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

Started May 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kevin Jorgensen Contributing Member • Posts: 745
Re: (100 - 400) or (70-200 2.8 + 300 4L+ 1.4x III/ 2x III) for wildlife photography

R2D2 wrote:

Shilpaksphotography wrote:

i have recently bought a 7d and only have the 18-135 that came with the body. i know this question has been done to death but i have only always found a 100 - 400mm compared to either 70-200+1.4/2x or 300 4L+1.4. but im an avid (albeit amateur) wildlife photographer. what would be a better addition to my lens collection in the long run (i intend to upgrade to a full frame at some point much later) especially considering most of the wildlife/safari photography is done in low light conditions (at dawn/ dusk)
70-200 + 300 f/4 + 1.4x/ 2x 
100-400mm +1.4x/2x
i understand the budgets for these two would be a little different but that's not a constraint unless it makes more sense to buy the 100 - 400 for now and save the rest for a 400 2.8 or 500 4 prime. 
please advise.

400 f5.6L for birds and "distant" wildlife.

300 f4L IS for close birds and wildlife, and for low light.

This combo outperforms the 100-400 in virtually every aspect (except maybe sheer Fun).


I'd like to see you go from 300 to 400 in less than 2 seconds!

I have the 70-200f2.8L IS II and the 100-400f4.5-5.6L IS and am satisfied with both. I also have the 1.4 II extender but have no need for it

apart from the occasional moon shot as below. I used it on my 70-200f4L IS and wasn't impressed. You read a lot of crap about the 100-400 but its usually by people who don't own one. I have the trinity of Canon 2.8 II zooms but my 100-400 is my preferred walkaround lens. I, like you, am also thinking a 400f2.8 or 500f4.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM Samyang 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical +2 more
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