Birding and wildlife with the 300mm F2.8 advice

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Birding and wildlife with the 300mm F2.8 advice
Sep 5, 2010

I'm heading off to Maine next week for 10 days in the state hopefully to do some birding and other wildlife photography. I have rented the Zuiko 300mm 2.8 and have a few DOF questions and TC questions.

Up front let me state that I have a solid tripod and monopod (Gitzo carbon fibers) rated well above the overall weight with the E-3 and lens.

I'm most interested in experience with the lens straight up as a 300mm and also with both the TC 1.4 and 2.0. I have read on several birding photography sites that with the teleconverters that there is a distinct disadavantage with the 2.0 which I just recently ordered specifically for this trip.

The other question is one of DOF. At 100' or better am I safe for eagles and other large birds of prey in the wider aperture ratings of 2.8 to 4.0 or will I need to stop down to 4.0 or more to ensure enough depth of field for detail.

2nd try with this and hoping for some good results.

Thanks in advance for any helpful feedback.

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