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DavidBM
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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Canon NFD 2.8/300L


Just grabbed a clean FD 1.4x for a good price; I'm assuming that your samples @Freaklikeme hold up to closer inspection!

I know that the best teleconverter is an APSC body, but I don't always have access to one (it's my wife's!)

I did wonder whether a modern TC might not be better, even a cheap one, but the Canon one probably matches well, and more importantly you can't get a modern one in FD mount, and the other option would be an E mount one behind the adapter, and you can't get a cheap e mount one (and in any case I wonder if a TC so far behind the rear elements matters...)



Mar 16, 2017 at 02:24 AM
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Full-Sized jpeg duck shot with the 300+1.4

There's an unprocessed sample with a duck on a log right at the thirds mark, @DavidBM, that will allow you some space for inspection. Just 24MP though. The bokeh and longer distance performance are what you give up using the TC. The Ed Mikah FD-to-EF conversion might allow for the use of a modern EF TC.

The bare lens does very well on an APSC camera at 24MP...

ABF_14_2013 by Bradley Clemens, on Flickr


ABF_18_2013 by Bradley Clemens, on Flickr

Though, these days, I rarely bother with TC's or APSC. The a7rII gives me plenty of room to crop-zoom.



Mar 16, 2017 at 02:58 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Canon NFD 2.8/300L


It's arrived! Incredibly rapid from Japan.
Great condition; optics look absolutely spotless, and overall cosmetics are excellent as described.
Drop in filter in place to my relief, since it might have been hard to trace, and wasn't mentioned in the ad.
Also arrived is the FD 1.4x which I ordered yesterday; and it looks like it's just off the production line even though it must be over 30 years old.

All good: but it turns out I don't have an FD-E adapter!! I was sure I did have, but no: I think I gave mine away to whoever bought the 1.2/85 FD I used to have.

Frustrating. Won't be until next week that I can post samples. I've ordered a Leicaist so that I can try the lens on TAP (letting TAP move the camera, not the lens of course) but might get a regular one as well so as not to have a series of adapters (FD-M, M-E) when not using TAP.

Also picking up a used Sirui chucky monopod with their nice monopod head; I think that'll make the Beast a lot more usable in the field...



Mar 17, 2017 at 02:03 AM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Canon NFD 2.8/300L


freaklikeme wrote:
Full-Sized jpeg duck shot with the 300+1.4

There's an unprocessed sample with a duck on a log right at the thirds mark, @DavidBM@, that will allow you some space for inspection. Just 24MP though. The bokeh and longer distance performance are what you give up using the TC. The Ed Mikah FD-to-EF conversion might allow for the use of a modern EF TC.

The bare lens does very well on an APSC camera at 24MP...



Just checked out the duck. Absolutely usable - passes the fine at 1:2 (even if 24MP 1:2) test, and takes a bit of sharpening without cost as well. Wow. that's with a TC. Looking forward to some manual bird fun (we are blessed with over 200 species of native birds visiting our garden - when I retire I'm tempted by some serious modern long iron and taking up photo birding - but that's a decade or so away)


On the rear filter issue" mine comes with the Canon installed, as is needed. But looking at the Canon rear filter if definitely single coated at best. I wonder if, being so close to the back with a reflective digital sensor, if replacing it with a multicoated one might not be the best bet. But it's fifty bucks down the gurgler if it doesn't matter. I suppose I could see if there is a flare difference with and without the filter, and if there is, do the change...

Yes I agree that crop zoom is pretty effective on the A7rII. It's what, 18MP for a 1.5x crop which isn't a huge loss compared to 24MP of a native APSC. And the TC gives no noise etc advantage over a crop, if you are light limited. But the TC plus cropping gets you to 600. It'l be interesting to do a comparison of lens+TC+crop versus lens plus double crop at 60MM equivalent. I'll post. I"m pretty sure that either would be better than a 2x TC.



Mar 17, 2017 at 02:13 AM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Canon NFD 2.8/300L


Phillip Reeve wrote:
It won't happen this month but I will compare them on my a7ii.


Tag to be in line for the comparison



Mar 25, 2017 at 11:04 PM
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