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Can I use 70-200mm F/2.8 L + a 2.0x extender for birding and wildlife photography?

 
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Feb 05, 2014 08:23 |  #1
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Can I use 70-200mm F/2.8 L + a 2.0x extender for birding and wildlife photography? (use with body 5d classic)

If I already have a 70-200mm F/2.8 L (for portrait as the main purpose), I just need 500 USD to purchase a 2.0x extender. While I need over 1300 USD to buy a Tamron 150-600mm or Canon 400/ Canon 100-400.




  
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Can I use 70-200mm F/2.8 L + a 2.0x extender for birding and wildlife photography?

Can I use 70-200mm F/2.8 L + a 2.0x extender for birding and wildlife photography? (use with body 5d classic)

If I already have a 70-200mm F/2.8 L (for portrait as the main purpose), I just need 500 USD to purchase a 2.0x extender. While I need over 1300 USD to buy a Tamron 150-600mm or Canon 400/ Canon 100-400.




  
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Feb 06, 2014 02:33 as a reply to  @ 5D3ismydream's post |  #3

You could but the IQ and AF will suffer a bit. It won't come close to a 100-400, and if you get the 2x then save some money and get a Kenko one instead.




  
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Feb 06, 2014 03:04 as a reply to  @ 5D3ismydream's post |  #4
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What's a Kenko???????




  
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Feb 06, 2014 04:06 |  #5

5D3ismydream wrote in post #16667410 (external link)
What's a Kenko???????

Another brand making extenders.


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Feb 06, 2014 05:45 |  #6

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Feb 06, 2014 08:36 |  #7

5D3ismydream wrote in post #16665149 (external link)
Can I use 70-200mm F/2.8 L + a 2.0x extender for birding and wildlife photography? (use with body 5d classic)

If I already have a 70-200mm F/2.8 L (for portrait as the main purpose), I just need 500 USD to purchase a 2.0x extender. While I need over 1300 USD to buy a Tamron 150-600mm or Canon 400/ Canon 100-400.

The CANON extender will AF only on a 1D series body.
Kenko/Tamron 2X extender is the option, u lose 2 stops, so u got a F5.6 140-400.
Probably images will be soft, and AF slower: birds in flight could be difficult.


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Feb 06, 2014 09:51 as a reply to  @ 5D3ismydream's post |  #8

I use a 70-200 f2.8L IS II and 2x MkIII Canon extender and I get some great wildlife and bird shots from it. However, the MkII lens takes a converter better than the MkI lens which does take a hit with a converter on. From the MkII and 2x combo I can get shots as good as I could when I had a 100-400 L but my shots with the MkI were nowhere near the same quality.

I use a Kenko Pro300 DGX 1.4x converter with my 70-200 MkII and also with my 300 f4L IS and get some good results with that as well without taking a huge hit in IQ or AF speed but I've not got a 2x Kenko converter to try with them.


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Feb 06, 2014 10:08 as a reply to  @ 5D3ismydream's post |  #9

Personally 400mm f5.6 or the 150-600mm for the minimum. Not saying you can't use 2x tc on 70-200mm but picture quality, AF suffers. To me 2xTC for mainly with 300/400mm f2.8 or the 500/600mm f4 primes even then rarely.


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Feb 06, 2014 12:12 |  #10

METAL1 wrote in post #16667810 (external link)
The CANON extender will AF only on a 1D series body.

Are you sure about that? It'll take the lens to 5.6 which any Canon body will still focus at.


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Feb 06, 2014 19:43 |  #11

put the $5500 towards a 5DIII!!!! You want a body that has the AF, high ISO handling, and fast frame rate to do wildlife/sports. No lens can make make up for those capabilities.

Consider a refurbed 5DIII from the Canon USA store and trade in the 5D for hundreds more off. You have to call them to get the quote on the trade in credit.

http://shop.usa.canon.​com …0Paid%20Search-_-sitelink (external link)




  
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Are Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM + Kenko 2x extender good for wildlife&bird photograph?

Are Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM + Kenko 2.0x extender good for wildlife and birding photograph? (use with 5d classic).




  
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Feb 07, 2014 02:23 as a reply to  @ 5D3ismydream's post |  #13

Heya,

It will work if it's all you got. It's basically a 400mm F5.6, but with less image quality and slower autofocus than the actual 400mm F5.6 telephoto.

If you're thinking of buying this, for this purpose, I would say no... get an actual telephoto that is 400mm or greater, without a teleconverter. If you already have the 70-200 and you're just trying to make the most of it without buying another $1k+ lens, then the $250 Kenko extender is a good option for trying things out. Just know what teleconverters do, and how they effect things. They're not benign.

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Canon 100-400mm is very good lens for people who take sport, wildlife and birding photography frequently. But i will waste much money if i buy it but don't use it frequently. If i already have 70-200mm f/2.8 (probably I will buy one by this summer), 70-200mm f/2.8 + a 2.0x extender will be good enough for people who don't take sport, wildlife and birding photography frequently? I hope so




  
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Feb 07, 2014 21:31 |  #15

MCAsan wrote in post #16669542 (external link)
put the $5500 towards a 5DIII!!!! You want a body that has the AF, high ISO handling, and fast frame rate to do wildlife/sports. No lens can make make up for those capabilities.

Consider a refurbed 5DIII from the Canon USA store and trade in the 5D for hundreds more off. You have to call them to get the quote on the trade in credit.

http://shop.usa.canon.​com …0Paid%20Search-_-sitelink (external link)

What, put that $5500 towards used 500mm f4 IS I.


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