(100 - 400) or (70-200 2.8 + 300 4L+ 1.4x III/ 2x III) for wildlife photography

Started May 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: (100 - 400) or (70-200 2.8 + 300 4L+ 1.4x III/ 2x III) for wildlife photography
In reply to Steve Balcombe, May 10, 2013

Hi,

I am in a similar decision process - thanks for that interesting threat – and one thought/question more.

Starting with a crop EOS and the 70-300 Non L, today I am shooting full frame (5D, 6D) with a 70-200 4L IS. I am interested in nature and hike a lot (daytrips). So size and weight in general is an issue for me.
With my old combo (Crop camera, 70-300) I did safaris in South Africa and Tansania. Also that a lot of the shoots I’ve done there had been at the long end, I want to stay with a zoom on the 6D.
As I realized on my last trip (Costa Rica) 70-200 4L IS with a Canon 1.4 converter is not a convincible solution on a full frame. Especially in critical contrast light situations the results are insufficient. Furthermore I miss reach, and had to crop the pictures a lot, which reduces quality even more.
In summer, we plan a trip to Namibia and Botswana.
The answer looks obivious – add the 100 – 400 L to the 70-200 4L.
The-digital-picture.com bring up some doubts about that, as they argue the 70-300L as an alternative solution, instead of the 100-400.
That looks pretty attractive for me: only one light lens to carry, modern lens concept with up to date IS.
What´s your opinion ?
Best regards
Stefan

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