FIRST TEST CANON FD 300/4.0L + FD 2X Tele-Converter on NEX-7

Discussion in 'Nature' started by roundball, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    Essentially shooting a 600mm/8.0L lens, I was very impressed at the color & clarity.
    Used a tripod, and experimented operating the shutter both by hand and with the timer.
    Got pretty close by hand but no question the timer was sharper.
    Shot ISO1600 with aperture set to f/4

    3 photos below:
    1st is squirrel on a limb 35yds away, Shutter=1/400.
    2nd is squirrel cropped up a little and found that it cropped up clean, Shutter=1/400.
    3rd is what happens when the squirrel got tired of waiting for the 10 sec timer to finish, Shutter=1/250.
    (note his right rear foot / claws are still holding onto the tree branch)

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  2. Larry

    Larry TalkEmount Regular

    May 23, 2013
    Seattle, WA
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    Nice. He looks just like the squirrels here is Washington State. I have a Sony 70-400mm and am thinking about adding a teleconverter. I would like to get the 2x but can't decide if I want to give up 2 stops. Has it been a problem for you? I have a NEX6 and don't have the cropping latitude you do.

  3. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    Had bought that 2X tele-converter a quarter century ago just before beginning a couple decades of chasing a career, relocating / starting new assignments every 3-4 years and got completely away from photography...never used the converter until today with those squirrel shots on the NEX-7.

    First 2 photos had 1/400 shutter on a tripod and they seemed fine with that 600/f8 it was a fairly overcast day. And the 3rd photo in motion headed down the tree was with 1/250 shutter and it froze him in detail.
  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
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    Pretty impressive, I'd say. Well done!
  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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    Not too bad for such a long reaching lens.
  6. Gandalf

    Gandalf TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 5, 2013
    Sweet! I find the combination of a 300mm lens plus a 2X teleconverter is a great combo on the NEX cameras, especially those with EVFs.