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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« on: June 23, 2014, 01:24:22 PM »
By request, here's a new thread for this combination.  All of my shots are with the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender III with the 5DIII or 1D X.  I haven't had a chance to get much use out of this set, but here are a few samples:

















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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« on: June 23, 2014, 01:24:22 PM »

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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2014, 01:48:36 PM »
Beautiful images! The 300 with the 2x extender seems to be a great combination.  I use the 2x III with my 70-200 and I find that works great in a pinch.

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2014, 02:12:11 PM »
Those look great. I have the 2x II and have tried to use it on my 200mm f2 among other lenses. I find the 2x II about as useful for taking pictures as a hammer:). Looking at your images, however does spark a bit of interest in the 2x III.

My 1.4x II on the other hand get's quite a bit of use.

I do however get a significant amount of CA on my 1.4x II under harsh mid-day lighting conditions and have considered getting a 1.4x III to see if it's any better.

All in good time...

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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2014, 02:46:58 PM »
Here are a few bird photos taken at random. 300mm /2.8 II + 2xTCIII on 5DIII. Usually f/5.6 and iso 640
5D IV, 5DS R, 400mm DO II, 1.4xTC III, 2xTC III, EF 1.8 STM,  EF 24-105, 100-400 II, EF-S 15-85, Sigma 150-600mm C, EOS-M5 15-45, f/2 22, 11-22, Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye: sold 7D II, EOS-M, Powershot G3 X,  Sigma 10-20, EF 300/2.8 II, 70-200/4 IS.

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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2014, 07:35:28 PM »
Attached is one of the very first shots I took with my 300 F2.8 + Mk3 extender. Note this file is unedited, I have merely JPEGed it and scaled it for web.
Canon 1DX, 7D2, 16-35 F4 L IS, 24-70 F2.8 V2, 100 F2.8 Macro, 100-400 L IS Mk2, 300 F2.8 L IS, 800 F5.6 L IS, Holga Pinhole lens.

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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2014, 09:45:54 PM »
Grey Backed Fiscal taken with 300 + Mk111 extender
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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2014, 10:06:50 PM »
Grey Backed Fiscal taken with 300 + Mk111 extender


Very nice shot Kerry.

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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2014, 10:06:50 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2014, 11:21:01 PM »
For IQ comparison purposes, here's some shots from my 300 2.8 non-IS with 2x TC mkII






Personally, I don't think the IQ differences are too tremendous but the IS, lighter body, and improved AF of the 300 2.8 IS II probably result in a lot more keepers than I get with this ancient artifact

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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2014, 05:03:02 AM »
Thanks Click.
This image has been posted previously but does show the ability of this combination to excel.
Canon 5d mkiii, Canon 7d mkii, Canon 300f2.8 IS mkii, Canon 70-200f2.8 Mkii IS, Canon 100-400 mkii, Canon24-105f4, Canon 1.4 mkiii extender and 2 x extender mkiii

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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2014, 05:27:44 AM »
Eland taken at some distance in Kenya
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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2014, 08:22:07 AM »
Beautiful shots guys.  8)  Well done.

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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2014, 01:06:06 PM »
Thanks for the nice comments and for the other photos - I have a feeling this is going to be a fun thread and I'll post new photos in the future :)
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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2014, 03:14:37 PM »
Here's a few more from this morning:





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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2014, 03:14:37 PM »

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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2014, 04:35:07 PM »
These are beautiful images by all accounts.  I do see slight iq degradation, especially in looking at the fine details in the feathers and hairs of the animals, compared with what the 300 2.8 II can do alone.  I don't know how much of this is due to downgrading of the image to get posted. 

I would be proud to take these pics, don't get me wrong, but I really love when you can see every hair, or very fine feather quill and vein.

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Cameras: 1DXII,5D III, 5D II.  Lenses    24-70 2.8L II IS, 70-200 f4L IS, 70-200 f2.8L IS II, EF 400 5.6L, 300 2.8 IS II, Samyang 14 mm 2.8.   Flashes: 600EX-RT X 2, ST-E3-RT, 580 EX II.
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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2014, 05:18:42 PM »
These are beautiful images by all accounts.  I do see slight iq degradation, especially in looking at the fine details in the feathers and hairs of the animals, compared with what the 300 2.8 II can do alone.  I don't know how much of this is due to downgrading of the image to get posted. 

I would be proud to take these pics, don't get me wrong, but I really love when you can see every hair, or very fine feather quill and vein.

sek
You would lose even more fine details without the 2xTC. You have to get twice as near without the TC to resolve the same level of detail. I like also to capture every detail of feathers, but you have to get close enough to do so, and the 2xTC lets you do it at twice the distance. 
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Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender (II or III)
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2014, 05:18:42 PM »