Canon EF300mm F2.8L USM With Canon EF 2x II Extender

Canon EF300mm F2.8L USM With Canon EF 2x II Extender
USM With

Shooting sports I now use a USM mounted to a and sometimes use a .

I have read many reports on the Internet about how they work but my experiences of using one are not very good to say the least.

This weekend I attempted to shoot part of a cricket match using a , normally when I shoot sport, I set all my exposures manually and am constantly adjusting them as the light changes through the game.

My set up was as follows;

At first, I tried to set the exposure on the camera manually but the results I was getting back were not very good at all. I was shooting with an aperture of F5.6 with ISO 1000 and shutter speeds of 1/2000.

This was the first time I had used the Extender with the so was kind of hoping all my previous issues would go away.

No such luck, the images I got back were horrible, the exposure looked wrong and more importantly they looked quite soft. However, this was about practising, clearly there is nothing wrong with , and it has to be down to me and my technique.

A few more frames I was beginning to feel pretty angry with myself as despite using a great camera and lens, I was not getting anything back.

It was time to try something different; it was time to do something I never do and that was to switch the camera to P mode. The ā€˜Pā€™ mode sets up the perfect parameters needed to get a correctly exposed image.

A friend of mine borrowed a from me many moons ago and used this setting despite me trying to get him to go down the manual route. However, because of the issues, I have been getting using a x2 Extender, I decided to give it whirl.

All of a sudden, the camera is wanting to shoot at F8 1/500 shutter speed with an ISO 2000. Clearly, for me shooting sport the speeds were far too slow but guess what, I got an image that was actually usable.

I then took those settings, moved over to manual mode and replicated the what the camera had automatically said and took a few shots, the images were rubbish to say the least.

By now I am thinking the only way I will ever get anything out of a , USM with a was to shoot in P ā€“ something I was not keen on doing.

Anyone who shoots sport on a regular basis will tell the key to a good image is to have the lens wide open and shoot as fast as you can. Personally, I try to work at around the 1/2000 or 1/2500 for the most of the time then speed things up to 1/4000 or higher to experiment, something that is really easy to achieve with ISO range of the .

Taken Using , USM & Canon x2 Teleconverter

Canon EF300mm F2.8L USM With Canon EF 2x II Extender
USM With

It seems I am not the only person to struggle when they mount a to their gear. A chap who shoots with me for the web site and magazine also said he found it difficult to get good-quality images.

We were both shooting in identical conditions, at the same venue; however, he used a different method to expose his images.

Camera setting’s AV Mode, , though most images were a little dark on that mode, so he is going to try partial metering next time. The ISO 800/1600 and apertures ranging from F5.6 to F7.1, the camera he was using was and USM.

The thing is I like having the Extender on the camera. With cricket I feel you need the extra reach, or you end up having to spend hour’s post processing and cropping images. I cannot, however, figure out to use properly. I did shoot a Rugby League match and got good results, but when I replicated that technique, it never worked again!

At the moment, I am toying with the idea of purchasing a 1.4 extender and seeing if the results are any better but for now, all I can do is practice and try to figure out how to use it with my gear, as I say, it is certainly not the Extender’s fault!


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