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    Default 70-300+EC-1.4...Anyone have samples?

    It seems that I could use a bit more reach sometimes with the wonderful ZD 70-300mm... and I'm contemplating the purchase of the EC-14 to help me get a little closer to my subjects on the big surf days, waves can break a half mile out and peel all the way to shore. The fixed length of the ZD 300mm f/2.8 does not appeal to me as I want to be able to zoom out as surfers reach closer to shore without lugging another camera/lens combo, so my other option would be the 50-200mm / EC-20 which effectively is almost equal in lost stops to the 70-300mm / EC-14 combination. My dilemma is whether to purchase the EC-14 now and have a usable combination until my budget allows the 50-200 with EC-20, or just wait until I have the cash to upgrade entirely to the mid-grade glass. I don't want to waste any money so I was hoping that someone has tried out the combo which I'm presently considering! Any good results out there? I could live with a 100-420mm super tele zoom at f/8 as long as the images are sharp enough and undistorted, as they seem to be through the 70-300 presently...
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    Default Re: 70-300+EC-1.4...Anyone have samples?

    Hi Rob -

    I don't have the 70-300 but do have the 50-200 and use it with both the E.C. 1.4 & 2.0 with great results. If I were you I would buy the EC 2.0, it is about the same price as the 1.4. I bought mine from KEH for $429, a pretty good price. Here is a thread that might interest you over at DP -

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=27157392
    Best Regards, Jim


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    Default Re: 70-300+EC-1.4...Anyone have samples?

    Thank you, Jim - that is indeed interesting reading. Makes me feel better just knowing I'm not the first person to think of it... sounds like at 300mm it might be m/f only, not sure how the L1 compares to the E510 in focusing. I also deduce that the two stops the EC-20 costs would pretty much eliminate a/f entirely for most of the range of the 70-300. I might just wait for a cheap copy of the old 50-200 to come along...
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    I'd opt for a 50-200 as well over using the 70-300 with a teleconverter. Manual focus on moving subjects is a worthy challenge, but I'd like to return with a few keepers. I think AF helps in this regard. You could crop your shots as well.

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