11-19-2018 11:10 AM
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11-19-2018 11:42 AM
Well let's see. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens really can't be compared to each other. They are intended for different uses. Already having the big Tammy I would opt for the best in class Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Nice combo!
Now the unique Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. I say buy it no matter what. It is a joy to use because it is so light and has excellent IQ. You can hand hold it all day long. I have owned three of them over the years. It is a lens I consider a must have for every Canon camera owner.
I see you are also wanting a 1.4x tel-con. As a general rule I discourage their use. However they do work very well on a few certain lenses. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is one of them, go for it, and the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens is another. Why the 300mil, you say? When I already suggested the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens? It gives you all the goodness of the 400mil only with firstname.lastname@example.org and IS.
Some guys use the 1.4x tel-con on the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. And, it works, OK. But it gives you an f8 and is not a native FL to get the 560mm. You already have a email@example.com, right?
11-19-2018 11:56 AM
"Now the unique Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. ... I have owned three of them over the years. ..."
Why did I buy three of them? First one I sold to fund the first version of the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens. Not being totally impressed with it, I bought another EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. Sold the 100-400 zoom. Yeah, Canon came out with a new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. It is very good, much better that the original version but I was missed not having the EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens so I bought another one. I no longer have either of the 100-400 zooms but I have my EF 400mm f/5.6L. And, I intend on keeping this one.
BTW, my favorite and only one I currently own in the 150-600 super zoom class is the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon. I have not tried the newest Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 for Canon but a friend of mine says it is really good. He has displayed some photos taken with it and they are nice. I'll get my hands on it soon.
11-19-2018 01:22 PM
I second Ernie's recommendation of the EF 400 F5.6 lens; it is one of Canon's best "bang for the buck" choices. I have shot a lot with mine includinig a lot of daytime soccer. Lately I have been more frequently using a 300MM F2.8 primarily because I have been shooting a lot of sports in poor lighting but if the lighting is good the 400 5.6 is a fine lens and unlike the 400 2.8 it is easily handheld for long periods of time.
The 1.4X does work well with a number of the Canon EF lenses but if you are buying a lens AND plan to use it with an extender the majority of the time then seriously consider whether you need to step up to a longer lens. I have used the 300 F2.8 with 1.4X on occasion and it produces very nice results but focus speed and quality suffers a bit; I haven't had a chance to really do a head to head comparison between my 400 5.6 and the 300 2.8 with 1.4X but I am going to do a test shot at a spring practice with them to see how they play in terms of focus speed and IQ.
11-19-2018 04:10 PM
"...if you are buying a lens AND plan to use it with an extender the majority of the time then seriously consider whether you need to step up to a longer lens."
My thoughts exactly. Nothing beats native FL. You give to get with photography, there ain't no free lunch.
11-19-2018 07:27 PM
I shoot lots of wildlife, landscape and equestrian pictures. I have a Tamron 150-600mm lens but want to invest in good Canon zoom. In your opinion, which would be better - the L series 70-200mm or the 100-400mm? I would also likely pick up the 1.4 extender. Thx.
Using an extender changes the minimum aperture. What camera body do you plan to use?
11-20-2018 05:15 PM
" I have a Tamron 150-600mm lens ..."
You have all the tele you need with that lens. On an 80D you are looking at nearly a 1000mm of FL. Buy something you don't have.