A day with my 300/4 and 100-400

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    Dave Cherry
    Great post, but your title says 300f/4 and 100-400. Cool Frogs, though.
     
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    Hi Ronnie,
    Do you still want to get the m.ZD 300/4, or do you think what you have is good enough?
    I guess the 300/4 + MC-14 would be 2/3 stop faster than the 50-200 + EC20.
     
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    Ken
    Great job doin all that work. I was going to do this with the 300s, but once I had made my own judgements about how they compare and work together, I lost the motivation to write it all up. Kudos for being neurotic enough to drag it all out and compare.
     
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    Ken
    Once you have the ability to focus bracket and stack, you will care less about the comparison. The 300 is my favorite macro lens. I suspect once you get it, you'll be a stackin' fool.
     
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    I wish I had kept the 300. I returned it and got the 100-400 PL, which autofocuses poorly with the E-m1, and you lose dual IS.

    But i shoot a lot from a kayak, and needed the ability to change focal lengths without changing lenses. Not much opportunity to zoom with your feet when you're bouncing around in the water.
     
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    I think I need to rent you a D500 and 200-500VR just to see how you do. :)
     
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    I agree, but I am hoping that the mk2 moves AF, in particular, far forward.

    I was at a local coastal refuge yesterday. Had great light and a few good subjects, but BIF is still a challenge and the distances mostly very far. I tried the 50-200 with EC-20 and it was a struggle.

    Of course the greenhead flies were a struggle too. They were attacking the car like Stukas. It was like a scene from a Bugs Bunny movie. I'll go back in fall when they die down.

    I found a spot in which fish were incredibly active. Something sardine size was roiling in the water, striking insects. It was fascinating to watch. Birds would swoop in, twist and dive. Action was fast and I couldn't capture any. I tried tracking the birds...I tried focusing on the water. The action was too fast for em1. Even when I was on target quickly, or predicted were the bird would hit the water AF failed miserably. I eventually switched to MF and tried holding on a spot of water. You can guess how that went. They struck everywhere else.

    Very frustrating. Herons and ballet dancers are easier.

    So the question for me becomes what to do with $4000-5000? Upgrade to mk2 and buy 300mm/f4 which is the current plan...Or go d500, 300pf and 200-500 which I can get all used for about that $$$. 7dmk2 with 400,5.6 and more? I could keep MFT and augment with another system with that money.

    I hope the mk2 makes the decision easy one way or the other. I'm not getting any younger!
     
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