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Canon 100-400 or 2X converter

Discussion in 'Canon Conflab' started by southonline, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    I've been considering buying the 100-400 but was reading article on using the 2X converter with the f2.8 70-200 and least from what I picked up quite a viable option than buying a new lens

    Does anyone have an experience in using the x2 with the 70-200? I've already got the 1.4x which gives me 280 but using the 2x will offer me 400 at the same f stop as the 100-400 , but a lot cheaper ;o) - this will be used on a crop so yes I know thats also x 1.6
  2. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Curiously I never really considered using a converter with the 70-200. to go longer I bought the 300 F4 and 1.4x. My logic was I didn't much want long focal length on a just in case basis but for situations where It would be used at full extent, so I got the prime.
  4. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    1.4x does work extremely well with the 70-200, but I've been finding I need a little longer in some cases and didn't want a prime - the 100-400 is one option but it is an older lens first made in 88 and I'm wondering if a newer one is one the cards with better IS and maybe not the push pull zoom as I'm really not sure about that

    The 2x is an option and with L lenses maybe a cheaper way forward
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    My son says get the converter. He reckons that Canon assess the 100-400 at 400 to be the same as the 70-200 f2.8L at 200 with x2 converter. He worked in camera retail shops and went on canon training days. They let him loose with a 300 F2.8 for familiarisation one weekend! Was nice to have one in the house even if only for two days.
  6. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    cheers Pete - plus whilst I know its a L lens I'm still struggling with the ideal of buying something thats 26 yrs old - and I'm sure Canon must be in the process of developing an upgrade - plus, lastly, if they did come up with an upgrade the 2x converter would probably fit that ;o)

    nice ;o) ...but had you said the 200-400 F4 I would have been VERY envious
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Ha - was a few years ago and before the 200-400 came out.

    Of course, the 200-400 F4 could be seen as the replacement for the 100-400 you are waiting for :). Having been using the "long" lengths 200, 300 and 400 I can see the attractiveness of having a zoom to cover that range (plus the built in converter) but is difficult to justify the price.

    I am not sure they would replace the 100-400 while it is still selling. For most people the new 75-300L probably meets most needs so why another new design?
  8. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    I think few amateurs would cover the 10k price tag...least this one won't

    I still think theres an opening for a new 100-400 but we'll see, least for now I'll be covering that with the x2 - cheers for the feedback Pete ;o)
  9. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I'd go for the 2x converter, given you already have the 70-200. I don't think there's an awful lot to choose between that and the 100-400 at the long end, but you'd probably regret not having the f2.8 at the wide end.

    Regarding the 100-400, when I bought mine last year the dealer had the impression that a new version was in the pipeline, but not imminent. Like you I was unsure about the push/pull zoom, but now I love it. I find that when using it hand held for wildlife, I can adjust the zoom with my index finger whilst maintaining a firm steady grip, although I do have big hands.

    I do wish you hadn't started this thread as I'm now lusting after a 70-200 and 2x converter.:eek:
  10. southonline

    southonline Well-Known Member

    cheers MJB

    I'll be ordering on Monday and I'll wait for the new 100-400 ...with the x2 that will give me some reach ;o)

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