Days like today my critter friends keep themselves either hidden or far away. For sure, the 180mm APO/2X combo is too short for critter-chasing on full frame. But today 600mm wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
Which is why I was glad I chose the former before heading out. I noticed it in my weekend shots at the mud flat/seawall area, and again today. Dunno if it’ll show up in the crops below, but when critters are at a distance, the APO glass still manages to capture some feather detail. Not even the best zooms, not even the 90-280mm SL, can do that nearly as well.
The notion of acquiring another copy of the 280mm f/4 APO keeps popping up in my mind. Considering its age, it’d be a bit like gambling to source one. But after comparing the Sigma, which is a superb lens that’s on par with or better than some stuff that goes for more than double its price, with the 180/2X combo, I’d be happier with Leica glass heading out the door except on days when I specifically want AF.
The story drags on and on . . .