Thanks Wayne, a very convincing image with such low light!
Also thanks to JAAP fot another couple of convincing images. Are these also focused with the standard screen?
BTW my 105-280 is on route to me as I write!
I'm still waitng for the full matte, Dave, long wait.. A few test shots here.
I'm VERY pleased with this lens.
It has all the sharpness, bokeh, detail rendering and plasticity (read microcontrast) one could wish for. The only thing I miss from the 4.0/280 apo is that internal focussing! I think I missed focus slightly on the swan.
All three are with the 1.4x converter.
The front element on the 1.4 extends very (some would say unnaturally...) deeply into the receiving lens. If the rear element of the lens doesn't have something like 1" or so of minimum clearance between the glass and the mount, she no work.
One of the biggest PITA with R lenses is the slim number of lenses that will take the 1.4x. The thing just screams for a redesign. On my 180/2 the 1.4 made no notable difference in IQ, but interestingly enough, did come up as F3.2 vs the expected F2.8. That front element of the 1.4x is a VERY skinny light pipe vs the rear element of some of the lenses it bolts to.
The 2x on my 180/2.8 APO and on a test RobSteve did for me using his (now gone) 90 AA, it knocked the snot out of the resolution of both lenses. It got better if you went a further 2 or so stops down, but...
On the 105-280, RobS and I did a side-by-side test of it against my 180/2.8 APO and his 180/3.4 APO but we I don't think we tested any with converters.
The bird shots I should be able to better; I am still in the learning curve for the handling, I miss the grip to the focus ring from time to time, used as I am to the wide ring on the 280/4.0apo.
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Cracking shots, did you use a tripod or shoulder harness as they are very sharp for handholding such a heavy lens?
Mine has arrived done a few handheld shots only so far,
No, just handheld, Dave, thanks. I've been using this kind of rig for many years, I guess I have developed "Tele-muscles" by now. I am thinking of adding a pistol grip or light shoulder pod for convenience though. Unfortunately Don Goldberg cannot find the Leica pistol grip he was selling.
Judging by your avatar you must know about the use of long lenses in the bush. A bean bag at best and forget about a heavy tripod....
I'd like to find a mint or near-mint 280/4 APO if anyone wants to part with theirs. While I do have the Canon 300/2.8L, it "fills up the backpack" so to speak, making it useless for shooting on the go.