5DIII and 100-400 Question

Started Jun 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
qianp2k
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Re: 5DIII and 100-400 Question
In reply to bhollis, Jun 3, 2013

bhollis wrote:

qianp2k wrote:

5D3 works very well with bare 100-400L and AF fast.

I tried 5D3 and 100-400L with 1.4x TC III. It still AF OK under good light but its sharpness is noticeably worse and AF hung under poor light or impractical to track on fast moving subjects. It's not very practical in general to use TC with 100-400L.

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No real surprise that IQ suffers a little with the TC.  But here's the question:  AF issues aside, in focal length limited situations (which are common with wildlife shooting), do you get better IQ with the TC or shooting without the TC and cropping to the same fov you'd get with the TC.  I suspect it's the former.

It depends. I actually have bunch of shots with 100-400L + 1.4x TC III on 5DIII on the above lions at the same spot at the same scene. They are bigger certainly but I still prefer ones without TCs by cropping more as without TC ones are still sharper after cropping. In other side, with small birds I could see the value of TCs although I have not tested myself nor I have seen others' tests to prove 100-400L with 1.4x TC will be better than w/o TC but more cropping in certain scenarios. The only problem is that this lens 100-400L doesn't work well with TC. Depends on what lenses. 300L/4.0 IS (no mention 300L/2.8 IS) or maybe 400L/5.6 works (much) better with TC.

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