« on: March 29, 2014, 05:24:24 AM »
I shot a play a few weeks ago and my 70-200mmii/5Diii performed admirably, but I found myself wanting a little more reach in the outer aisles of the theater. I've been thinking about getting a teleconverter for awhile but I'm not sure which one to get...Teleconverters do have their place, particularly for wildlife shooters and some sports shooters. But shooting theatre? I wouldn't get a TC at all, even f/2.8 stretches the friendship. Giving away a whole stop makes a TC a complete non-starter for theatre work. No-one shoots a typical theatre production with f/4 or slower glass. All you'll get are dreary completely static shots except in rare, very brightly lit sequences. Dynamic theatre shots sell better, and you'll get return business. I'd try making different compositions with more space around your subjects, or consider a f/2.8 300is. I take the f/2.8 300 to theatre jobs, but would only use it briefly on about one-in-ten jobs. Or there is always the famous, free walk-in zoom. (I'm assuming you're shooting final dress-rehearsals rather than public performances with their necessary strict noise and movement restrictions)
Bottom line for your theatre work? TC-x1.4 or TC-x2? Don't get either. Just refine your technique to suit the situation.