Olympus M.Zuiko MC-20 2X Teleconverter Lens – My Hands-On Preview


Hi my name is Robin Wong. And this is the new Olympus MC-20, 2X Teleconverter
Lens. The Olympus MC-20, is currently only compatible
with 2 lenses – the 300mm F4 PRO as well as the 40-150mm F2.8 PRO. When these lenses are used together with the
MC-20, it basically doubles the reach of the focal length. For example, if I attach that MC-20 to the
300mm F4 PRO, I will get a total reach of 600mm equivalent. That means the teleconverter is two times,
it doubles the original focal length of this lens. However, using the teleconverter there is
a compromise when it comes to lens brightness. Say, if I use the MC-20 on the 300mm, I will
get 600mm reach, doubling the original 300mm, but I also lose 2 stops of lens brightness. Instead of getting F4 wide open, my maximum
aperture now becomes F8. That’s two stops down from F4 to F8. The MC-20 is quite small, and feels light
on hand. It weights about 150g only. it has metal construction all around, there
is this protrusion part that comes out from the lens. That’s the reason why the MC-20 is only compatible
with two Olympus lenses, because these lenses have a port allows the protrusion to go in. Olympus claims that the MC-20 has 9 elements
in 4 groups lens construction. That’s quite impressive for a teleconverter,
and it even features a High Refractive (HR) element. Here you can see how the protrusion actually
inserts into the main lens, by attaching the teleconverter, there you go, we fit it in. Once the teleconverter is securely attached,
the combination feels very solid, there are no creaking parts, everything feels like one
piece, and this is actually quite a comfortable handling. Also this combination in use with the PRO
grade OM-D cameras and M.Zuiko PRO lenses, will give you full weather-sealing capabilities. Attaching a teleconverter I was expecting
the AF performance to be affected, I’m happy to report that AF is still blazing fast! Yes, the performance is not as great as the
lens without the teleconverter, but you can see here it is still extremely fast, reliable,
accurate and I don’t think that this will affect real life shooting scenario. Everything is still pretty much instantaneous,
I have no issue with AF acquisitions, yes there are times that it will hesitate just
that tiny bit, but nothing to be concerned about. My hands are getting unbearably itchy so it
is time to go about and take some photographs. I think a lot of people are very worried about
the loss of image sharpness when the teleconverter is being used. You know what, I can assure you that the sharpness
is still very, very reasonable. The fact that the original 300mm F4 PRo and
the 40-150mm F2.8 PRO, these lenses are extremely sharp! Even if there is just a slight drop in terms
of image quality, the images are still fantastic nonetheless. Perhaps the biggest concern I have have using
the Olympus MC-20 is the loss of brightness. Shooting at 600mm telephoto length with F8
is not exactly easy. Especially when your wildlife or birds are
hiding under heavy shade. Even the 40-150mm F2.8 PRO once you put onto
the MC-20 teleconverter, instead of F2.8 you get F5.6, that’s not very bright anymore. So you lose the advantage of bright aperture
but you gain the reach. And to me, dealing with a very narrow aperture
is difficult, it is quite challenging and pushing up high ISO numbers is not exactly
a very wise solution. But hey, you can’t have everything, that’s
just life – you gain some, you lose some. I want to highlight a very important information
found on the official Olympus product page. When we use the MC-14 or the MC-20, based
on this chart, we will lose about 1 stop of image stabilization. This is not a big deal, you still get powerful
5-Axis Image Stabilization from the PRO grade Olympus bodies like E-M1X or E-M1 Mark II,
just that – BECAREFUL – Don’t go crazy on the slow shutter speeds, and don’t expect
miracles from the image stabilization. Handling a very long super telephoto lens
requires certain skills, just make sure that your shutter speed is reasonably enough and
sufficient to freeze any movement and just don’t do unnecessarily slow shutter speed. Then we should be ok! What I really like about the Olympus MC-20
Teleconverter is that it shows the true potential of Micro Four Thirds system. It shows what the OM-D System is capable of. Just imagine – this lens, 1200mm equivalent
(in terms of 35mm full frame format), 1200mm hand-holdable, giving you fantastic results. that’s truly something! OKAY, I hope you have found this video useful,
I do have a blog article about the Olympus MC-20 2x teleconverter lens, the link is below. Please check out the blog article, I do have
a lot more to say about the teleconverter. And please let me know if you have enjoyed
watching this video I want to hear from you, please leave a comment below. I will definitely see you again in the next
video. Remember to go out and take more photographs. Bye bye!

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