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mx330
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2x Extender Or 50-500mm For Digital Rebel?

Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:11 am

I am thinking of getting some extra zoom for my 300D and surfing BHPhotoVideo I came to two final options.

A Canon 2x II Extender:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=220457&is=GREY

Or a Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=192445&is=USA

What would be better? Any recommendations? Any experience with them?
I think there is a big difference regarding price.

Thanks

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RE: 2x Extender Or 50-500mm For Digital Rebel?

Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:17 am

Which lens are you going to use with the extender??

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RE: 2x Extender Or 50-500mm For Digital Rebel?

Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:26 am

What lens are you thinking of mounting on the extender..?

Your link is for the 50-500mm, I have a 170-500mm Sigma and it a good lens for the money. It's a little soft wide open so you'd have to close it down a bit. I haven't used mine since I got my Canon 100-400L though.

Chris Muir shoots with a 50-500mm Sigma mounted on a Canon 300D and gets fantastic results out of it.

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RE: 2x Extender Or 50-500mm For Digital Rebel?

Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:44 am

I'm planning to use my Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Yes, I meant the Lens on the link. But is the Extender any good?

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RE: 2x Extender Or 50-500mm For Digital Rebel?

Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:25 am

I doubt the converter + 75-300 would work out well. Not only would you loose autofocus, and be stuck with a minimum aperature of something like F11, but the 75-300 is not a "professional" lens and any imperfections would become magnified. Many Canon L lenses can't even handle the 2x converter -- the 100-400 for example.

Get a 170-500. I've used one for a while now and think it's an awesome lens. It'd be perfect if it had USM, IS, and a bit wider minimum aperature... but as is, it produces excellent results. Check out Rez Manzoori's stuff if you need an example:

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?photographersearch=Rez%20Manzoori

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RE: 2x Extender Or 50-500mm For Digital Rebel?

Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:59 am

The Canon 2X extender is not compatible with your lens. You can't even attach it to the 75-300...

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RE: 2x Extender Or 50-500mm For Digital Rebel?

Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:51 am

I guess I'll have to go for the sigma glass, might take me a few months to get the money though...!!!

Thanks for your comments guys, as always very helpful. Smile

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RE: 2x Extender Or 50-500mm For Digital Rebel?

Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:56 am

Isn't it difficult, however, to use this lens wide-open and get good results unless you're using a monopod or tripod?
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