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Nov 28, 2016 18:12 |  #4666

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F8 focus with the 40D?

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Good point. No it doesn't. I think it won't for earlier bodies (pre-5DIII and pre-70D?) or is limited to a few focus points. Food for thought for those thinking about using it with AF.

For me it never mattered. I always used manual focus (except for people, dogs, and some macros) with or without extenders or extension tubes. Even for bugs-in-flight and birds-in-flight. The 300mm has a wonderfully precise focus ring with just the right amount of travel to make focusing easy. Same with the 500mm f/4L IS (first generation at least).

Have yet to attempt a single BIF with either the 7D2 or 5D4 with AF. Looking forward to it. I'm sure it will increase my success rate.


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Nov 28, 2016 21:11 |  #4667

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Nov 28, 2016 22:23 |  #4668

Another couple with the 300mm + 2x combo...

Little birds, yes. Not too much wildlife in my parts except for topless ladies slathered in body paint during ComFest every July. Definitely not many long range shooting opportunities for what wildlife we do get.


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Nov 29, 2016 01:25 as a reply to  @ View_Finder's post |  #4669

Both nice - but live that first one.


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Nov 29, 2016 03:32 |  #4670

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Nov 29, 2016 07:20 as a reply to  @ post 18197190 |  #4671

I don't think it makes a "good" 600mm lens either, but in cases where the photographer rarely uses such a focal length, it is cost effective ...

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Nov 29, 2016 08:01 |  #4672

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Another couple with the 300mm + 2x combo...

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Shots are very pretty, but they are downsized web jpegs and as such don't prove much one way or the other. A 100% crop of the raw file would tell us more. As would e.g. a sequence of say 5 consecutive shots where you tracked a bird in flight with the combo?

Another thing to keep in mind is that your shots were taken with old cameras with sensors with considerably lower pixel density and I always thought that influenced results. In my own experience at least, extenders always did noticeably better with my 5Dc than with my 40D.

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I don't think it makes a "good" 600mm lens either, but in cases where the photographer rarely uses such a focal lengths, it is cost effective ...

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I think that pretty much sums it up for me, Maxdave.


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Nov 29, 2016 19:47 |  #4673

Not a 2X converter, but it adds up to one. (and I still had autofocus as the Tamron 1.4x doesn't register electronically)
I was experimenting with stacking two 1.4X converters (a Tamron and Canon mark I) on my 300mm f/4L. I was pleasantly surprised to capture this much detail with the combo.

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Nov 29, 2016 20:58 |  #4674

BigLobowski wrote in post #18197723 (external link)
Both nice - but live that first one.

Thank you!

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Shots are very pretty, but they are downsized web jpegs and as such don't prove much one way or the other. A 100% crop of the raw file would tell us more. As would e.g. a sequence of say 5 consecutive shots where you tracked a bird in flight with the combo? ...

Thanks! Pretty shots are usually my goal 90% of the time. I use whatever tool I have available to me at the time to achieve that goal.


What makes a "good 600mm" anyway? I do have a longer lens but it doesn't get used as much as my 300mm does. For lightweight hiking, vacationing with the family, leaving on the rear seat of my car during a weekend getaway, or stowing in a saddlebag on my motorcycle, the 300mm gets the nod over my 500mm many times over. Add the 2x and now "that 600mm" becomes the only option sometimes. And a good 600mm at that IMHO!

I'm not saying that this combo is "better" or "as good as" or even "highly recommended" over anything else. I'm just saying that any tool, when used, is better than the best tool in the world that is left at home.


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Nov 29, 2016 21:00 |  #4675

A couple more 300mm f/4L IS + 2xII examples....

(I WILL be testing the 300mm with the 2xIII on the 7D2 and 5DIV soon - promise!)


Both of these are uncropped.


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Nov 29, 2016 21:40 |  #4676

Last two examples from me for a bit...

Again, both with the 300mm + 2x combo. Both uncropped.


I have to admit, I use my 300mm the vast majority of time (75% to 80%) adulterated with either the tele-extender or extension tubes (1, 2, or 3 tubes). It is my Swiss Army Knife. My oldest and most used lens.


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Nov 29, 2016 21:56 |  #4677

As attached I am sentimentally to this lens, if Canon came out with a V2 tomorrow with improved IS, I would get it immediately and sell mine.

The IS is a bit dodgy, especially when used with the 2x. But then again, I have no experience with the v2 IS stuff (my 70-200, 500mm, 24-105 are all v1). But I've always felt that the IS in this lens was a bit "loose" (and loud) in comparison.


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Dec 09, 2016 19:15 |  #4679

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