New zoom lens vs extender

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jvc1 Senior Member • Posts: 2,138
Re: New zoom lens vs extender

Neen303 wrote:

I’m a VERY amateur Mum photographer of my (adult) kids’ sports - mostly field hockey. I currently photograph their games with my Canon EOS 60D with a Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8 L USM lens that I’ve owned for seven or eight years.

While I’m mostly happy with the shots I take, I’m thinking about trying to buy something with a longer zoom. Spending thousands to buy a 400mm+ zoom is out of the question - I’m looking at the very cheap end of the market.

So, I’m trying to decide between buying a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens or getting a Canon 1.4x EF Teleconverter Extender Mark III to use with my existing lens. The extender is about double the price of the 75-300mm lens, but I’ve read good reviews about using it with L series zoom lenses like the one I already have.

The question is, am I wasting my time (and money!) thinking about either of these solutions? Will the increase to 300mm come at the expense of image quality if I buy that lens? What about the extender? Is it a reasonable solution to achieving what I want, with less loss of quality than using a cheap lens? Or do I just stick with my 70-200mm and try to manoeuvre myself closer to the action?

Thanks in advance for your opinions and advice!


Whatever you do, don't buy the 75-300. It's widely considered to be one of the worst lenses Canon makes. There are a lot of options. The 70-300 USM is said to be very good. I've seen many posts in these forums saying that the Canon TC on your lens works very well too. Those are sometime available in Canon's Refurb. Store. You could look for a used or refurb. Canon 100-400 MkI, or the EF 400 f/5.6 (no zoom though). Going bigger you could look for a used Sigma / Tamron 150-600 too. Lots to think about, good luck with your decision.

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