice to have the 300mm reach without having to take another lens along..

Not sure if the 2x is then a bit of a stretch or if I just got a bad copy.

Good to hear though that the 1.4x seems to work well. Might have to consider it.

Marko

The MC14 was made specifically for the 40-150pro lens. Both were released together in November 2014. Kits with both lens and TC were available. I suspect it was optimized for the 40-150pro, as it did fit no other lens at the time. The 300pro lens did not exist yet, it only came 2 years later - and it was the second lens that could use the MC-14.

The MC-20, announced in January 2019, was made to fit both the 300pro and the older 40-150pro lens. I suspect though, it may be optimized better for the 300pro.

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