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HenryL

EOS R5
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Apr 1, 2020
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Nice Alan! now I am going to have to order the 2x LOL because IQ looks really good!
I agree...I had written off the 2x and f/14 as a non-starter. Until very recently, I've struggled a bit with the 100-500 + 1.4x and f/10. To me, f/14 seemed like it would be unusable. With much persistence and the right tools, I'm now getting good results with this combo and thinking (thanks to Alan) that f/14 may not be unreasonable.

Ugh...I hear my B&H card calling me from the desk drawer. :)

One from this past weekend, ISO 5000 + DxO DeepPRIME
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ISO 12800 + DeepPRIME
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jprusa

EOS RP
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Apr 29, 2013
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I agree...I had written off the 2x and f/14 as a non-starter. Until very recently, I've struggled a bit with the 100-500 + 1.4x and f/10. To me, f/14 seemed like it would be unusable. With much persistence and the right tools, I'm now getting good results with this combo and thinking (thanks to Alan) that f/14 may not be unreasonable.

Ugh...I hear my B&H card calling me from the desk drawer. :)

One from this past weekend, ISO 5000 + DxO DeepPRIME
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ISO 12800 + DeepPRIME
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Nice pictures, my 2x will be here next Friday hopefully :)
 

AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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The RF 2x is a bit of luxury with the 100-500mm. It does squeeze out perhaps 20% more resolution than the 1.4x but it's not an extender I would leave on the lens while out on a walk whereas I would with the RF 1.4x, and I could live without it. The cost in the UK is outrageous - £719 = $1000, and the B&H price is only $600. Buying one from the USA and paying full import duties etc would cost $720. So, mine is the first lens I have bought on the grey market. An extender with no moving parts/IS/AF has less to go wrong than with a complex lens and is not much of a gamble to buy though I have had a lemon once. It cost £559 = $780 with full guarantee and 14 days return from a 5*-Trustpilot seller.
For me, it got rid of any GAS for the RF 800 f/11 as it's also a lens I would not carry with me for a day's hiking but I can slip extenders into my pocket as extras.
 
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AlanF

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I am trying out the 100-500mm with the RF 2x extender as a walk around with the R5. It has been a rainy overcast day, and pretty poor conditions for an f./14 lens. Here are a couple of shots of a female Reed Bunting at f/14, 1/1000s and equivalent of iso 3200. The bird was 12-16m away, and these are 100% crops, which haven't been reduced in size by the site, which appears to have stopped reducing the size to 2048px.

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Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Alberta, Canada
The RF 2x is a bit of luxury with the 100-500mm. It does squeeze out perhaps 20% more resolution than the 1.4x but it's not an extender I would leave on the lens while out on a walk whereas I would with the RF 1.4x, and I could live without it. The cost in the UK is outrageous - £719 = $1000, and the B&H price is only $600. Buying one from the USA and paying full import duties etc would cost $720. So, mine is the first lens I have bought on the grey market. An extender with no moving parts/IS/AF has less to go wrong than with a complex lens and is not much of a gamble to buy though I have had a lemon once. It cost £559 = $780 with full guarantee and 14 days return from a 5*-Trustpilot seller.
For me, it got rid of any GAS for the RF 800 f/11 as it's also a lens I would not carry with me for a day's hiking but I can slip extenders into my pocket as extras.
Alan have you tried CPW (Canon Price Watch)? They line you up with a reputable merchant in Canada and you then deal with that Company at a discount they never offer to the public. Almost all my major purchases have come that way but of course there is the issue of warranty for you.

Jack
 

AlanF

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Alan have you tried CPW (Canon Price Watch)? They line you up with a reputable merchant in Canada and you then deal with that Company at a discount they never offer to the public. Almost all my major purchases have come that way but of course there is the issue of warranty for you.

Jack
We don't have CPW here. Canon clearly has higher base prices in Europe, which is why grey market dealers can import cheaply from abroad.
 
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Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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We don't have CPW here. Canon clearly has higher base prices in Europe, which is why grey market dealers can import cheaply from abroad.
CPW functions from within Canada but Americans use it for purchases and I assume anyone could use their service, although shipping could be an issue and warranty is probably restricted to US and Canada.

Jack
 

dcm

It's not the gear. But it helps.
CR Pro
Apr 18, 2013
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Colorado, USA
Backyard visitors. R6, RF800. DxO PL4, crop, camera rendering, default sharpness, deep prime.

The doves have returned to hatch a second brood in the same nest. Read they can have five broods in one season. Getting more details with the RF800 than I noticed in the past - mottled beak and eyelids. And the house reflection in the eyeball (zoom in).
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And a robin searching for lunch in the ground cover mulch.
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