Wildlife Trip: M6 II + EF 100-400L vs R5/R6/R7 + RF 100-400/RF 100-500L?

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Wildlife Trip: M6 II + EF 100-400L vs R5/R6/R7 + RF 100-400/RF 100-500L?

I've got a 3 week Arctic cruise trip coming up in 2 weeks (mid-July) and need help figuring out my kit.

I've already got an M5 w/ 18-150 & 11-22 lenses as my regular small/light travel kit. However, AF is too slow on the M5 for moving subjects so I'm looking into "upgrading" this to an M6 II.  Until Canon releases smaller RF lenses, I plan to keep a permanent M-series kit.

My plan was to buy an M6 II + EF-EF-M adapter + viewfinder, and rent EF 100-400L II. I've used this lens on safari with my old 80D (which I've sold when downsizing). I read the M6 good/fast AF for wildlife so I hope this pairing works.  The M5 & M6 can serve as backup bodies for each other too.

I really like the RF telephoto zooms (either buy the RF 100-400 or rent RF 100-500L) but I don't have a RF body. My first/top choice was to rent/buy the R7 or R10 but can't find any in stock.

The RP was my next possible small FF choice, but I found the R/RP's AF too slow for wildlife. I'd have to look at R5/R6 but it gets bigger/heavier/pricier to rent these for 3 weeks. I've only owned Rebel/x0D series so I'm slightly intimidated by these higher end bodies too.  Too much camera to handle?

Given the nature of this trip, is the M6 option good enough (which I've never used), or should I really look to a RF setup with all their modern tech (AF, IBIS, etc.)?

Option 1:  buy M6 II + adapter + viewfinder, rent EF 100-400L II (big lens = kit no longer small/light)
Option 2:  buy RF 100-400, rent R5 or R6 (start investing in RF)
Option 3:  rent RF 100-500L and R5 or R6 (expensive ~$1k in rentals)

If voting for Option 2-3, would you rent the R5 or R6? I'd expect every one to vote R5, but is it worth the extra $200-300 rental fee?

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