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Old 9th of May 2012 (Wed)   #1
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Default Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

Hi all, I'm considering buying the 70-200 f2.8 with a 1.4 converter but want to know what the image quality is like. I shoot motorsport so it would be good to see some examples of that type of photography, if not, any examples with the above combination
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Old 9th of May 2012 (Wed)   #2
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Default Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

Based on what I have heard, the 1.4x doesn't impact image quality much, however it will make your f2.8 lens into a f4 lens.
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Old 9th of May 2012 (Wed)   #3
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I have a 70-200 2.8 II which I use mostly for Junior Ice hockey, but my youngest has just taken up playing rugby so I bought a 1.4x converter to go with it and am very pleased with the results. No noticeable image degradation and still gives f4. I went for the Mark II and saved a fair bit of cash because from what I gather the Mark III only really shines on the newer telephoto primes.

These were taken with the 70-220 and 1.4x combo
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Old 9th of May 2012 (Wed)   #4
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Default Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

I have used the 70-200 2.8IS version 1 with a 1.4x converter for shooting at F1 racing. Most of the attached pictures were shot with the converter. http://photography-on-the.net/forum/....php?t=1056129
I find that the AF works just fine for motorsports and the image quality was good.

However, I do find that the converter affected the AF speed for sports such as soccer. I tried to use it for my sons soccer games and had too many shots that I was no pleased with. I did get rid of it for the 100-400.
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Old 10th of May 2012 (Thu)   #5
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Default Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

I have toyed with the idea of a 100-400 just for the rugby, but just not sure I can justify the expense. Plus there is no room left in my bag lol
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Old 10th of May 2012 (Thu)   #6
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Default Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

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I have toyed with the idea of a 100-400 just for the rugby, but just not sure I can justify the expense. Plus there is no room left in my bag lol
I wouldn't consider another lens if I were you since you have the 70-200mkII already.

Just get a 2xIII and your set
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Old 10th of May 2012 (Thu)   #7
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Default Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

I went for the 1.4xII because at the time the 2xIII was newly released and silly money in comparison (around 500 if i remember right). I can see they have since dropped in price considerably, new one is now 335, ohh tempting. How would the quality compare though to the 100-400. The aperture would be a constant 5.6 compared to a 4-5.6 which is fine as I would tend to use it mostly at the longer end anyway.
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Old 10th of May 2012 (Thu)   #8
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Default Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

Antrobus, all these were shot with a 1.4/70-200 non IS combo









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Thanks for the info everyone. Philwillmedia, those shots are brilliant!
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Default Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

antrobus, are you buying the version II lens or the older version?
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Probably the older version as its cheaper
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Old 11th of May 2012 (Fri)   #12
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Default Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 USM with 1.4 converter

deffinately give a TRY to 70-200 2.8 ii...you will fall in LOVE w/ that lense!!!!
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