With information that my extender should arrive on Friday from the other side of the planet, I put on hold any notion of making a move on other long glass. Obviously 358mm won’t be long enough for anything other than small, confiding birds. But I’ve begun questioning the need for anything longer until/unless normal travel resumes OR I start seeing more birds in my present location. I do have the RF stuff, but the SL2-S seems like a perfect direct replacement for the R6. Ummm, yeah . . .
After reviewing still more photos, I concluded that the 300mm PF + 2x would likely suit me a bit better than the 280mm APO + 2X, as the older coatings on the R combo render with slightly fuzzier-edged fine details than the F-mount glass. But that would put an asterisk next to my all-Leica preference.
Which made my insane mind drift towards the possibility of acquiring another TL2 to use as a “digital” teleconverter. Less robust than even the CL, with liberal tolerances that encourage dust and moisture, at least it didn’t heat up in the field as the CL did. I’d rather not veer away from full frame this time around—unless Leica changes its mind about ditching APS-C. Full frame it’ll be, methinks.
All Leica, though . . . what else is there once the 280mm APO is ruled out? The 350mm f4.8 Telyt-R at 1820 grams? The 500mm f/8 mirror lens with the bubble bokeh? Surely not any APO-Telyt-Module configuration that starts at almost six kilograms!
First, to see how the 180mm holds up with the 2X . . .