Torn between Min 500mm Reflex and Min 100-400mm APO

Started Apr 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kzoozoomer
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Re: Torn between Min 500mm Reflex and Min 100-400mm APO
In reply to arie, Apr 29, 2013

I have them both plus the 100-300 APO D.  I prefer the 100-400 APO over the 500 reflex both for image quality and for focal length flexibility, and I had good results with it handheld on a trip to Alaska.  That said, the 100-400 APO is fairly large and heavy, and I much prefer my 100-300 APO D for general travel.  The 100-400 APO's bokeh is okay but can suffer under certain busy backgrounds.  Also, the lens sometimes hunts a lot trying to AF, occasionally requiring me to switch the camera on and off to get it to focus.  As for zoom creep, this was easily solved for me with the use of a Lens Band.

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