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| p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · A few post Costa Rica trip gear opinions/suggestions.... |
Mike Bons wrote:
Geoff, thanks so much for the write-up. As a person who loves birding in the cloud forest and someone looking to upgrade some gear I really appreciate hearing your experiences.
This weekend I tried the 400 DO II for the first time and loved it. The ability to handhold it and for long periods and it's ability to take TC's quite well make's it very appealing to me. I tried it side by side the 500 II and the differences in weight and the ability to handhold it while photographing birds in flight is extraordinary. Your thoughts on the...Show more →
Don't get me wrong, I love the 400DOII. I sold my 300/2.8II when I got the 400DOII as I couldn't justify having both and I tended to want the 800mm option over the 300mm option. I still used the 400DOII a lot on the trip and I handhold it most of the time. At home I use it at least 50% of the time, so much more than my other lenses.
I just found that on this trip, I either was looking for maximum reach with the lowest f-stop possible which was always the 600/4 OR I found the short MFD and great MM of the 100-400II to be more versatile. Basically because I could approach hummingbirds to well within the 400DOII's MFD, the 100-400II gave better frame filling results.
I used my 300/2.8 in 2015 in similar shooting conditions in Ecuador and it was my most used lens on that trip.
What I really wanted on this trip was a 400/2.8 and I was seriously considering getting one...even thoughts of selling the 600 came into my head. But at home the 600 is more useful to me than 400/2.8. But on the CR or Ecuador trip, having the 400/2.8 option and still having the option to use TCs to match the 560/4 and 800/5.6 of the 600 would have been ideal. I never needed 1200mm on the trip (Thankfully)