The 2X for the Lumix arrived from Japan yesterday, to my great pleasure. Interesting that the camera department of the online shop from which it was ordered appears to sell mostly older models or discontinued items. Not a good look for the Lumix TC, which has already been long out of stock at major online photo dealers.
Today afforded me an opportunity to put the lens/TC combo to work on both the SL2 and CL, with bright sunshine, plenty of air pollution, and heat shimmer providing some challenging conditions. The SL2 seemed to cut through the obstacles with no problem, yielding critically accurate AF on almost every shot. The CL fared better on higher-contrast targets, mostly at shorter distances where atmospheric factors had less effect.
But what a difference between these copies of the 70-200mm f/4/2X and the ones I previously had! Not only does this combo resolve a tiny bit more detail than the excellent Sigma 100-400mm at the long end, it also tops the R 80-200mm f/4/APO-Extender-R 2X, no small feat.
Next outing will likely be some practical shots at closer range, where “air” won’t be as much of a factor. Maybe I’ll even be able to talk a critter friend or two into sitting for a few shots . . .