The best birding lens...?

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The best birding lens...?
Jul 11, 2014

Currently I'm using an old Canon FD 300 f4, and it works, but I'd like lighter, sharper, and native, AF capable glass.

If you had a choice which would you pick?:

Panny 100-300;

Pros- faster than Oly

Cons- bigger/bulkier, only tripod option is over $100 and special ordered from Germany, no teleconverter

Oly 75-300;

Pros- possible to mount 3rd party collar, smaller/slimmer

Cons- slower, still no telecon

Oly 50-20;

Pros-  excellent lens, not too  expensive used, great for sports too due to range, fast, has tripod collar and telecon option

Cons- second most expensive option, not technically native glass

Oly 300 4;

Pros- light/small, probably very sharp, tripod collar, (basically the upgrade I really want!)

Cons- not released yet, most expensive option, and no telecon option... that we know of...

Other suggestions, even for MF glass, definitely welcomed.

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