Higher ISO BIF

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Higher ISO BIF

We're going to Costa Rica next Feb.  I just found out that most of our shooting will be in cloudy, overcast conditions, which apparently is preferable on the equator as the high sun limits daytime shooting quite a bit.

I am not very happy with E-M1II bird images above about ISO 640.  By ISO 1600 (or less), fine detail (e.g. in feathers) seems gone.  LR produces fairly grainy results no matter what I do, and DxO Optics Pro Elite 11 Prime produces smooth (and nice looking) results but obliterates feather detail.

Have any of you shot MFT in Costa Rica?  Or shot BIF on very overcast days?  What is your experience?

Depressingly, I'm starting to think I must rent or buy a D810 or D850 and perhaps a lens like the Sigma Sport 150-600mm lens.  I really don't much want to go back to "big and heavy" and I much prefer my MFT gear, but I do want some stellar images from this trip.

Advice?

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