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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2012, 03:03:51 PM »

There's also the extra weight to factor in, there's a reason the 150-500mm is called the Bigma :P. [/quote]

Actually the Bigma is the 50-500mm.   The 150-500mm is the Bigmos.  The Bigma is supposed to have better IQ than the Bigmos.


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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2012, 03:03:51 PM »

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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2012, 03:18:51 PM »


So the question is, should I get:
  • The 1.4x III extender for my 100-400L
  • The Sigma 150-500 mm lens. I intend to keep the 100-400L.

What experience do you have on the Canon 100-400L + 1.4x
                           OR
The sigma 150-500 mm Lens

Thanks in advance.

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Rustom

I got a sigma 150-500mm as my first long telephoto lens.  I still have it and use it for airshows where the zoom is a big advantage, but the IQ doesn't compare to my Canon 400mm f5.6L.  I can crop to better image quality with the 400mm and  the IQ using a Kenko 300 1.4x on the 400mm is still better than the Sigma

I think you would be better getting the 1.4x converter, than the Sigma 150-500mm.
There's also the extra weight to factor in, there's a reason the 150-500mm is called the Bigma :P. That in itself will potentially degrade IQ if handholding (which is usual for the most common use of birds in flight). There are some that insist that the Sigma has better IQ than the 100-400m, but most reviews indicate otherwise. Even those who state on forums that the 150-500 is sharper though, concede the point on contrast. However, whether the 100-400 would still have better contrast with the 1.4 extender is debatable, I never actually tried it on my 100-400 before I sold it, let alone performed any comparisons.

If you are you get better resolution from 100-400 than you do with the sigma 150-500mm. The extra 100mm is not a huge difference (25%) but the resolution on the 100-400 is much better. The sigma does have better image stabilization though but you should be able to crank the ISO pretty high on the 5dIII and it shouldn't be an issue. The overall image quality is a good deal better. The big sigma zooms have considerable quality control issues too so buyer beware. I have a 50-500mm sigma (and I've compared it pretty thoroughly to the 100-400mm that a friend has) and my petite wife has no difficulty doing birds in flight with it and whipping it around quickly even for extended periods of time. The weight and size makes it easier in my opinion for BIF because it is easier to steady than a smaller lens. If you upgrade your firmware you will be able to focus up to f8 without an issue. I recommend pretty strongly against the Canon 1.4 III TC. The IQ is virtually identical to the 1.4 II and the kenko 1.4 300DX but it is 2x the price. Its a good idea if you are going to buy a series II lens as there is a chip in there which improves autofocus with the latest round of big whites. There is a tiny difference between the 1.4 II and the 1.4 III TC and that difference becomes even smaller when you get a kenko instead of the 1.4 II. I love my kenko 1.4 and it also gives you the benefit of using other AF points other than the center one on the 5dIII at f8. You should be able to get much better results with a cropped 5dIII than a 300d. Its not even close even in great light. You have smaller photodiodes so you're putting more MP on your subject and the photodiodes are MARKEDLY better. A 7D will put more photdiodes on your subject than a 5dIII but need to be no higher than ISO 400 to see an improvement over the 5dIII and it will be a splitting hairs type difference. The better AF on the 5dIII will more than make up for the greater pixel density on the 7d in real world applications.

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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2012, 03:43:30 PM »
I miss the reach of my 300D and the 100-400L. With that combination I thought I got 640 mm focal length. Then I bought the 5D3. And the 400 mm seems to be - well, 400 mm! So I decided to get back to Rithmetic. Well, 400 x 1.4 = 560. 5.6 x 1.4 = 7.84! Wow! that is less than f8. And hopefully, Canon will deliver next year - meaning 2013 on f8 focus.

Now There is the Sigma 150-500 that is a f5-6.3!

So the question is, should I get:
  • The 1.4x III extender for my 100-400L
  • The Sigma 150-500 mm lens. I intend to keep the 100-400L.

What experience do you have on the Canon 100-400L + 1.4x
                           OR
The sigma 150-500 mm Lens

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Rustom

hmm your 5D3 actually has MORE reach, FOV hardly matters when you are distance limited, pixels per Yeti is what counts, so for once we actually see the beast clearly. And your 5D3 will toss more pixels on a Yeti if distance to Yeti is the same and you use the same focal length lens on both cameras. The 300D puts only 6.3MP onto an APS-C frame while the 5D3 puts a touch over 8MP onto an APS-C frame. Don't let the Yeti win! Use the 5D3!

(Plus it focuses way better and you will get crisp details on your shot and clearly be able to see that it is a man in a white fur coat instead of a mysterious foggy, fuzzy Yeti-like thing taken with the 300D.)

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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2012, 04:05:02 PM »
You need to do some more Rithmetic.   ;)

The 300D at 400mm gives you a 640mm FF-equivalent FoV, and a 6.3 MP image.  The 5DIII at 400mm gives you a 400mm FoV, and a 22 MP image.  If you crop the 5DIII image to the 640mm FoV, you'll have an 8.6 MP image with better IQ than the 300D image.

As I've said before, the 'crop factor' reach is an illusion when it comes to IQ - the only thing you're usually giving up is MP in the final image...and in the case of an old APS-C camera like the 300D, you're actually gaining MP with the cropped FF image.

