Canon Extender EF
The Canon Extender EF lenses are a group of teleconverter lenses made by Canon. These lenses are used between any compatible EF type lens and any of the Canon EOS line of cameras. When used with a compatible lens, they will multiply the focal length of the lens by a factor of either 1.4x or 2x, at the cost of decreasing the lens' aperture by 1 or 2 stops respectively. For example, using a 1.4x or 2x extender with the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM would result in a 700mm f/5.6 or 1000mm f/8 lens.
The extenders are constructed with metal bayonets, and engineered plastic ends. There are no moving parts, other than the lens latch lock. Three generations of the extenders exist: the older 1.4× and 2×, the 1.4× II and 2× II, and the 1.4× III and 2.0× III. The II versions have weather-sealing and anti-reflective surfaces inside the extender body. The optical construction of the 1.4× versions are of a five-element design. Both 2× versions use seven elements, although the optical formula of the II version is different to improve optical performance. The III versions of the extenders have improved autofocus performance as well increased image quality over the II, and their front and rear elements are coated with fluorine anti-smear coating to be easier to clean.
These Extender EF lenses can only be used with lenses that have a compatible mount. While all EF lenses have mount designs that can be used with EOS bodies, only lenses with accordant mounts can be used with the extender EF lenses. These lenses must have the clearance to accept the protruding lens on the extender, as well as 10 (3 extra) electronic contacts for proper electronic communication with the extender. These extra electronic contacts are used for sending the correct aperture information to the body.
When a compatible lens is used with a 1.4× or 2× extender, it will cost the lens a one or two stop decline in aperture size, respectively. Autofocus speed of any used EF lens is also affected. When used with the 1.4× extender, autofocus speed is reduced by 50%. When used with the 2× extender, autofocus speed is reduced by 75%. Image stabilization may not work on lenses that are equipped with an extender, or on certain EOS bodies.
Some EOS bodies are unable to autofocus when the maximum aperture of a lens is smaller than f/5.6. Professional-level bodies are capable of autofocusing lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8, but only with the centre autofocus point. With a 2× extender a 400mm f/4 lens would have an equivalent focal length of 800mm and a maximum aperture of f/8, in which case autofocus would only be available with professional bodies. With the same converter a 400mm f/5.6 lens would have a maximum aperture of f/11 and autofocus would be disabled.
Though not specified by Canon as such, users have reported that the tilt-shift lenses in Canon's line-up can also be used with the extenders. However, when used with an extender, the lens will not pass on the correct aperture to the camera. The focal length stored in the Exif data will also be incorrect.
List of compatible EF lenses
The following is a list of EF lenses that are compatible with the Extender EF lenses together with their resulting focal lengths, and apertures. Also listed is the autofocus and image stabilization functionality.
|Lens||Lens with 1.4×||AF with 1.4×||IS with 1.4×||Lens with 2×||AF with 2×||IS with 2×|
|135 mm f/2L USM||190 mm f/2.8||—||270 mm f/4||—|
|180 mm f/3.5L Macro USM||252 mm f/5||—||360 mm f/7.1||—|
|200 mm f/1.8L USM||280 mm f/2.5||—||400 mm f/3.5||—|
|200 mm f/2.0L IS USM||280 mm f/2.8||400 mm f/4|
|200 mm f/2.8L II USM||280 mm f/4||—||400 mm f/5.6||—|
|300 mm f/2.8L USM||420 mm f/4||—||600 mm f/5.6||—|
|300 mm f/2.8L IS USM||420 mm f/4||600 mm f/5.6|
|300 mm f/4L USM||420 mm f/5.6||—||600 mm f/8||—|
|300 mm f/4L IS USM||420 mm f/5.6||600 mm f/8|
|400 mm f/2.8L USM||560 mm f/4||—||800 mm f/5.6||—|
|400 mm f/2.8L II USM||560 mm f/4||—||800 mm f/5.6||—|
|400 mm f/2.8L IS USM||560 mm f/4||800 mm f/5.6|
|400 mm f/4 IS DO USM||560 mm f/5.6||800 mm f/8|
|400 mm f/4 DO IS II USM||560 mm f/5.6||800 mm f/8|
|400 mm f/5.6L USM||560 mm f/8||—||800 mm f/11||—|
|500 mm f/4L IS USM||700 mm f/5.6||1000 mm f/8|
|500 mm f/4.5L USM||700 mm f/6.3||—||1000 mm f/9.0||—|
|600 mm f/4L USM||840 mm f/5.6||—||1200 mm f/8||—|
|600 mm f/4L IS USM||840 mm f/5.6||1200 mm f/8|
|800 mm f/5.6L IS USM||1120 mm f/8||1600 mm f/11|
|1200 mm f/5.6L USM||1680 mm f/8||—||2400 mm f/11||—|
|70–200 mm f/2.8L IS USM||98–280 mm f/4||140–400 mm f/5.6|
|70–200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM||98–280 mm f/4||140–400 mm f/5.6|
|70–200 mm f/2.8L USM||98–280 mm f/4||—||140–400 mm f/5.6||—|
|70–200 mm f/4L IS USM||98–280 mm f/5.6||140–400 mm f/8|
|70–200 mm f/4L USM||98–280 mm f/5.6||—||140–400 mm f/8||—|
|100–400 mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM||140–560 mm f/6.3–8||200–800 mm f/9–11|
|100–400 mm f/4.5–5.6L IS II USM||140–560 mm f/6.3–8||200–800 mm f/9–11|
|200–400 mm f/4L IS USM
(without built-in extender 1.4×)
|280–560 mm f/5.6||400–800 mm f/8|
|200–400 mm f/4L IS USM
(with built-in extender 1.4×)
|400–800 mm f/8||560–1120 mm f/11|
|TS-E 17 mm f/4L||24 mm f/5.6||—||34 mm f/8||—|
|TS-E 24 mm f/3.5L||35 mm f/5.0||—||50 mm f/7.1||—|
|TS-E 45 mm f/2.8||65 mm f/4.0||—||90 mm f/5.6||—|
|TS-E 90 mm f/2.8||125 mm f/4.0||—||180 mm f/5.6||—|
List of EOS bodies that can AF at f/8
- Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
- Canon EOS-1D X (with firmware version 1.1.1)
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III (with firmware version 1.2.1)
- Canon EOS 5DS
- Canon EOS 5DS R
- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
- Canon EOS 6D Mark II
- Canon EOS 7D Mark II
- Canon EOS 80D
- Canon EOS 77D
- Canon EOS 800D/Rebel T7i
- Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
- Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
- Canon EOS-1D Mark III
- Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
- Canon EOS-1D Mark II
- Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
- Canon EOS-1Ds
- Canon EOS-1D
- Canon EOS-1V
- Canon EOS 3
- The aperture is for bodies using 1/3-step displays.
- Autofocus range is reduced from 0.48 m–infinity to 0.8 m–infinity.
- Autofocus is possible using only the center AF point.
- TS-E lenses are not equipped with an autofocus motor.
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