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Eastern Bluebird with attitude.

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Olympus E-M1 II with Panasonic 100-400mm lens at 400mm

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Haven't been birding in about six months, so today I went and tried to image a Phoebe. Attached is a highly cropped image (camera/lens worked well captured quite a few in-flights).
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X Posted. posted here as an example of short distance focusing and crop for those researching the lens. These crabs are no more than 1cm in size and I was stood perfectly still in the middle of the mud bank waiting for them to emerge at my feet. Some of the softness is due to a thin film of "greasy substance" that the crabs have on them which can clearly be seen. 50% thereabouts crops

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Recently returned to MFT in large part for compact size of long focal length lenses. Bought a P100-300mm along with my G9, but decide to return it in favor of the PL100-400mm. Effective 200-800mm in a smaller package than my EF 70-200mm F2.8L.

I also have the EF 100-400mm which I can get to 800mm f/11 with a 2x TC, but with the TC it is slow too focus on the EOS R (and MF only on the 80D)

Comparison shot below, mind you it is missing the 2x TC which adds another 2.5” or so in length.

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The PL100-400 arrives tomorrow, weather report is looking good for the weekend so hoping to go gives it a good workout.

If the G9/PL100-400mm combo works as well as I am hoping, I may be selling off my 80D and EF 100-400mm. Or if I decide to keep the EF 100-400mm (it really is a beautiful lens), just being able to sell the 80D and my EF-S lenses (18-135mm Nano USM, Tamron 10-24mm) will more than cover the additional $1K price it was over the P100-300mm.

It’s like I am saving money! :rofl:
 

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The PL100-400 arrives tomorrow, weather report is looking good for the weekend so hoping to go gives it a good workout.
Good luck with your 100-400, may it have a silky smooth zoom ring and gently-mounting bayonet lugs...or your camera store be staffed with patient and understanding sales people. ;-) Definitely exchange it if either aspect of the lens isn't up to snuff because good copies do exist (I have one).

I'm heading off to Costa Rica this weekend and will finally be using my 100-400 for the exact reason I bought it about 6-8 mos. ago. I know its small aperture will be challenging under the forest canopy but based on the last time I was there, I'm sure it will still be usable in many situations. I was test packing my gear last night and continue to be amazed by that lens's reach when compared to its compact size.
 
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Good luck with your 100-400, may it have a silky smooth zoom ring and gently-mounting bayonet lugs...or your camera store be staffed with patient and understanding sales people. ;-) Definitely exchange it if either aspect of the lens isn't up to snuff because good copies do exist (I have one).

I'm heading off to Costa Rica this weekend and will finally be using my 100-400 for the exact reason I bought it about 6-8 mos. ago. I know its small aperture will be challenging under the forest canopy but based on the last time I was there, I know it will be usable in many situations. I was test packing my gear last night and continue to be amazed by that lens's reach when compared to its compact size.

Bought from Adorama and I am a VIP member, so if any problems should be easy to take care of. The “sticky” zoom ring was a concern that kept me away initially, but sounds like it isn’t as common of a problem as it was with earlier batches. Keeping my fingers crossed...
 
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Arrived 90 minutes ago and is a beauty!

No issue with zoom stiffness or “gritty”, not quite silky-smooth, but readily adjustable to any spot. Looks great on the G9 and balances well.

First shots taken in the backyard

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Glad to hear that you got a good copy of the 100-400...and that you have stuff in the backyard worth photographing.
 

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Arrived 90 minutes ago and is a beauty!

No issue with zoom stiffness or “gritty”, not quite silky-smooth, but readily adjustable to any spot. Looks great on the G9 and balances well.

First shots taken in the backyard
Give it a whirl wide open. Mine seems to perform better wide open or one stop down. My images are never as good at f8 and above for some reason.
 

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Birds enjoying the pond behind my hospital....
Pana-Leica 100-400 at 8000 ISO. Noise reduction with Imagenomics Noiseware.

Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula):

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Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) (and in my region we call it "blue heron")

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Victoria falls and Etosha with the new camera and lens

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Went to the Birmingham (Alabama) Zoo today.
Couple of these are crossposted to Share Birds.
#5 (the cat) was shot through glass at ISO 3200.
#4 (the giraffe) was easily 60-70 yards away
I like this G9/100-400 combo more every time I use it.
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A few from yesterdays wander around one of the local gardens with the 100-400mm

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Sometimes it just comes together! Low light but no wind, keeping the iso down, and that decisive (split) moment when the bird is still. Not perfect but they'll do for me at1/20 sec..................I just love IBIS and OIS!

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