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    Default Canon 2.8 70-200L

    Just wondering is anyone using this lens for birds and how does it perform... sharpness etc. My 70-300 4.5 is a bit soft. Cheers Jack.
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    Default Re: Canon 2.8 70-200L

    my first attempts at birding used this lens with a 1.4x tele, found it to be quite adequate but was'nt long before seeking more reach. regards

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    Default Re: Canon 2.8 70-200L

    I find on the boat it is near impossible to use a long lens, just too much moving around to find the bird. Maybe a 100-400 would work, mine is just 400. Most of the time the birds come in fairly close at sea. Jack.
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    Default Re: Canon 2.8 70-200L

    cheaper alternative would be the 200 prime with a 1.4x on or off, you still cannot zoom though then if your on a boat the zoom on the 100-400 may be ideal....

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    Default Re: Canon 2.8 70-200L

    Given you are using a 70-300, you should have a fair idea where you are zoomed most of the time. If you at 300 a lot of the time a 300mm f4 sounds like a good bet otherwise the 200mm f2.8 prime is pretty good lens, both very sharp.

    I'd suggest changing converters at sea may be bit risky with salt spray and what not. If you're keen on a zoom the 70-200 is highly regarded, it's a matter of it is long enough. There are a few 300mm f4 lenses on Ebay right now, you should be able to get one in great nick for about $1200.
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    Default Re: Canon 2.8 70-200L

    The new version of the 70-200 f2.8L II is an awesome lens - very sharp. But pricey and perhaps not long enough. ALthough with a 1.4x on it i would imagine it to be great. I did find this combo (70-200f4L IS + 1.4x) a bit limiting on the last pelagic I did in terms of outright focal length. 280mm just isn't quite enough.
    I know if i was on a boat shooting pelagics all the time i would definitely stay with a zoom as opposed to a fixed lens. Just my opinion of course. I just find a fixed lens a bit limiting sometimes. (I own a 300f4 + 1.4x) The 100-400 would be a great alternative for sure.
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    Default Re: Canon 2.8 70-200L

    The 70-200 2.8 with a 2x teleconverter would still autofocus at f5.6, and would give a reach of 400, which is the optimum minimum length for birds...and with the variable focal length, would be good for pelagics.
    The new 2x (mkIII) is meant to have good weather seals, and hold up in the IQ department too.

    But the 100-400 would probably be a better bet, considering (if you're talking about the new 70-200 II) that it'll be 4-5k less

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