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| p.1 #2 · Lens adivice for Vancouver Island - 500mm or not? |
I went to Telegraph Cove and Tofino/Ucelet last year with my 7d/500f4. I took a whale tour and a grizzly bear tour in Telegraph Cover. I also took my 100-400 and 5dii and 24-104 and 17-40.
Without the 500f4 with 1.4x, the grizzly bear shots would not have worked. Nor would the eagle shots. They were too far away. However, don't expect that black bear shots are noon will work anyway because the contrast will be too high. So unless you are getting up early, its not worth it.
For the whales its kind of a trade off. Sometimes they are far and sometimes close but most importantly the sun needs to be behind you. Often I would miss them close up and when I got them far enough away with 500, it was hard to get them in the frame quick enough. The best lens for whales was my 100-400 (good close in with a zoom). This was also true because you had to move around the boat and shoot around people, which is difficult with 500 f4 weight and size. Perhaps if I went on a specialized tour the 500 would have been better. Your 300 with 1.4 is close to 400 on 100-400 without the versatility of the zoom.
So I think a good compromise would be your 300f4 with 1.4x on 7d and your 70-200 on 5d2 - for whales. And 300 f4 with 1.4 for bear on 7d.
That said, if I can take my 500, I take it. This causes lots of stress in getting it on the plane that I have figured out. [I use a hollowed out kata 20n1? for 500 and 30n1 for lens/camera and it all fits on a small plane]