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1.4x Tcon or Lens?

 
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Dec 31, 2005 11:35 |  #1

I've been watching prices on Canon 1.4x teleconverters for a while. Looks like the going rate, new or used, is about $280 US.

I've been wanting to extend the range a little on my 70-200mm f/4L for use in outdoor sports events, and figured that would be the way to go.

I've also lately noticed a few Canon 100-300mm f/5.6L lenses for sale on both Ebay and FM forums, for not much more (generally in the low $300's US).

Considering there isn't much price differential, which would you go with? Throwing the Tcon on the 70-200 would make it (for all practical purposes) essentially almost the same as the 100-300mm f/5.6. (Yeah, I know, it would actually be a 98-280 f/5.6L).

Can't afford, and don't really need, 2.8 glass right now, since I primarily use the lens for outdoor events where fast shutter speeds are available even at ISO-100 most days. (Though I realize the DOF advantage of a lower f/stop lens).


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Dec 31, 2005 11:55 |  #2
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Neither one of those lenses is really fast enough for sports, and the TC would cause them to lose an additional stop of light. If you're willing to put out the money for a 100-300, you might consider saving a bit more and buying a used 200L with a teleconverter. There are usually good deals on KEH and on Fred Miranda.



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Dec 31, 2005 11:58 |  #3

Sell the Canon and put the money for the TCon towards a Sigma 100-300mm f4. I tried the TCon solution and it doesn't work on the L, though it depends on the light you have. The Sigma is still a better solution in my view.


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Dec 31, 2005 13:34 |  #4

MTalley wrote:
I've been watching prices on Canon 1.4x teleconverters for a while. Looks like the going rate, new or used, is about $280 US.

I've been wanting to extend the range a little on my 70-200mm f/4L for use in outdoor sports events, and figured that would be the way to go.

I've also lately noticed a few Canon 100-300mm f/5.6L lenses for sale on both Ebay and FM forums, for not much more (generally in the low $300's US).

Considering there isn't much price differential, which would you go with? Throwing the Tcon on the 70-200 would make it (for all practical purposes) essentially almost the same as the 100-300mm f/5.6. (Yeah, I know, it would actually be a 98-280 f/5.6L).

Can't afford, and don't really need, 2.8 glass right now, since I primarily use the lens for outdoor events where fast shutter speeds are available even at ISO-100 most days. (Though I realize the DOF advantage of a lower f/stop lens).

Why dont you look at the new canon 70-300 is:D


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Dec 31, 2005 14:38 |  #5

For outdoor events either will work providing enough Sunlight is avaible.

I'd stick with the superior optics and focus of the 70-200mm and add the T-con. :)


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Dec 31, 2005 15:32 |  #6

So many people keep telling me the f/4 is not fast enough for sports. While this may be true at night or in a poorly lit stadium, most all of my work is outside during, at worst, overcast days and, at best, very sunny days. Therefore, even f/5.6 would be more than sufficient. I've found myself dialing in ISO-100 at times with the f/4 to keep the shutter speeds below 1/4000th.

Thanks for all the replies, though. Spending $1,000+ on another lens, even if I sold the f/4L, isn't in the budget for quite a while. When it is, I'll augment or replace the f/4L with something a little faster.


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Dec 31, 2005 15:33 |  #7

If you add a TC to the f4 make sure you have some support such as a monopod.

Personally I would sell the f4, get the 200 f2.8L and the TC. Much better solution.


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Dec 31, 2005 15:50 |  #8

Save the TC or the Sigma, use that money to go get a 70-200mm f/2.8 sell off the f/4


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Dec 31, 2005 15:53 |  #9

I certainly won't argue that the f/2.8 either zoom or prime is a better choice with the 1.4X...

But many sports photogs,. shooting outfoors use the 100-400mm .. which maxes out at f/5.6... I know I've shot some action with it.

Faster aperture is better,. but f/5.6 is by no means out of the question for out door sports... and certainly f/4 isn't a problem at all.


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Dec 31, 2005 16:36 |  #10

I have the 70-200 L 4 w/T1.4 and used it for my grandson games. works great.
BUY THE T CON 1.4 IMHO


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