This is a first post and I'm new to DSLRs. I'm retired and have been drawn back into photography by a friend as of a year ago. I bought a Nikon D5100 and a AF-S 70-300 VR and got lots of pretty cool shots of wildlife over the last year. Enough to have become very enthused and as a result the two of us started talking about what we wished we had. Having owned Canon - an F1 and three lenses way back, I always was pro-Canon and so in February I bought the 6D (saving money for glass wrt the 5D3) and the 24-70 F4 (wanted some limited macro capability) and the 300 F2.8 II with 1.4X and 2X III extenders. I'm passing my Nikon gear to my daughter.
After playing for about a month I have been rather disappointed in the results I've been getting with the 300 and so I've sent the body, 300, 1.4X and 2X in for a warranty checkup (sure hope they're back for our birding season). I'd really like to get some feedback on my results from those who have experience with this lens combo and preferably the 6D to help me judge what's up. There isn't a huge amount to photograph in the depth of winter so I don't have a lot to post but I'll start with this one. I'm hoping some kind folk who own the 300 may be able to interact with me off the forum to evaluate a few shots. I'm not very familiar with the rules and procedures of the forum so some feedback in that regard would be appreciated (what size photos to post, info to include etc.)
I do like the camera and am very happy with the remote shooting capabilites I now have (that was not a gimmick or useless for me and swayed me away from the 5D3 for the dollar). I love the high ISO and low light capability too.
However, I am now kind of watching and wondering if a 7D Mk II wouldn't be a nice addition some day soon as I miss the crop sensor reach with the 300.
Thanks in advance for your advice and feedback.
Jack, Alberta, Canada
6D 300 F2.8 X2 1/1600 F5.6 ISO 400 Tried to post 2.2 MB file but it said it was too big??
Hi, a few things to remember with longer lenses.
Shooting with longer lenses do require proper technique to get sharp images, tuck elbows into your body, and press camera firm towards your face when handholding, breathing etc.
Shooting through other glass (windows, car windscreen) will very often produce soft images, this seems to get worse with larger the front element of the lens is.
That said, we use a 300 2.8 IS II with 2x III converter on a 5dIII/1DIV for birds with great results.
Sharpness of the 300 2.8 IS II with 2x seems close to our 500 4 IS II with 1.4x.