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Jul 28, 2013 10:34 |  #466

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Not yet Chris. Just trying to find the time to run through the various combinations! Yes, I'm sometimes on PH. Usually in the birds subsection of the photography forum!

I'd be very interested in the results. Come October, I shall either be buying a 1DX with 300 2.8 ii, or 5D3 with 500 F4 ii (plus converters for each) to cover wildlife and motorsport.

The 1DX and 300 option is currently winning!


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Jul 28, 2013 13:58 as a reply to  @ nellyle's post |  #467

Further on the 1Dx and 300mm plus 2x TC III. I was using this combination in my garden today focusing on close objects when I caught sight of a distant bird of prey passing by overhead. The 1Dx went from virtually MFD to long distance very quickly (see the first shot below and remember this bird was photographed at 600mm, to look at it was not much more than a speck in the sky, that's how far away it was) and the AF locked on first time. I took six shots, all of which were correctly focused as it flew past. The second shot is a 100% crop of the first image. Really, apart from the cost, the only downside to this combination is the weight which for me is approaching the limit of what I'd want to hand hold for any length of time.

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Edit: I took this to be a juv Kestrel when I first saw the images. Now on getting some advice it's more likely to be a Peregrine. So I'm delighted, a first for me.



  
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Jul 28, 2013 18:25 |  #468

2slo wrote in post #16161042 (external link)
Further on the 1Dx and 300mm plus 2x TC III. I was using this combination in my garden today focusing on close objects when I caught sight of a distant bird of prey passing by overhead. The 1Dx went from virtually MFD to long distance very quickly (see the first shot below and remember this bird was photographed at 600mm, to look at it was not much more than a speck in the sky, that's how far away it was) and the AF locked on first time. I took six shots, all of which were correctly focused as it flew past. The second shot is a 100% crop of the first image. Really, apart from the cost, the only downside to this combination is the weight which for me is approaching the limit of what I'd want to hand hold for any length of time.

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Edit: I took this to be a juv Kestrel when I first saw the images. Now on getting some advice it's more likely to be a Peregrine. So I'm delighted, a first for me.

Would be interesting to put it on 5D MK3, I believed they are same AF with 1dx. It might be a little lighter on weight and price.


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Jul 29, 2013 00:41 as a reply to  @ marlonie's post |  #469

2x tc and 100% crop, now that's impressive IQ.


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Jul 29, 2013 14:04 |  #470

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I just bought this lens today.

Wish I had known - could have maybe done a deal on mine (hardly used at all) ahh well. Have fun - great shots by the way

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Jul 29, 2013 14:27 |  #471

Hope you don't mind, but as a prospective buyer, why are you getting rid?


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Jul 29, 2013 14:35 |  #472

nellyle wrote in post #16164034 (external link)
Hope you don't mind, but as a prospective buyer, why are you getting rid?

Don't mind at all - I just find that for me, I'm not using it anywhere as much as I should (been left in the bag at home for weeks) as most of my racing is trackside I prefer the versatility of the 70-200 especially being that close to the action.

Part of me say's keep it for when the seasons over but another part is saying sell it - I have an interested party willing to pay 4300 for it with boxes etc (collecting it) but can only do so if / when he gets the funds together.

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Jul 29, 2013 14:57 |  #473

Thanks

So not a quality issue!


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Jul 29, 2013 15:54 |  #474

nellyle wrote in post #16164126 (external link)
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So not a quality issue!

Hand on heart - it's probably THE highest quality lens I have ever owned both in build and in actual photo quality, tried it on the 7D, 1D mk4 and the 5D mk3 and it's been faultless on every one - and yes that includes using the 1.4 and the 2x extenders.

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Jul 29, 2013 16:08 |  #475

David Stallard wrote in post #16164278 (external link)
Hand on heart - it's probably THE highest quality lens I have ever owned both in build and in actual photo quality, tried it on the 7D, 1D mk4 and the 5D mk3 and it's been faultless on every one - and yes that includes using the 1.4 and the 2x extenders.

You won't be disappointed when you get yours.

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I can't believe you leave yours gathering dust. Granted, the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II is more versatile with it's zoom capability but the IQ of the 300mm is just so good I've hardly been able to use anything else since I got mine.




  
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Jul 31, 2013 17:46 as a reply to  @ 2slo's post |  #476

I just placed an order for the 300 II and 2x III (already have the 1.4x III)

I'm so excited that I have to tell somebody! :)


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Jul 31, 2013 17:56 |  #477

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #16170844 (external link)
I just placed an order for the 300 II and 2x III (already have the 1.4x III)

I'm so excited that I have to tell somebody! :)

I understand that. Well done, you'll love it :)




  
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Jul 31, 2013 19:57 as a reply to  @ 2slo's post |  #478

Can anyone recommend a screw-in ND filter? Any particular brand?

I shoot air shows at slow shutter speeds to capture prop blur. In bright sunlight the resulting high f stop number (often f16 - f20) means dust on my sensor shows up on the image. I'd like to try an ND filter, perhaps .3 or .6 ND. The 300 f2.8 II comes with a drop in filter holder for gelatin filters. For ease of use, I'd like to buy the screw-in filter holder.

BTW, another forum member who shoots with the 500 II reports a loss of image sharpness when he used a screw-in filter with a tc. He recommends a gelatin filter. Has anyone experienced this with the 300 II ?

Thanks in advance.


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Aug 01, 2013 16:22 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #479

I haven't bought the drop in filter Canon makes for the 300mm or, for that matter, any other filter for it, so I can't answer your question, sorry.

Here's a shot from a couple of days ago I just processed. 600mm (300mm + 2x TC III). 100% crop:

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Aug 01, 2013 19:49 as a reply to  @ 2slo's post |  #480

The obligatory duck shot. (Google it)

Looks sharp, crisp, and colorful Mark. Great lens, and image.




  
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