Hi Friends - I'm seeking help and advise for some very soft (not sharp) soccer photos that I took today.
Canon EOS 70D
Canon 70-200 2.8 IS USM II
Canon Extender 1.4x (just used for the first time today)
Settings: 1/2000, F4.0, Auto ISO (100 - 320), AWB, 7 FPS Burst Mode, AI Servo, Single Point Focus
I've had the 70-200 for about 6 months now and it's the best money I ever spent. Tony's general recommendation to put money into lenses rather than bodies (if you have to choose) couldn't have been better advise for me. I've shot many of my daughter's soccer games and the images have been really excellent and very sharp. But I was always wishing for more range into the field - the 200 mm only takes you so far. While watching a sports YouTube video hosted by Scott Kelby he suggested using BorrowLenses.com to rent equipment for testing it out. Thinking this was a great idea, I rented the Canon Extender 1.4X for my 70D/70-200 2.8 kit. Well, essentially all the 500 photos I took today I'd be ashamed of posting online for the team and parents. The problem - very soft images, in focus but not sharp at all. The only variable that's changed is the addition of this 1.4X extender. To the best of my knowledge I installed it correctly and all connections were tight and secure. I inspected the extender prior to using it and all the glass seemed clean and smudge free. What do you think went wrong?
I've attached a sample image from this game. I don't know if you'll be able to evaluate the sharpness but it's nothing like the sharp images I get with just the 70-200 attached directly to the 70D.
Thank you - Dave