* The Weekly Image Thread 20 11 30 #504 *

Started 3 months ago | Photos thread
EZGritz Senior Member • Posts: 3,024
Re: "Test and Wow" 100-400

Right now I can buy the 100-400 for $1,350+ tax. I have $400 worth of gear to trade I haven't used in a long time. The guy with the Panny 100-400 said he bought that lens used for $1,000. Used doesn't scare me. Sometime in 2021 the OLY lens may be ~ $1,000 used or refurbed. No way to know.

This is totally subjective. Is it worth it to you and I or no? I don't know yet. If I decide it is I'll buy it. I shoot backyard birds too and don't need it for that. They come close enough to me that the 40-150PRO is long enough without a TC. With the MC20 it's 300mm f/5.6 and I bet it's better than your 100-300 Panny. I sold my 75-300 OLY when I bought the 40-150 PRO because I knew I would never use the 75-300 again.

I would only use the 100-400 if I go in the field. So far I have not done enough of that to own the lens. I have to make a commitment to do more birding in the field to make it worth owning this lens. I'm doing more birding this year because there are no motorsports or car shows since March 2020. That will change in 2021. Do I have time and desire for birding and motorsports? Not sure. I can rent a 300 f/4 and/or the 100-400. I own the 40-150PRO and use it a lot.

I am thinking the same way you are. Now that I know what it can do. Will I use it? How often?

I have to consider my skills, desire to improve them, time and desire to work at it. I'm not Scott Bourne - OLY Pro who lives in the Seattle area. I never will be. What matters to me is how I do with the lens. Not how Scott does with it. I can only look at Scotts' photos and dream.

Watch for more 100-400 photo posts if it interest you. I have them from many different distances, shutter speeds and ISOs'. You might find them interesting.

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Olympus E-M1 II Olympus E-M5 III Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 Olympus Zuiko Digital 2.0x Teleconverter EC-20 +10 more
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