Hi Steve,

I've got a couple of questions for you.

1.  As you know I use the Canon 70 - 200 F4.  Optically this lens is superb and in good light it focuses beautifully on my 5D ii.  At night however, or in very low light, the focus is not so good.  I have the Canon 135 F2 and am thinking of getting a 1.4x converter.  That will make it effectively a 190 F2.8 - and with it being 2.8 it should focus a lot better in lo light.  Will the 1.4 x converter work ok on my 135?

This combo will be used almost exclusively for photography in low light at night.  I figure the 1.4x converter will also have other applications in the future but that would be the main one I use it for at this point in time.

2.  I have a number of collections of photographs I want to publish on the site but am looking for a new slide show maker, something that looks sharp.  Any suggestions?



Hi Stick -

1.  Yes.  It will work.  But always check the compatibility chart provided by Canon because sometimes they look like they'll work.. but you'll damage things trying.

Admittedly I've never tried this before.. this is why I bought a 2.8 version of the 70-200.. and why I call the 70-200/2.8 IS the perfect photojournalist's lens.  So, I checked the chart and mounted my 1.4tc on the 135/2.. tested it out.. and it appears to work just fine.  Shooting at F2.8 I like the results of the 70-200/2.8 IS better.. but marginally.

2.  What type of slideshow are you looking for?  I use the Slideshow Pro plug-in for Lightroom to make slideshows like this: http://www.bangkokdigitalimaging.com/photos/sra/

Every part of this is customizable.  The size of the main image, the size of the thumbnails, color, the reflection, music, controls, and so on.. all if it is stuff you can set to your specs before uploading.  Because it works with Lightroom it makes life really easy.. no sizing of images, etc.. it's all done for you.

Then.. there are both HTML and Flash gallery templates for Lightroom, some of which have a "slide show" function in that they'll automatically rotate the images.  Many templates are available on the web for free, some you buy, some you donate what you wish.

Slideshow Pro also makes a stand alone program, a "for Flash" plug-in, and some other products depending on which piece of software is your main focus.

I hope this helps


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