Flighthelmets From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4550 times:
Thanks to all those people who have offered advice to me in relation to my new Canon 20D and operation. As previously mentioned I purchased the 20D and Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM for Aviation (Air Show) photography. I'm off to NAS Oceana in Sept from home here in Australia. I want to maximize my opportunity to photograph the "Tomcat" before its withdrawal from service. I found that at the NAS Oceana 2004 show my Nikon 70-200 mm was just a little short on "legs" even given the 1.6 digital factor.
I have also purchased a Canon EF 2 X II Extender with the Canon kit mentioned above. My query is will I lose image quality if I go for the 70-200mm f/2.8 and 2 X Extender over say lashing out and purchasing a EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM. Which of the 2 scenarios will give me the best results given that I will be shooting some very fast military jets.
Thanks in advance to those who are going to offer advice
Fiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4518 times:
I do believe if you are going to get the 2x extender, I would stick to the 70-200 2.8. It's sharper, faster and you lose AF on the 100-400 with any TC on it I believe. It might lose AF only on certain bodies but if I remember, no matter the body, you lose AF on the 100-400 with any TC attached.
Jderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1760 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4496 times:
I don't think he's asking about using the extender with the 100-400, but rather which would be better?...70-200 & 2x OR 100-400. personally, i have the 70-200 with a 1.4x, and i'm likely going to pick up a 2x before oceana. of course, to maintain that L quality with the 2x on the 70-200, you will most likely need to stop it down to f9-11. when i have the 1.4x on i usually shoot in Av at f8. of course with the 20D, you can easily bump the iso up to 200 if you need to maintain a faster shutter speed (which, considering its oceana, you will need a fast shutter speed)
i would stick with the 70-200. that will be the set up i will be using at oceana in 2 months. plus, you will still have the 70-200 2.8 which would probably come in very handy at the night show