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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1070 times:

I'm looking at getting a 2x teleconverter, can someone show some examples of what has been taken with one of theese?

Also, will the converter fit Both a Minolta Maxxum 7000, and a Dynax 5, or are there differences?

Thanks,

Staffan

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User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1012 times:

ok you asked for examples, here are some using a Soligor 2x on a Sigma 100-300 on a Minolta 500Si, the most crapy use of three different systems/brands. Please note that this pics were all on excelent clear sunny days using manual focus. I don't suggest you a cheap teleconverter, you'll be very tired of it very quick.

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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 996 times:

Thanks alot!! The price I was told for the minolta converter was about 220$. A bit much, so I'm trying to get one second hand.

Staffan


User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 996 times:

My Soligor was around US$135, but a really frustating equipment, I can't use Auto focus and I can't shoot on cloudy days. I'll try to buy a Canon 2x sometime in the future.

Luis


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 986 times:

Luis,

it doesn't matter how EXPENSIVE the teleconverter - almost all cameras need a wide open aperture of F5.6 or greater to autofocus. A 2x converter reduces your max. aperture by 2 stops, so to autofocus using a 2x converter means your original lens needs to be F2.8 or better.





User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 976 times:

Chris,

I've got a 75-300/4.5-5.6, should I just forget about a converter? I really don't want to spend money if I can't get good quality.

Regards,

Staffan


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 976 times:

Well, bear in mind that the loss of two stops is going to turn your lens into a 150-600mm F9-F11. So, quality aside, how practical would you find a 600mm F11?

User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 970 times:

I'll just rob a bank and buy a 600/f4 instead Big grin

Thanks, you're right, it might not be so wise after all...

Regards,

Staffan


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 740 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 979 times:

Pros and cons - if you NEED the reach, you have to get a teleconvertor or have access to lots of cash for a long prime lens. I use a Canon 2x with a Canon 300 f4 and am very pleased with the results -


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The alternative is approx £8,000 for the Canon 600mm f4!

But Chris makes a very important point - many cameras will not autofocus with a teleconvertor attached - one of the reasons I chose the EOS 3 for my replacement system was the fact that it could still autofocus with an effective aperture of f8, but this facility is rare, and it must be said that autofocus is much slower with the convertor attached.

But that aside, image quality should not be a problem if you buy a top quality convertor. Experience with "bargain" convertors suggests these are a mistake.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 964 times:

As my camera was bought in 1985, the autofocus is so slow that I can't even focus at a moving aircraft (perhaps if it's taxiing), I always shoot in MF. So not having the fucus available is no big problem, quality is however important to me. I was looking at a Minolta converter.

Regards,

Staffan


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 967 times:

Well, the quality issue depends on your optics overall. A teleconverter will only make a poor lens worse. Having said that, many professional photographers will shoot with a converter on an already long (and expensive) lens, in order to avoid an even MORE expensive (and ridiculous) lens.

I shoot with a Sigma 70-200 F2.8 + Sigma's matched "ex" 2x converter when I need it - the results are good, but the glass is significantly more costly than what you have (samples below). My only occasion to try an inexpensive teleconverter with a 70-300 F5.6 zoom, a few years ago, was disappointing, and I would not recommend it, unless you don't mind spending the money on experimenting. It might well work for you (after all, Luis has some fine shots), if you accept the likely limitations.


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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 960 times:

Thanks, your photos are really great  Big thumbs up

I'll see if I can borrow one to start with to see if it will work out. The lense I use is apparently a rather good one. I bet the best thing is to us a minolta converter with a minolta lense, is that correct??

Regards,

Staffan


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