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Seeking lens advice.. 100-400L vs 70-200 2.8

 
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Aug 17, 2010 23:08 |  #1
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Hello all!

Ok. I have in my arsenal a 100-400L I use occasionally for birds etc. I estimate it gets 10% use compared to the rest of my kit.

Recently, I was shooting a music festival in lower light and in a well lit nighttime stage environment. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a 70-200 MKII 2.8 that I used for the weekend, and was blown away by the quality of the images. I'm now convinced that I would be better off with the following setup:

Sell the 100-400 and pick up a 70-200 for more "walk around" use. When I need 400mm of reach, I could just slap on an extension tube, and go from 200mm at 2.8 to... what?

Would this setup be better for a recreational shooter who does a lot of lower light shooting? Does anyone else have this setup?

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Aug 18, 2010 00:30 |  #2

What I plan on doing is using my 70-200 2.8 IS II as a walk around and when I need the reach I slap on either a 1.4x or 2x t.c. just because of the amazing quality even with a 2x attached. It will be a 140-400 5.6 IS, thus my 100-400 substitute.



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Aug 18, 2010 00:47 |  #3

Don't you mean 140-400?


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Aug 18, 2010 00:49 |  #4

an extension tube isn't what you are after...it'll just allow you to focus closer...and cost you infinity focus...you want an extender or teleconverter


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Aug 18, 2010 01:18 |  #5
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DreDaze wrote in post #10742156 (external link)
an extension tube isn't what you are after...it'll just allow you to focus closer...and cost you infinity focus...you want an extender or teleconverter

Right. I knew what I was after, just used the wrong descriptor. :oops:

Anyways.. I'm pretty sure this is the setup for me. :) 70-200 + teleconverter. Torn on the 1.4 or the 2x though....


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Aug 18, 2010 03:18 |  #6

Do you need the IS?

Just a thought, but the price of a 70-200 F/2.8 IS Mk2 is approx the same (going off the online store I just checked) as a 70-200 F/2.8 non-IS plus a 400 F/5.6. Of course if 400mm isn't all THAT important to you then your original idea is probably best. Another idea could be the 135L + 300 F/4 IS. Things to consider.




  
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Aug 18, 2010 03:19 |  #7

IMO the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mk1 does not take the 2X TC anywhere near as well as the MkII version of this lens does.


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Aug 18, 2010 05:39 |  #8

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #10742598 (external link)
IMO the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mk1 does not take the 2X TC anywhere near as well as the MkII version of this lens does.

And I have used the 2X on both mk1 and mk2 and I agree with you.


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Aug 18, 2010 05:49 |  #9

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And I have used the 2X on both mk1 and mk2 and I agree with you.


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Aug 18, 2010 05:59 |  #10

Great advice here, I almost decided to go the 100-400 route but now I'm really looking at the 2.8 mkI IS


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Aug 18, 2010 11:24 |  #11

Drakeskakes wrote in post #10742152 (external link)
Don't you mean 140-400?

Whoops, yeah. :oops:



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Aug 18, 2010 11:27 |  #12

I have both the 70-200 2.8 IS Ver I and the 100-400, there is no comparison for concerts and walk around quality. The 100-400 is not as fast or as sharp, but still has value for the long range. I find the extenders sadly lacking in sharpness, but if Ver II of the 70-200 is better, I may have to consider that.


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Aug 18, 2010 11:51 |  #13
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Mark II & 1.4x TC....nothing better than that. You'll be losing in range, but gaining in speed/IQ overall.


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