+1...with Neuro. I shoot raw with 5D III. I'm not afraid to crop 50% - 70%. Detail still there.
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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2012, 09:09:52 PM »
Depending on the lens and camera, a cropped image on a shorter lens may give more detail than a longer lens. For example, sigma has a 150-500 and a 120-400.  My personal experience was that the 120-400 was able to resolve more detail than the 150-500..... And neither lens will touch the Canon 400mm.

I have tried teleconverters on all 3 lenses and despite the 1.4 times magnification, on the sigma lenses the cropped pictures without the teleconverters showed more detail, the Canon 400mm was slightly better, but not by any significant amount.

This seems to tell me that the limitation is the resolving power of the lens. Adding a teleconverter further degrades the image. To get improvements with a teleconverter you need a high quality lens and a high quality teleconverter, high enough quality that the combination is still above the resolving quality of the sensor.

An APS-C sensor, with its higher pixel density, will reach this resolving limitation sooner than a FF sensor..... So although it may have a longer reach, unless you have super quality lenses, it will be a poorer quality longer reach, and that's why in so many cases the FF camera with shorter reach shows more detail on that far away object.
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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2012, 11:20:21 PM »
All,

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and pictures. I guess until I can afford a Canon 500 or 600 mm lens I will stick with a 1.4x multiplier. In Feb I expect Canon will release the updated firmware so that the 5D3 will be able to focus with f8. I know you guys even showed me what pins to tape so I might even try that...

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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2012, 08:28:55 AM »
All,

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and pictures. I guess until I can afford a Canon 500 or 600 mm lens I will stick with a 1.4x multiplier. In Feb I expect Canon will release the updated firmware so that the 5D3 will be able to focus with f8. I know you guys even showed me what pins to tape so I might even try that...

Rustom

No need to tape pins, I've used my 1dIV with a kenko 2x on a friends 100-400 and it focused at f11 accurately in low light although it took an obscene amount of time. With a kenko TC it sends back some of the data but it does not force the camera to use central AF points or to stop AF. When the photo imported into Lightroom the EXIF data still shows the TC adjusted focal length and correct aperture but for some reason it doesn't lock out small aperture AF. As I said before the kenko 1.4x performs just as well as the canon 1.4x III TC (the 2x however is a different story, the canon does have a clear advantage). I highly recommend purchasing a kenko 1.4x over the canon 1.4x. You save $200, have no need to tape pins, get the same great IQ and if you want to get crazy and stack TCs you don't need to use extension tubes. The only reason to go with a canon 1.4x III right now is weather sealing and/or the improved servo AF with the new series II canon supertelephoto primes.

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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2012, 08:28:55 AM »

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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2012, 08:40:08 AM »
All,

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and pictures. I guess until I can afford a Canon 500 or 600 mm lens I will stick with a 1.4x multiplier. In Feb I expect Canon will release the updated firmware so that the 5D3 will be able to focus with f8. I know you guys even showed me what pins to tape so I might even try that...

Rustom

No need to tape pins, I've used my 1dIV with a kenko 2x on a friends 100-400 and it focused at f11 accurately in low light although it took an obscene amount of time. With a kenko TC it sends back some of the data but it does not force the camera to use central AF points or to stop AF. When the photo imported into Lightroom the EXIF data still shows the TC adjusted focal length and correct aperture but for some reason it doesn't lock out small aperture AF. As I said before the kenko 1.4x performs just as well as the canon 1.4x III TC (the 2x however is a different story, the canon does have a clear advantage). I highly recommend purchasing a kenko 1.4x over the canon 1.4x. You save $200, have no need to tape pins, get the same great IQ and if you want to get crazy and stack TCs you don't need to use extension tubes. The only reason to go with a canon 1.4x III right now is weather sealing and/or the improved servo AF with the new series II canon supertelephoto primes.
I have been told that on another thread I started. Unfortunately, where I stay, no brick-and-mortar shop sells Kenko :(

I would not buy from Amazon or eBay as I am from India. Also it has been pointed out to me that weatherproofing may be an issue with the Kenko TCs. The price difference is not spectacular so I am opting for canon 1.4x...

Now if I buy a 1D4 as a second body in some time, I might think about a 2x Kenko when I travel to the US...

Thanks for the inputs.

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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2012, 08:42:45 AM »
:) What can I say? As far as I can compute 300D = 10D * 30
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so 300D > 10D algebraically.
The 10D works on all Canon gear. The 5D3 doesn't. So as far as I see you are getting the better end of the deal.  ;D
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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2012, 08:49:50 AM »
You need to do some more Rithmetic.   ;)

The 300D at 400mm gives you a 640mm FF-equivalent FoV, and a 6.3 MP image.  The 5DIII at 400mm gives you a 400mm FoV, and a 22 MP image.  If you crop the 5DIII image to the 640mm FoV, you'll have an 8.6 MP image with better IQ than the 300D image.

As I've said before, the 'crop factor' reach is an illusion when it comes to IQ - the only thing you're usually giving up is MP in the final image...and in the case of an old APS-C camera like the 300D, you're actually gaining MP with the cropped FF image.
You are right. I cant believe I did this calculation and forgot about it. I think it is perceived reach had my camera been a 7D/60D/650D...

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Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2012, 08:49:50 AM »