This weekend I was lucky enough to have borrowed a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS, full of L glass promise for the weekly outing to the pitches at Waterside Farm. Given that I usually use the Tamron 70-300mm for the football shots, I was wondering how I was going to cope with the shortfall in reach, when Andy, the owner of the lens, pulled a 2x converter out of the bag to go with it. The first thing I noticed, was that it was heavy. Really heavy in comparison to my own Tamron The second thing I noticed, was that the trade off using the extender was a minimum aperture (or is that maximum?) was 5.6 – Not a massive problem, but irritating that the DOF was just a bit sharper than it would have been had I shot at my usual f3.5/f4. The focussingt took a while to get used to, but it was quick. Really quick, something that I don’t like about the Tamron which is pretty slow.
This, I thought was a small price to pay for shit hot photos. So, after an hour or so snapping away, I came home with a CF card bursting with pictures and set about processing them all. Initial thoughts are that the images themselves are indeed better (quality wise) than I usually get. I had awful problems at points throughout the match, shooting directly towards the sun. The images looked like they’d been shot through mist. This isn’t something I usually see with the Tamron. However the edges are crisper and sharper, and the colour seems to have been captured better. Worth the cost of the lens? – Probably not better overall than the Tamron. Definitely.
Hopefully get some non football shots out of it this evening before it goes back.