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Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter

B&H # OLEC20C Mfr # 261016
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Product Highlights
  • Works for Olympus E & Four-Thirds Lenses
  • Doubles Focal Length

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.

If you think about it, suddenly your Zuiko ED50-200 f/2.8-3.5 SWD lens (which covers 100-400mm in 35mm format) becomes, in effect a 200-800mm lens (in 35mm format). This converter saves you both time and money.

Small, compact and portable high-performance optic
Extends lens performance - allows you to bring subjects even closer to your camera
Does not inhibit mobility since it is only a small addition to the length of the master lens
Magnification 2x
Rear Mount Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
Front Mount Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
Construction, Elements/Groups 5 groups/7 elements, Metal, glass
Lens Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
Length Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5" (6.4cm) (approx)
Weight 7.9 oz (225g)
Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter
  • Front Cap
  • Rear Cap
  • Pouch
  • One-Year Warranty
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    OlympusEC-20 2.0X Teleconverter
     
    4.7

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (23)
    • Strong construction (18)
    • Consistent output (16)
    • Durable (15)
    • Lightweight (13)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (8)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (21)
    • Sports/action (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Wildlife (4)
    • Macro photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3), Semi-professional (3)
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    5.0

    Just the ticket!

    By Sue

    from Hinesburg Vermont

    Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

    I have a Olympus Evolt 620 and use it mostly with a 70/300 lens. Wildlife....mainly birds at this point...and, wanted to get even closer...less cropping. This is working perfectly....did not add a great deal of weight as I handhold the camera. Have uploaded and printed images from my first trial with 2x converter....very pleased.

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    4.0

    pleasantly surprised

    By Gunny

    from Westwood NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

    I purchased the teleconverter for wildlife photography.I was pleasantly surprised when I found that I retained the autofocus and exposure function on my Olympus E30 with a 4.0, 300mm lenses. It does occasionally produce a little noise but I guess that is be expected.

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    5.0

    A great accessory

    By Andrew

    from New Zealand

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

        Great quality product from Olympus.

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        5.0

        Worth every penny

        By L Chandler

        from Shacklefords, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

        Other than really can't use in low light conditions, this is a great product. Turned three lens into six. You should use a tripod on your "zoom" shots. I have used it with my 14-42, 40-140 and 70-300 lens. Works really well.

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        5.0

        Good quality glass

        By Jay

        from Tucson, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

        It's a good quality glass. With fast enough shutter speed it can give you the better resolution than the cropped images without it e.g. when the lens is 50-200, you can get more details at 400mm(w/ EC20) rather than the cropped images from 200mm (w/o EC-20), tested on E-5.
        Two cons:
        1. When applied to 50-200, I feel it is softer than the images w/o it. I believe it's because of optical limitation of the lens.
        2. The f will be greater than 7 (much slower) while 200x2x2=800 equivalent might need 1/800 sec shutter speed. It's a dilemma.

        I think it would be a good company with SHG lens as SHG: f/2.0 -> f/4.0, it will be more practical to get fast enough shutter speed. And the softness caused from optics design should be gone, as some reviewers already said.

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        5.0

        Excellent for some extra zoom

        By Lenny

        from South Carolina

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

        I use this converter for some extra long ranges when doing landscape shots. Works very well for mountain shots.

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        5.0

        Within your reach

        By Luis reaching for the stars

        from North Plainfield, NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

          I use the teleconverter, with my 50-200 zuiko lens. Great for extending your telephoto lens for wildlife photography. Great quality, very minimal if any, loss of picture quality.

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          4.0

          Not quite the EC-14

          By OldDigiman

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                A solid offering from Olympus. I gave it 4 stars only because you lose a little more image quality than with the 1.4 EC-14. But that's no so much the converter's fault as it is the result of the laws of physics. The 2-stop light loss this coverter provides means that if you are using it on the 50-200 you really want to be shooting in bright light. Again, that's not a knock on the product, just the way the laws of optics work.

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                4.0

                reaching out

                By TWDe

                from Newark, DE

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                  From much of my reading/experience, I gather that most pros do not recommend teleconverters. However, most will admit that teleconverters have their purpose. The EC-20 is indeed one of the better units. As with any teleconverter, a longer reach will also include the loss of an f stop, or in this case, 2 f stops. Mated to a fast lens, f 2.8 or faster, and assuming many lenses are not at their sharpest wide open, this reduction in available light transmission has not proven to be a challenge when mated to an E-30 with a quick lens. One does see a difference in viewfinder brightness; Nonetheless, images are recorded accurately. I have not detected any reduction in sharpness when viewed on an iMAC monitor. Under low/artificial light conditions indoors, one may find EV adjustments are in order. I must assume that folks will be purchasing the EC-20 to use outdoors with wildlife, etc. and for this purpose, the converter performs as advertised. There are two caveats to consider when purchasing this unit: Are the lenses you have supported? And understand that the auto focus can get a little glitchy without a tripod at dawn or dusk. Few users will get spectacular results at the focus distances obtainable using this product under dim lighting conditions without a tripod (I rarely depend on IS when shooting static scenes). Nonetheless, the EC-20 teleconverter is far less expensive, lighter and easier to stow than a lens of comparable reach. There are trade-offs but I would still recommend this product if one has a requirement for it. I typically mate the EC-20 to either a 14-54 f2.8 or a 50-200 f2.8 and my E-30. I have not used it with a super wide angle - others might offer reviews on that application.

