Settling in . . .

Almost as if to reassure me that the EF 100-400mm+TC has sufficient reach, two of my lapwing friends kept moving closer as I shot them today. Shortly after that, a raptor, likely the same juvenile White-Bellied Sea Eagle I shot the other day, did a low, slow fly-by.

The combination was plenty sharp, too, leaving me wondering if it was actually heat rise that affected my Sigma shots the other day or if it was lousy AF by the Lumix camera. And I couldn’t help but think that the S5 wouldn’t have gotten a single in-focus shot of this morning’s eagle, whereas the R6 nailed 12/12.

It’s nice to have alternatives, but with the R6 around, it’s hard to think of reaching for the S5—especially now that I’ve just added an RF 800mm to the arsenal. After fishing an elasticized harness out of the strap cabinet, the weight factor has been neutralized for both the Sigma zoom and EF zoom. In fact, after nine miles of walking yesterday with the Sigma, I was still comfortable.

Sigma’s historical proclivity towards sample variation makes me reluctant to let this spectacular first-run copy slip through my hands. Nor do I relish the thought of it making a trip as freight back to Aizu for a mount change–if that possibility ever becomes available—although I have as much trust in the tech people there as I do the ones in Wetzlar.

Tomorrow it’ll be the R6 . . .

. . . if it doesn’t rain . . .

R6/EF 100-400mm IS II/Extender 1.4X III

R6/EF 100-400mm IS II/Extender 1.4X III