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Maximilian

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AlanF

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Probably. Still no R5, R6 or RF lenses in our stores. Only overpriced ones on eBay are available. And B&H and Amazon do not ship these models to Qatar for some reason.
The 100-400 mm + 1.4xTC is pretty close to the 100-500mm at 500mm. Can’t see myself buying the RF 800.
 

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Had to visit London this morning and managed to get 15 minutes in Regent's Park. Very cold and dull and had to shoot at iso4000 at 500mm f/7.1 on the R5. These are 100% crops from the centre of a Songthrush and a Great Tit straight out of DxO PL with no further noise reduction than its Deepprime. I don't know why some claim the R5 is noisy - it's easily controlled with decent software, and I posted these to show it.

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Maximilian

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Yet another sign of climate change:
Great white egrets usually live further to the south, esp. during the winter.
But since a few years they move further north and also stay resident here in Franconia.
Good for me, so I can get those pics below. Notice the ducks trying to photobomb this ;)


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The 100-400 mm + 1.4xTC is pretty close to the 100-500mm at 500mm. Can’t see myself buying the RF 800.
Finally got out with a rented RF 800. The birds did not cooperate at a nearby preserve so ironically, the best shot I got was in my backyard. My impressions match those of many reviews. The lens is fine but with the limitations of the minimum focus range and the use of f/11 only, don't see much of an advantage over the 100-400 with a TC. This image will never make a magazine cover, but it is what it is. My plan is to save up for an RF 100-500 someday just to cut out the need for an adapter, gain a little distance, and keep it simple. Then, maybe a 1.4 TC? One other thing which does not matter. When a new image is uploaded to LR, one can see the "rings" from the Fresnel lens for a brief while that then disappear. Not a big deal, I just never used a DO lens before.
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AlanF

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The RF 800mm was collected today by my friendly dealer, it wasn't for me. Before then, I had managed to get some shots with the 100-500mm of a Wren near us. It's one of the smallest British birds and one of the most common but you very rarely see them as they hide in the undergrowth. This one was 16m away, and I upsized it 2x to get it to increase the pixel count, effectively as a 1000mm lens. Tbh, I think it is as good as what I would have got with the 800mm, if not better.

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