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Wildlife shooting: 100-400 or 70-200w/2x tele?

 
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Dec 24, 2011 23:23 |  #1

So, I'm heading to Africa this coming year. Coupled with the 7D, I currently have the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II. I'm considering picking up the somewhat long of tooth 100-400L but am wondering with the advances in glass and IS technology, might I be better off just putting a 2x tele on the newer lens?

Thanks for your input.

Rick




  
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Dec 24, 2011 23:41 |  #2

If you got a good copy of the 100-400, it would probably be slightly sharper than the 70-200 with the extender. You would also have the convenience of not having to take the TC on and off with the 100-400 lens. Autofocus speed should be faster with the 100-400 also, but that lens is no speed demon so you might want to do a side by side at a local camera store and see what you think.

I have limited experience with tc's, but if your objective is to shoot at longer focal lengths than a longer lens would make sense. If you just want to take a few shots at longer focal length, but will mostly be shooting things close to you than the 70-200 plus tc would make sense.


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Dec 25, 2011 00:03 |  #3

i have 70-200 f2.8 IS II And i used 1.4x tc with it on 7d, i personally found that it produced quite good results but at the expense of focusing speed, i also have 100-400mm and i find it great wide open, africa is my dream destination and one day i will get there i bought the 100-400mm thinking of africa, its a great lens and made for safari have a read through this websites
http://www.eyesonafric​a.net/safari-photography.htm (external link)
http://blog.londolozi.​com …pment-to-bring-on-safari/ (external link)
http://www.kruger-2-kalahari.com/best-safari-lens.html (external link)


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Dec 25, 2011 00:15 |  #4

100-400, for Africa, for sure. There's too great of a chance for softening of the image and/or lack of contrast wirh a TC. I'm not where I can post the links right now; but you could search for my posts on this subject in the past.


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Dec 25, 2011 08:59 |  #5

Thanks for the info! Although it would be nice to haul around less, the fact that no one seems to use the TC plus lens for African safaris should tell me something, huh?

Rick




  
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Dec 25, 2011 10:10 |  #6

First trip to Africa a year ago and I took a 1.4 tele and both a 70-200 and a 100-400. After looking through my Lightroom catalog to see what lenses I REALLY used on that trip, for my second trip, lat summer, I took the 1.4 tele, the new 70-200 II, a 300 2.8, and a 24-70 2.8. I found that I rarely had used the 100-400 on the first trip - about 80% of my shots had been taken with the 70-200, either with or without the tele.

All that said, if you're going to East Africa (I went to South Africa & Botswana both trips), YMMV because the typical sight distances in East Africa are longer.




  
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