Out this morning with the Sony setup, I noticed that the few plovers on the seawall weren’t quite as confiding as they had been the other day when I was shooting with physically smaller gear. In spite of the fact that the Sony’s relative reach is ~920mm vs. ~512mm for the Canon with 100-400mm + 1.4X, the pixel width of the critters ended up being only slightly bigger with today’s shots.
Over the years it’s been more or less the same, some critters more picky than others. With the 180mm APO and 2X, most birds would tolerate me closer than when I was using the 280mm f/2.8 APO and 2X. I always wondered whether it was the hood, the length, or both. But in the limited number of times I’ve used the Sony 200-600mm so far, I’ve noticed that the most birds rate it same as a bazooka.
No problem here, as the Sony setup isn’t really my first choice for moving about in the field. It has other intended applications as soon as—well, if—I can travel again, though it might be better paired with a full-frame option by then.
Until then, those lightweight RF lenses are fantastic for non-rainy weather, and the compact EF glass works well when the weather is either rainy or a question mark . . .
. . . which is most of the time in these parts . . .