|Bruce n Philly
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Just got my Teleconverter back from Canon and they did nothing, and said it was within specifications. Total cost for this checkup was $99 including return shipping (I dropped it off at the center).
Ok, so here are my possible conclusions:
1 - I am a paranoid wreck and never will be satisfied.
2 - My Canon 5D Mk II just doesn't perform well with teleconverters. It may be the focus system, or something or other, but performance with action shots in AI Servo just suck and that is it. I need to accept it or buy a new body.
3 - What others call great performance is not what I cal great performance and I am just unrealistic given the current technological state of the art.
Really, I am pretty darn annoyed that I can get great performance out of my 500 f/4 IS and 70-200 f2.8 IS II but when I add that darned thing, well, blech.
Look at what I got out of my 500mm without this teleconverter here:
Now the birds above are static and the 5D is doing classic portraiture. So I guess you folks were correct all along that the 5D Mk II is really a landscape and portraiture body and not much else.
I have gotten great results from the 500mm and 5D Mk II with birds in flight albeit with a very low keeper rate:
But for the overwhelming percentage of shots I've made with that evil teleconverter, the pictures just aren't great. Here are some eagle shots I made with the teleconverter and while cools shots, they just don't look all that great (and I really worked them over in LR4 here):
OK, in all fairness, there is only one time I got great looking shots with this teleconverter, and that was when I had bright light and little subject movement here (but this is a rare exception, and look at the 100% crops below and you will see the degradation):
Ok, what to make of all of this neurosis. First, this forum and your patience is therapy. Second, I guess I put the blame on the 5D Mk II and conclude that unless the light is bright, forget using a teleconverter.
Bruce in Philly ($100 poorer with nothing to show for it)