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Olympus Zuiko EC-20 2x Teleconverter for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras
|Price:||$479.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
- 2x teleconverter for doubling focal length of Olympus Zuiko digital lenses
- Puts more subjects within photographer's range without affecting mobility
- Provides convenient, cost-effective solution to demands of telescoping shooting
- Fits any Zuiko digital interchangeable lens; dust- and drip-proof housing
- Measures 2.67 inches in diameter and 1.61 inches long; weighs 0.49 pounds
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|Included Components||BC-1 Body Cap - LR-1 Rear Cap - LSC-0814 Pouch|
|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 6.3 x 4.3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||7.9 ounces|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.95 pounds|
The Olympus EC-20 2x Teleconverter doubles the focal length of any lens it is attached to from the wide selection of Four-Thirds and Olympus E-System lenses.
- Focal length: 2x of the attached lens
- Lens construction: 7 elements in 5 groups
- Dust and drip proof: Yes
- Maximum image: 2x of the attached lens
- Compatibility: Any Zuiko digital interchangeable lens
- Accessories: Lens cap, lens rear cap, lens case
- Dimensions: 2.67 inches in diameter and 1.61 inches long
- Weight: 0.49 pounds
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Top Customer Reviews
Used with the Olympus E-3 and the Zuiko 300mm f2.8 lens over the course of two weeks in the field, it performed flawlessly. Autofocus, even on birds in flight, was quick and reliable. I've cropped photos taken with the teleconverter and my 300mm by as much as 50% and not been able to find any defects or flaws. The focus is crisp across the image. Because the Olympus System uses Four Thirds technology, with a much smaller sensor than most digital SLRs, the potential for problems is probably higher. I encountered none.
This is a fine piece of optics that does exactly what you ask of it. Highly recommended.
But once you start looking past the "kit" lens(es) you bought with your camera, you'll want to move up to Olympus' higher-grade optics. And if you ask me (although I'm quite aware you haven't), the EC-20 should be one of the first upgrades you look at.
Coupled with the 50mm f/2.0 macro lens, it's a boon to close work -- letting you get frame-filling images without having to be on top of your subject. For everything else, it can essentially double the number of lenses you own, presuming you plan ahead a bit when you buy them. Buy the EC-20 as your first step up from your kit lens(es), and you'll save yourself money (and weight!) over the long haul.
And did I mention that images you take with it are tack sharp?
Meanwhile, the EC-20 was just sitting there waiting for its chance. One day, frustrated, I thought, "What the heck!" and put it on the E-30 with the 50-200 mm lens. Everything changed: autofocus became quick and reliable, the number of keeper images increased dramatically and I got some fantastic shots. I do mostly bird photography and that extra distance can, many times, be the difference between getting and not getting a shot. But a 2x teleconverter making this much of a difference in relation to a 1.4 teleconverter, well, it makes no sense.
Truth be told, I was resistant to using the EC-20 because of the loss of 2 f/stops: less light in a system that performs better in good light could mean disaster. But apparently my fears were unfounded. Autofocus is great even in difficult situations (common when photographing birds in bushes, for instance), image quality is flawless, the whole combo is performing like a dream even when the light isn't adequate.
Olympus classifies the EC-20 as a "standard" lens, while the EC-14 is a "high grade" lens. I don't see any difference in build -- and I must confess that the first thing I did with the EC-20 was drop it from about 3 feet onto a carpeted floor, with no damage whatsoever to it -- or optic quality, so don't know where this distinction comes from.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm using this Teleconverter with my Olympus E-5 and my Zuiko 50-200 F2.8-3.5 telephoto lens and it works superb. Gives my lens a 400mm reach at F7. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bill
I had a 2x multiplier that I purchased for about half this price a couple of years ago and I hated it. It was terribly distorted and gave a fish-eye look to the photos. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael A. Bynack
I purchased this product in hopes that it would help me get more distance on my pictures at High School Football games. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by G3
Hi Folks, Sorry it has taken me so long to review the EC20. I wasn't sure I was happy with it at first as my pictures were pixelated and blurry. Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Hal Roth
This converter works beautifully with my E series cameras and 50-200 lens. I see that some have had less than steller results with this converter. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Gevoni
Turns three lens into six - worth the money. You will have some trouble in low light conditions. You will also need to use a tripod for best results. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Lisa R. Pierce
I use this teleconverter a great deal with my 50-200mm lens when shooting wildlife. The pictures are sharp, and it only takes minimally longer to focus than without it. Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by Marley
This works surprisingly well with the 50-200. Fine detail, seen under magnification is lost, but coarse detail, which gives the impression of sharpness at normal viewing distance,... Read morePublished on October 10, 2009 by S. Barnett
I have spent hours playing with the Zuiko EC-20 2x teleconverter with an 18-180mm lens on my Olympus E-520. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by BfloBen