Manually focusing EF 400 F/5.6 with 1.4x teleconverter on 5D-II

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Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr.
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Manually focusing EF 400 F/5.6 with 1.4x teleconverter on 5D-II
Feb 22, 2014

I just bought an 1.4x II extender to use with my 400mm 5.6 L (prime) on a 5DII. The first tests are disappointing: I will have to learn to focus manually. I guess that I will improve with practice.

In the meantime, I appreciate your advice on how to do it. Here are a few questions:

- Is there a software hack (such as the Magic Lantern) that will allow the 5DII to auto-focus at F/8?

- I don’t think that a different focusing screen will help: the Eg-D only adds grid lines, and the Eg-S works only for lenses of 2.8 or more maximum aperture. Am I wrong? Is there another focusing screen?

- I am afraid of covering the electronic pins on the tele-converter with a tape that will leave residues on the pins/contacts. Is there a safe way to cover these pins so that the camera will A.focus at F/8?

Have any other advice for me? How can I improve my technique?

Many thanks,


This was the best I could do

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Here I did a horrible job manual focusing!!

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 Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr.'s gear list:Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr.'s gear list
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