Out with the Canon setup, which is my favorite, for the first time in a while, I shot with the RF 100-400mm in the morning. As usual, it performed well. Not perfectly, but well.
Fishing the 100-500mm out of the outbound bin, I shot with it in the afternoon. It struggled with subject matter under canopy, backlit, and dimly lit critters. But the correctly-focused shots were so prime-like. Later in the day I poked around on the internet to see what settings other bird-chasers use on the R5, and I tweaked a thing or two. The lens will get another outing tomorrow, assuming weather permits.
If results are no better, it’ll go to Canon service the next day. The raves about this lens that I’ve been reading don’t coincide with what I’ve gotten from it so far, especially in terms of consistency. Time to make it produce.
Why? Well, it’s a bit of a story. One of the things that put me off the Nikon 500mm PF for so long was its 3-meter MFD. That automatically means it’s not versatile enough for travel. And although it is otherwise a fantastic lens, Nikon’s mediocre AF, even with F-mount bodies, sells it short.
Add to that the fact that I’d much prefer to have just one full-frame system, and the lens is sort of the odd man out. Every time I’m out in the field with the D7500 or Z fc, I feel stupid that I have an R5 in the dry cabinet at home. And wouldn’t mind adding an R6 to the arsenal, as well.
Fingers crossed on the RF zoom . . .