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                  4.0

                  Extended my Range

                  By Philip

                  from Caves Beach NSW Australia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                  I had it on at a sporting event the other day and got some great shots. I have an E520. Tried with 70-300 all OK, but more fun with the 18-180. The autofocus was not quite sharp enough for me so I set it to [S-AFM] and the final small adjustment got what I wanted. It is well built, feels solid, and change the camera's capabilities. Like all equipment, your first shot isn't going to be your best, takes a little time to get used to the new geometry. At the higher end the F stops start round F11 but go out to F45, I am not sure they are not doubled as well.

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                  5.0

                  Should not but does

                  By daveC

                  from St. Petersburg, Florida

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                      Bought to extend the range of a Zuiko 70-300 telephoto zoom...worked well on a bright day....autofocus worked as well....probably not so much on a less bright day, but I understood that going in........overall it worked better than I anticipated

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                      5.0

                      Great for Zuiko Digital 150mm

                      By Frank

                      from Lancaster SC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast autofocus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                        This combination gives me a an equivalent FOV of a 600mm on full frame with a f 4.0 aperture. Use it for sports and animals. Focusing is not compromised. The lens still focuses as fast as it does without the converter. Too early to comment on the accuracy, but I haven't noticed any significant difference. Weight is perfect for me, since I am small. Great combo with the E-5.

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                        5.0

                        Can't beat Olympus quality.

                        By Bill

                        from Downers Grove, Il

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • High Quality
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                          Great way to expand your shooting capabilities. Very sharp results, although you may need a tripod wth less than sunny conditions.

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                          5.0

                          Works beautifully with my 150 F2

                          By Gerry

                          from Bergen County N.J.

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                            I bought the EC20 to make my 150 F2 olympus lens equivalent to a 600mm F4. I was a little concerned that the optical quality would not be up to my expectations. It turned out that the combination was much better than expected. It's very sharp at F4 and at F4.5 to F8 I can't see any difference in optical quality when using the 150 by itself or with the EC20. I think this might be due to the fact that the 150 is a superb lens to begin with. Focussing is a little less positve in low light but outdoors it's great. I highly recommend this combination.

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                            4.0

                            So glad I got this!

                            By Wendy

                            from Pennsylvania

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Poor in Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                            I bought this product to get me even closer to the action. I am a sports photographer and with the EC-20 2.0X Teleconveter I am able to double my zoom.
                            This product works best when the weather is sunny because you will loose 2 f-stops of light.

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                            5.0

                            Sharp, clear images

                            By Charles

                            from Tampa Bay, Florida

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                              All positive. A great product. Much better than any after-market screw-on or add-on doublers. I have taken many telephoto pictures with this doubler. They are all sharp. Have not tried it with wide-angle or macro lens yet. Highly recommended if you need super telephoto.

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                              4.0

                              Works Excellent

                              By Sue

                              from Los Angeles

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Added significant reach
                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                                Added to my Olympus E3 to extend reach of Zuiko 50-200 lens.

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                                5.0

                                What a Find

                                By Rickyammo

                                from Hong Kong

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Sports/Action

                                Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                                What a fantastic addition to the ever increasing lens portfolio.

                                The size, weight and everything about it is just exactly what i was looking for.

                                Need to be careful in using it in low light scenarios as the quality may be effected.

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                                5.0

                                Love it!

                                By Loyal to Olympus

                                from IA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                                  I am so thrilled to be able to bring objects in so close. I love my SP565UZ but wanted to take pictures with my EPL1 and this is so much handier to enable me to take the smaller camera with me!

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                                  4.0

                                  double or nothing

                                  By Gibbo

                                  from Melbourne, Australia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output

                                  Cons

                                  • Expensive

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Olympus EC-20 2.0X Teleconverter:

                                  Turns a short lens into a macro

                                  Extends the reach of a telephoto lens

                                  Due to the 2 stop light loss you need to use this in bright light or with a tripod. Any blur from your primary lens is magnified. For example, the 50-200mm is not tack sharp at 200mm. It's a bit better at f5.6. With the converter, that equals 800mm, f11, but still not tack sharp. Handheld in direct sun is OK, use a tripod otherwise. Would be great with a fast prime. I would not bother using it with kit lenses. Better to just buy a higher grade lens.

                                  The best but most expensive teleconverter around.

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