Canon 1.4x III live test

Canon 1.4x III live test

In a previous post, we looked at some examples of images using the Canon 1.4x III teleconverter. I’ve noticed that some people looking at the converter were asking about the delays it introduced in focussing.

In day-to-day use the converter adds very little extra weight to the Canon 90 / 70-200 combination. It reduces the maximum aperture from f2.8 to f4.0 and increases the effective focal length from 70-200 to 98-280.

I have not noticed any reduction in focusing speed or focusing options. 

Hopefully this short video will help you see that this is a very impressive piece of equipment.

As the final image showed, the video was made by screen recording Capture One 21 on my laptop while it was connected to the camera using a USB cable and extender. The Joby GorillaPod, which the camera and lens were resting on has lived to fight another day.

Canon Lens Extender Review

Canon Lens Extender Review

Let’s have a look at some images with a Canon 90D, 70-200mkII and a 1.4x extender Mk III

The first image is the ‘actual size’ thumbnails using Capture One 21

images for extender test

Next, the same thumbails zoomed in quite heavily. The woodpigeon is 10m, the young rabbit approx 30m, the BMX cycle track is 1.2Km and the turbines are 9km


The BMX track and turbines were taken with the camera resting on the Trig Point at Croft Hill. The other 2 images were hand held. All images were taken with the the extender in place and are all from Canon RAW files.

Looking at some of the images in Affinity Photo, which access the RAW files may show just how powerful this combination is.

The first images are from reasonably close, and the zoomed in sections in the RAW file are pretty good..

affinity image canon 1.4
affinity image canon 1.4

The next 2 images were taken from Croft Hill in South Leicestershire, supporting the camera and lens on the Trig Point. I used a UV filter, but no polarising filter.

This is the BMX cycle track at Huncote Leisure centre. Bing Maps has an Ordnance survey feature and also a distance measuring feature. This is a zoomed in image at 1,200 metres. The evening light wasn’t perfect and there were a few artefacts in the air. (Artefacts is a word photographers use for ‘stuff’. It’s one of those words like ‘undulating’ used by runners when they mean ‘hilly’).



Now we have the turbines at Low Spinney Wind Farm (these are near the M1 motorway in Leicestershire, England). The Ordnance survey map puts these at 8.9km away in a straight line
The first image shows a very heavily zoomed in part of the image RAW file. IAffinity Photo then ‘developed’ the RAW file to something workable, and you can see the effect of the ‘Haze filter’.  This is an image 8.9km distant on a slightly dull evening!


At nearly 9km the working unit or the turbine is just about visible.

Overall impression of the Canon 1.4x III extender – it’s remarkable. It does reduce your light input by a stop, takes the 2.8 lens to f4 or smaller.
It seems to have no detrimental effect on focus options or focus speed. It’s fairly lightweight. One drawback is that it will only work with the Canon EF lenses with the shorter throw (EF-S lenses will not fit).

Canon 90D Focussing

Canon 90D Focussing

The Canon 90D is a very, very impressive DSLR and takes a little bit of mastering.
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I have a Canon 90D and 70-200II lens for my sports photography work. The continued lockdown in 2020-21 has given the opportunity to fine tune a lot of settings before the sports events re-start.


Here’s an image I managed with this set up – a local buzzard in a local quarry. I estimate the buzzard was something like 200 metres away and the day was slightly hazy.



Capture One 21 generates very high quality images from the Canon raw files and also provides a very powerful set of editing tools. It’s a stunning tool for applying the same edit to multiple images and can save an otherwise poorly exposed set of images.


Here’s the screen grab of the 23MB CRAW CR3 Canon image, showing in Capture One.




The buzzard is taking something like 3% of the image space, so is actually only a 1MB image, maximum. The next screen grab is the same image, being edited in Affinity Photo.
This is not a perfect image, but for this distance in these conditions it’s heading the right way.

The 90D is a bit of a ‘Formula 1’ of Digital SLRs, it’s very capable but takes a bit of getting used to.
There is a fabulous Facebook group, where one of the members posted a bunch of settings to ‘tweak’ the camera for sports work and this whole set of images were taken using those settings. Hopefully, someone on the group wil let me know that they posted this information and I’ll more than happily give credit to them.

Here are the settings:-


90D custom settings
Canon 90D custom settings

A future post will explain some of these settings.
Before that – here are a few resources to check (no affiliate links).
Michael the Maven Youtube 90D tutorial

Canon EOS 90D – Guide to Digital Photography  By David Busch
(Publisher Site)

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Coastal Footpath 2013

The Path

“..a fantastic way to explore the Island leading you along many areas of spectacular coastline..”

A rolling challenging walk along the spectacular paths around the island. The area had taken a bit of a beating in the infamous “Valentine Day” storms earlier in the year.
The damage was quite staggering with car parks and buildings washed away, many pathways were closed and others were blocked. The next areas of land slip were often easy to spot.

Almost every type of cliff and coastal erosion was clear to see.

Promenades and piers were blocked or wrecked.

Thousands of tons of cliff face had been demolished by the sea and he storms. The famous Blackgang Chine certainly didn’t escape, as the pictures above show.
How much more of this can “The Needles” survive?

Footpaths have been moved inland numerous times already.

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Vintage Fair

Vintage Fair

We noticed that the annual vintage fair was on at Ashby Magna, near Lutterworth, today so had a look around. These pictures have all been edited a fair bit with Affinity Photo. One of the problems at a fair is there is so much in the background.

I thought I was fairly good on old British cars until I came across this one – the Triumph Gloria Vitesse. This model was made in 1938 and there are only 7 or 8 remaining.

triumph gloria vitesse

There was a range of working traction engines, of all shapes and sizes. Here’s a sample from one

traction engine

The strange thing about an event like this is that there are so many fantastically restored tractors, motorcycles and cars, and yet.. it’s always the one in need of.. that really catches your eye.tractor needing restoration


LOROS Colour Mile Hinckley

LOROS Colour Mile Hinckley

LOROS is the Hospice for Leicestershire and Rutland. Like many voluntary organisations it relies on fundraising events.

Today it was the colour fun mile, on the streets of Hinckley.

Prior to the run, the runners gathered in a local park to cover each other with coloured powder. They thought that was it.

The organisers had other ideas and set up a series of ‘spray stations’ on the mile. The pale green one is at the bottom of the hill!

The winner did really well, as all the stations had it in for him.

winner colo

The area got steadily more and more ‘pink cloudy’

castle street hinckl

Until, eventually…

hinckley colour mile

Being a large scale event of over 1,000 entrants first aid cover was essential. Obviously the ambulance didn’t get clobbered with coloured powder.

emergency ambulance hinckley