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#1 John W

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 01:57 PM

I picked up a used 2.0III extender and tried it last night for the first time. Nothing scientific here and a distant subject, probably 300'. I expect that the 2.0 will only be useful in good light and probably questionable for bif but it worked better than I expected on this test run. Shot from a bean bag, cropped to same dimensions and the same basic LR edits on each.

1 - 500mm, 1/2000, f4, auto ISO180

2 - 500 + 1.4, 1/2000, f6.3, auto ISO-500

3 - 500 + 2.0, 1/2000, f9, auto ISO 1400

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 02:03 PM

Looks really good John!

I used my 1.4 on some hawks in flight the other day, only can get to f 8 with it on though.



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 02:53 PM

I have read that one should only use the 2.0 extender with a f2.8 lens and that it does not work with the crop sensors among other things but I could not find any specific reviews of the 2.0III on any lens coupled with the D500 so I decided to give it a try. I am happy with the results of my 500 f4 and the 1.4III together. It has limitations as you would expect and the IQ is better at 6.3 than at 5.6 further limiting low light use but overall a good piece of gear to have in the bag. I purchased this very lightly used USA 2.0III with extended warranty for $325 so I think I can sell it easily if the naysayers prove to be correct. I will give it an honest test drive this spring and see if I can reach out farther than otherwise possible or get more detail on the same shot at a reasonable distance. Specifically looking forward to trying it out on Osprey babies if I get lucky. I am also looking for greater distance with action shots where because of the distance the IQ is not as important to me as just recording the action. Like Osprey - Eagle action out over the open water. 



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 03:31 PM

It will serve you well in good light. On bif it might hunt a bit but once you lock on you will do fine.

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 04:12 PM

Here's the hawk shot I mentioned, actually the first time I used the tc 1.4 on birds in flight, fairly happy, I felt I caught the eye nicely but lacks detail, he was close, no crop.

 

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 07:48 PM

Thanks for the post John.  I appreciate you keeping us informed of what you are doing and posting the results.  I haven't commented a lot lately because I am not in a position to give any advice.  I was talking to my boy (stepson) a while back and said that I have learned a lot about photography, and I can now identify a good image.  I also mentioned that I can identify that I have not taken one.  Glass is super important, and the discussion about light required for things like TCs and AF, along with examples, are extremely valuable for novices such as myself.  So to John, Steve and Doug, along with many others here, thanks for the postings and sharing what you're working on!


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Posted 25 March 2017 - 09:03 AM

Ok.

John, I was afraid you were going to ask us to solve Lii for x= +/- 5....

I don't need that kind of pain in my life again. :rolleyes:

 

Of the three photos you posted (to me) its a tossup between nos 2 and 3 for sharp detail.

No. 1 looks a bit softer.

(I'd be very pleased if I managed any of 'em)


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