Whilst in India for Greenpeace my 70-200mm was invaluable but just not long enough. I borrowed a 400mm f2.8 out there for a couple of shots. Amazing lens BUT IT WAS HUGE! The 5d became like a lenscap and the lens mounted to the tripod. It’s also about $6000. Totally impractical for video shooters like me. That’s when I came upon this…
I wish I had it in India as my recent shooting with it last weekend has proven it to be really impressive. I have heard it’s not so good for stills and the 1.4x is better but from my short little tests I was really impressed. No vignetting, no soft edges. Yes you lose two stops but it’s cheap, small and a great addition to any 5dmk2 users kit bag. This really is superb value.
To be able to double the focal length on the telephoto end of my 200mm and turn it into a pretty damn sharp 400mm is really going to come in useful on so many shoots. I understand this is not for all lenses. The older 70-200 don’t work so well with it, but with this lens it’s great.
You can buy it from Amazon below.