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I bought a Kenko pro 1.4 TC to use on my 100-400mm on my 7D because its supposed to auto focus. It does, just not very well. I was out on a clear sunny day and the shots that I got it to work on were great, very sharp. I take bird shots and a majority of the time it would hunt badly and not focus. At one time I was trying to take photos of waterfowl on a pond and it would not focus no matter what. I'm was very happy with the results when it worked but I can't shoot birds fighting it like that. I was using single shot and spot focus, should I have used some other settings or should I make someone a good deal on a slightly used TC.

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I use that same TC on my 7D and the 400mm f5.6. I couldn't get the center point to work very good but the outer points work extremely well and focus really fast.

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Thats interesting.

Post #3, Jan 30, 2012 15:45:59 as a reply to troyhattemer's post 4 minutes earlier.


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I have an older Kenko Pro 1.4 DG. It works fine with my 60D and my 400 5.6, center point focus.

I had a 100-400 and this same Tele would work hit and miss with that lens.

Go figure.

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If that is the case I may have to grab one for my 400. I want more reach.

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I use that same TC on my 7D and the 400mm f5.6. I couldn't get the center point to work very good but the outer points work extremely well and focus really fast.

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A possibility which occurs to me here is that the 100-400 is IS which, when IS is switched on, will affect AF speed. Possibly using a TC will cause a further increase in time for AF to lock. I find this when using the TC on my 300mm f/4, best to use it without IS on for faster AF. Similarly the comment above about the quick AF when using the 400 f/5.6. That lens doesn't have IS. Could be all or part of the issue I think.

Post #6, Jan 31, 2012 13:52:52 as a reply to No Angle's post 20 hours earlier.


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I would agree with Mark. It might have to do with IS on the 100-400.

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I'll try it this weekend with the IS off.

Post #8, Feb 01, 2012 09:04:20 as a reply to Grizz's post 9 hours earlier.


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I have a 60d with 100-400 and a kenko 1.4 mc4. It focuses but not fast.

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I also find it dead slow with IS on, but then again Ithink another factor that explains the to-and-fro AF hesitation is low contrast between the main subject and background.

I tried that yesterday with a far from picture filling goldeneye swimming in an ice-free river pool bathed in the golden brownish evening light and the AF took its time. So it was hit-and-miss to get the duck at all before it would dive for food again.

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I found mine to work wonderfully .... I have lots of shots with this combination. However, I use the tripod and keep the IS off

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mek501st wrote in post #13900886external link
I found mine to work wonderfully .... I have lots of shots with this combination. However, I use the tripod and keep the IS off

You need to update your gear list as neither the 7D nor the 100-400 are mentioned.

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troyhattemer wrote in post #13795903external link
I use that same TC on my 7D and the 400mm f5.6. I couldn't get the center point to work very good but the outer points work extremely well and focus really fast.

I have the same setup, no pin-taping. Same center point problem. However, I find the focus to be quite slow, especially for BIF, and hunts a lot. Any particular setting you use?

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I tried a DGX Pro 300 1.4 today and AF works sort of but the light was poor today with the rain. I had it on center point. I do not think it will work with BIF though.

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I tried it on one of the outer focus points with the IS on this weekend and it focused fast and just about everytime. It was very cloudy and I was takeing shots of a Common Goldeneye that was swimming very fast and all the shots were pretty soft. Maybe this weekend I'll have some sunlight and see if I can get decent IQ then.

Post #15, Feb 16, 2012 16:44:19 as a reply to No Angle's post 22 hours earlier.


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