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Yes. Sharp beak and those little stray feathers where the beak connects to the head. Not sure what they are called. The final image looks like it has a bit of 2X itis. The 2x is a tricky one. Sometimes it's amazing and sometimes it's just not. Sort of a blessing and curse. I like having it in the bag but I don't use it as much as I used to.

edit: I'm kind of curious to see what the R's can do with 2x's. I have found that if I can focus with live view on a DSLR it improves the reliablilty of the AF with a 2x. The existing R doesn't appear to be great with long lenses but that should get better with either firmware updates or new models.
 
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Jack Douglas

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Cannot agree more - yet scouting for reputable local tour guides and booking your own travel / lodging can make the difference!
Wiebe, it's a busy time right now but I'll likely PM you sometime for some ideas. People are getting killed in areas that don't have the best security or a society like ours and that concerns both my wife and I, in particular when one would like to have their best gear along. I was thinking I really want to go to Costa Rica but ... I think a group is far better than a couple but I can't easily assemble family members and would have difficulty likewise outside the family. I did visit Peru "economically" with my wife and kids long ago so I know that certain activities can be accomplished relatively inexpensively.

Going through old shots and found this, probably never even viewed after shooting with the 6D. Now with the 1DX2 I generate even more shots that might be worthy but they just pile up and get forgotten.
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AlanF

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Yes. Sharp beak and those little stray feathers where the beak connects to the head. Not sure what they are called. The final image looks like it has a bit of 2X itis. The 2x is a tricky one. Sometimes it's amazing and sometimes it's just not. Sort of a blessing and curse. I like having it in the bag but I don't use it as much as I used to.

edit: I'm kind of curious to see what the R's can do with 2x's. I have found that if I can focus with live view on a DSLR it improves the reliablilty of the AF with a 2x. The existing R doesn't appear to be great with long lenses but that should get better with either firmware updates or new models.
The 2xTCIII works very well with the 400 DO II on the 5DIV and has very consistent focus. But, the 5DIV is held back by its AA-filter. A bare 100-400mm II on the 5DSR gives better resolution than the same lens with the 1.4xTC on the 5DIV.
 
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IMO the issues with the 2x go beyond just AF. Even when focused in magnified live view which should be ideal focus it can be a bit mushy with low contrast at times. At least with my copy. I've never owned a camera without an AA so i'll have to take your word on how much of a difference that makes. My main body is only 20 MP's so large crops don't really work for me regardless.
 

AlanF

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The 2xTCIII does lower the higher frequency MTFs (30 cycles/mm) on the 300mm f/2.8 II to ~0.5, which is similar to the 1.4xTCIII on the 100-400mm II, with smaller attenuations of the 20 cy/mm values:
http://www.objektivtest.se/tester/canon-extender-ef-2x-iii-test/
http://www.objektivtest.se/tester/canon-extender-ef-14x-iii-test/
http://www.objektivtest.se/tester/canon-ef-100-400-mm-f45-56-l-is-ii-usm-test/
There is a hit on fine detail using the 2xTC but the extra focal length more than makes up for it. The hit is significantly higher with the 2xTC than with the 1.4xTC on the same lens.
My favourite combination is the 400mm DO II + 1.4xTCIII on the 5DSR. But, it would be unfair on my wife for me to use that and give her the 5DIV with the 100-400mm II + 1.4xTC when we travel together - not that the 5DIV combo is bad but it can't compete with the 5DSR combo for IQ.
 

Jack Douglas

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Thanks click and the rest of you (lazy). Alan, what is your next serious camera/lens going to be or maybe more appropriately what are you wanting in a camera that would make you purchase another? I'm torn between the best features/quality vs the best for travel.

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AlanF

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I like the IQ from the 5DSR so much I would go for either a 50 mpx 5 series II or R series without an AA-filter or an APS-C 7III or R equivalent with 20-24mpx without a filter. I’d couple those with a 100-400mm II for travel. For lighter weight still and smaller size, the Sony RX10IV is unbeatable. But, the current Canon combo of the 5DSR and 100-400mm II (plus 1.4xTC) keeps me very happy. For heavier weight, as you know, I like the 400mm DO II. A 400mm ER f/5.6 would be exciting to go with a new R series for light weight but the current zoom is so good and flexible. Canon needs to make a competitor to the Nikon D850 and the lightweight Nikkor lenses.
 

Jack Douglas

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Thanks Alan. I think I'm with you on the advice you're passing. I too have not waned in love for the 400 but it's so big for travel. We are, in fact, tentatively lining up a trip to Costa Rica in March but it won't be guided. Out of the blue came an opportunity to volunteer for a church project of an expansion of a school in Guayabo. Not inexpensive but a good cause and some spin-off opportunities after getting to know some local folk. Having an Hispanic wife will help too.

I'm guessing I'd kick myself if I didn't have my usual 800mm, especially since I'm limited to 20 MP. Now is it possible another Canon camera will arrive before March - not likely. Buy that Sony?? I didn't like Nikon's ergonomics so how would I enjoy Sony?

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AlanF

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Thanks Alan. I think I'm with you on the advice you're passing. I too have not waned in love for the 400 but it's so big for travel. We are, in fact, tentatively lining up a trip to Costa Rica in March but it won't be guided. Out of the blue came an opportunity to volunteer for a church project of an expansion of a school in Guayabo. Not inexpensive but a good cause and some spin-off opportunities after getting to know some local folk. Having an Hispanic wife will help too.

I'm guessing I'd kick myself if I didn't have my usual 800mm, especially since I'm limited to 20 MP. Now is it possible another Canon camera will arrive before March - not likely. Buy that Sony?? I didn't like Nikon's ergonomics so how would I enjoy Sony?

Jack
Either send us a selfie of kicking yourself or take the mighty 1DXII + 400mm.