M4/3 for birding

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OP Ontarian Senior Member • Posts: 2,187
Re: M4/3 for birding

cc99 wrote:

Ontarian wrote:

Thanks for the info and suggestions. I didn't know that the Oly 100-400 takes the 1.4x TC.

It also takes the 2.0x TC, giving 200-800mm at f/10 to (a slow and soft) f/13.

However, I find the 66oz weight (of this 45oz lens plus an E-M1.2) is a bit hard to handhold steadily, especially beyond 500mm. So both the weight and the very long (1600mm equivalent) reach tend to favour a tripod.

I borrowed both the Tamron 150-600 and Canon 100-400 MII on my DSLR and found I could not hand hold the Tamron steady at all.  The Canon was not as bad, but 1/2000 s to to a sharp image.  Spending a half day lugging them around would not be an option for me.  My 70-300 Canon Do weighs 720 gr ( 25 oz) and has a short zoom length.  That's about all I feel comfortable handling.

Alternatively, I also own the Pany 100-300mm (v1), and its 20oz weight pairs perfectly with an E-M1.2 (or Pany G9), and this combo is light enough (and short enough) to never need a tripod.

That lens is on my short list.

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