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Telephoto Lenses with focal lengths longer than 60mm.

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Old 24th March 2018
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Decided to go long - but what to choose?

Currently I use the 40-150 pro for indoor studio work and got one with the 14-Mc's to add a bit of reach for some wildlife work. It was evident though that 210mm (420 equivalent FF) wasn't really going to cut if for bird photography in many situations, so I started looking at the longer options; the Olympus 300mm pro and the 100-400 Panasonic are obvious options. I quite like the versatility the zoom option from panasonic, but was concerned about the f6.3 at the 400mm end, also for the Olympus was 300mm long enough? Now I could hire both of these locally and give them a try to see which I felt was the best option a three day hire for each would total 140, but at the end I'd have nothing to show for that outlay except obviously the personal experience of actually using them, but in the end decided to buy a Samyang 300mm f6.3 mirror lens. So this would let me know about the limitations of the restricted aperture of the Panasonic and also the reach of the Olympus and there would be no pressure to get loads of shooting condensed into those three day hire periods. The only downside is of course it's a manual focus lens, but, I always used to focus manually in the past...before I went digital! OK I know the downside of mirror lenses, with the reduction in contrast, softer overall image quality and of course donnut out of focus highlights, but at least it is a cheapish option to have in my bag over the next few months to help me decide - oh and first impressions based on the results aren't that bad actually
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