Six of one . . .

. . . half dozen of another . . .

Except in this case, it’s a bit more than 4X the price. Out with the RF 100-400mm, shot mostly with the 1.4X extender under less favorable light than yesterday’s, I came back with images that appear to my eyes to be at least as good as, maybe a few marginally better, than what I’ve gotten so far with the RF 100-500.

Sure, both are great lenses. But before I headed out this afternoon, my kitchen scale showed that the R5, RF 100-400mm, and RF extender 1.4X weigh exactly one gram less than the RF 100-500mm lens unattached! For pretty much the same image quality, which one do you think I’m gonna carry?

Both images below were shot under canopy at ISO 10,000, both using the extender. Both are cropped at 100% and run through Topaz. Only the kingfisher pic had any sharpening added beyond what Topaz did. To my eyes, these look slightly better than what I got from the 100-500mm yesterday and the day before. And less processed.

Do I regret acquiring the 100-500mm? Not at all! I’ve gotten to try it thoroughly, and now it’ll hopefully get trundled off for enough to pick up that new R7 as soon as it launches. 😎

R5/RF 100-400mm/RF 1.4X
R5/RF 100-400mm/RF 1.4X