I have a dilemma and thought I’d ask for some opinions. (Note: all $$ are Canadian) I want a good quality, relatively long telephoto that I can use on occasion for birds, wildlife, sporting events, air shows, etc. I also want good continuous autofocus to go along with it. I recently sold my Canon 7D to get down to one system. I used it extensively for taking photos of my daughter’s soccer team, but that need is gone. Now I find myself wishing I hadn’t sold it. It had great CAF and there are a number of decent quality lenses available for reasonable prices. I was hoping the P100-400 would be a solution (on my EM1) and provide me with reach even if the CAF on the EM1 isn’t at 7D levels. However, it’s priced at $2,500 Canadian. That means $2,800 out the door after taxes. That’s more than I’m willing to pay for a lens that won’t provide me with great CAF and is relatively slow. So what are my options? Option 1: For $2,500-$2,800, I could buy a Nikon 200-500 and a used D610 (which would also scratch a slight itch to try FF) or a D7XXX. Alternatively, I could buy another 7D and a Sigma 150-600 for even less. Either would give me the reach and CAF that I want. It also would give me a second system again and weight/bulk that I don’t really want, but it would give me a good setup to take out for specific events. Option 2: For under $600 I could get a P75-300. It would give me a small form factor and reach. From what I’ve read, I wouldn’t expect great sharpness at the long end or much in the way of CAF. It would be a good addition to my kit for outdoor activities and much easier to carry. I could probably use this option to buy some time until the CAF capabilities of the EM1ii are known. Option 3: For $800-1,000 I could get a 50-200 SWD with EC14. I know some people (Phocal comes to mind) have coaxed great shots out of that combination and that it’s a quality lens. I know some others haven’t been so successful with it. Option 4: The O40-150 f/2.8 with EC14 would be on the short side. It would probably cost me $1,800+ used and $2,500+ out the door new. It’s a lens I’d like to have, but it’s relatively expensive and not as long as some other options. I’m leaning toward Option 2 just because it defers spending a lot of money until a clear, compelling alternative comes along. Are there any options I’m missing or any thoughts about which is best?