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Old Jan 8, 2011, 1:39 AM   #1
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I am thinking of investing in a good tele lens for my new Canon 60D to be able to take birds pictures including birds in flight.

I wish to invest in a good lens like Canon EF 300mm f2.8 IS USM. This is quite an expensive investment but I like it becoase I will be able to use it hand held as this is nsot a very heavy lens. Please advice.

b). With this I even would like to go for a 1.4x teleconverter to give me a good closeup. There are many in the market with different price range.

i. Canon 1.4x EF Extender II...cost around 295/-
ii. Sigma cost is around 245/-
iii. Kenko: MC4AF14DGXC 1.4x DGX cost 110/-
iv.Pro Optic MC 1.4x cost 90/-.

My question is : Do I need to buy a really expensive teleconverter like Canon or Sigma ?Or will Kenko or Pro Optic do ? The price difference is pretty big....

Please advice...
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Old Jan 8, 2011, 5:12 AM   #2
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The Canon EF 300mm f2.8 IS USM is an excellent lens, but anything you add to it will degrade image quality. The Canon 1.4x EF Extender II, Sigma 1.4X Teleconverter EX APO DG, Kenko Pro 300 AF 1.4X DGX, and Tamron SP AF 1.4X Pro are all better than lower priced Kenko (et al) Teleplus 1.4X (the 3rd and 4th TCs on your list.) But to be fair, that lens is so good, you could probably get away with the less expensive TC.

Putting a 1.4X teleconverter on it will make it a 420mm f/4.0 lens.

For birds, and especially birds in flight, you'll need to use faster shutter speeds to prevent motion blur due to subject movement, which will also handle motion blur due to camera shake, so image stabilization isn't really necessary.

There are some very good lenses that are about as long, about as good, weigh a lot less, and cost a lot less. As good as the Canon EF 300mm f2.8 IS USM is, I think putting a TC (especially a cheap TC) on it would reduce it to be the equal of some less expensive choices.
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Old Jan 8, 2011, 7:15 AM   #3
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The Canon EF 300mm f2.8 IS USM is an excellent lens, but anything you add to it will degrade image quality. The Canon 1.4x EF Extender II, Sigma 1.4X Teleconverter EX APO DG, Kenko Pro 300 AF 1.4X DGX, and Tamron SP AF 1.4X Pro are all better than lower priced Kenko (et al) Teleplus 1.4X (the 3rd and 4th TCs on your list.) But to be fair, that lens is so good, you could probably get away with the less expensive TC.

Putting a 1.4X teleconverter on it will make it a 420mm f/4.0 lens.

For birds, and especially birds in flight, you'll need to use faster shutter speeds to prevent motion blur due to subject movement, which will also handle motion blur due to camera shake, so image stabilization isn't really necessary.

There are some very good lenses that are about as long, about as good, weigh a lot less, and cost a lot less. As good as the Canon EF 300mm f2.8 IS USM is, I think putting a TC (especially a cheap TC) on it would reduce it to be the equal of some less expensive choices.
Thank you for your quick reply..."There are some very good lenses that are about as long, about as good, weigh a lot less, and cost a lot less. As good as the Canon EF 300mm f2.8 IS USM is",.....Which ones would you recomend...
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