JetJock22
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The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:38 am

I need a new camera lens. The problem is, I can't afford a 50-500 which is what I really want right now. Would I be better off going with a 2x teleconverter for my 75-300 for the time being? And if so, what is it going to boost my viewing power up to? I am just worried about losing quality through the converter.
 
timdegroot
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:40 am

If you use Canon you can't even use the converters on the consumer lenses (probably the same with Nikon). But I wouldn't use any converter on a consumer lens. Quality will not be good.

Be patient and save up for the 50-500

Tim
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aero145
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:41 am

75-300mm x 2 = 150-600mm.

If the lens is f/4-5.6, it'll turn out to be f/8-11, and that's not enough aperture to get auto focus.

The viewfinder will be VERY dark.

The quality will suck, if the lens is not very good, it'll be horrible with the extender.

I'd really try to save for the 50-500 rather than extending the 75-300.

EDIT: Tim beat me by 27 seconds!

[Edited 2006-11-12 16:46:50]
 
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:50 am

Quoting Timdegroot (Reply 1):
Quality will not be good.



Quoting Timdegroot (Reply 1):
The quality will suck, if the lens is not very good, it'll be horrible with the extender.



Quoting Timdegroot (Reply 1):
Be patient and save up for the 50-500



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 2):
I'd really try to save for the 50-500 rather than extending the 75-300.

Ditto on all points! Save your pennies.

Danny
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:15 am

Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 3):
Quoting Timdegroot (Reply 1):
The quality will suck, if the lens is not very good, it'll be horrible with the extender.

Well Danny, I said this, not Tim.  Silly
 
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Fiveholer
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:42 am

Hahaha, what can I say. I just used the quote feature and that's what happened! Besides, I'd rather quote a Canon shooter! Big grin Wink duck 

danny
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:13 am

Quoting Timdegroot (Reply 1):
If you use Canon you can't even use the converters on the consumer lenses (probably the same with Nikon).

I think you're right Tim, it's similar with Nikon. The TC xx II series will generally work with the longer AF-S lenses, but not with older or consumer level lenses. The 1.4x and 1.7x TC's get pretty good reviews, but the 2x has had some poor reviews. After doing lots of research I went with the 1.7x and it's performed pretty well.

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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:44 pm

Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 5):
Besides, I'd rather quote a Canon shooter!

Haha you know me better than that!  duck 
 
Dehowie
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:53 pm

What Tim said.......
Patience,its worth it.

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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:02 pm

Yup, i dont even like using a 2x on my 70-200LIS or 100-400LIS let alone a 75-300 consumer lens.

Save for the bigma.

Chris
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:56 am

Quoting Timdegroot (Reply 1):
Be patient and save up for the 50-50

Do you think the 100-400L of canon is better than the 50-500mm?
I see this lens higher in quality!!
Malcolm
 
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:42 am

Quoting AirMalta (Reply 10):
Do you think the 100-400L of canon is better than the 50-500mm?

The two examples of 100-400L I've tried were a lot sharper than the 50-500 I tried. I think it's very easy to see that a 4x zoom L-lens from Canon makes higher quality photos than a 10x zoom EX-lens from Sigma... Just the look of it... IMO
 
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RE: The Teleconverter Dilema

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:20 am

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 9):
Save for the bigma.

Alternatively, consider the 170 - 500. It's cheaper and I'm very happy with mine but, like the "Bigma", it really needs good light.

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