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    Lens dilemma

    I shoot wildlife/sports photos. Currently, I use Canon 500mm f4 on tripod. For hand held I'm using 100-400 zoom. I want a faster lens to shoot indoor hockey/basketball games. I am thinking of getting the f2.8 70-200 II zoom. I figure that would be a good lens for the indoor stuff. And I could use it with 1.4 TC & 2 TC for handheld stuff outdoor. Does anyone know if I would lose IQ with this combo compared to the 100-400mm zoom?

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    Re: Lens dilemma

    Hi Dennis,

    In a word, no.

    The original 70-200 F2.8L IS USM with TC2.0 was identical to the EF100-400 once you got past about F11, but the new 70-200 F2.8L IS USM II is much sharper - I use it with both TC1.4 & 2.0 v2 and it's very good -- I image with the new v3 teleconverters it would be better still.

    A couple of recent examples ...

    With TC1.4x

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    With TC2.0 ...

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    Re: Lens dilemma

    Thanks Colin. That's what I needed to know. Excellent detail in your bird pics. I've taken some very good pics with the 100-400 but I need the speed of the 2.8. Thanks again.

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