Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 400mm 2.8
From: Doug Herr <>
Date: 4 Dec 2001 08:50:37 -0800 wrote:

> I've been off the list for a year or so.  Good to be 
> back.  We have recently purchased a second home in an 
> area where there is abundant wildlife.  I now have a 280 
> 2.8 lens for my r-8 but I'm thinking I'd like to 
> 'upgrade' to the 400 2.8.
> I'm looking to buy  a used lens but would be very 
> interested in trading my 280 and various other equipment 
> for the 400.
> Anyone out there know of a 400  2.8 for sale?
> Any other thoughts on a long lens for wildlife 
> photography?
A few questions come to mind - for example, do you want to overwhelm the critter with firepower, or do you want to "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" with a minimalist kit?
There are a number of approaches to wildlife photography that suggest a variety of equipment choices.
Do you have much experience photographing wildlife?
One obvious solution is to add APO 1.4x and 2x converters to your 280.  In many situations 280mm is plenty so I wouldn't trade that away (unless you sell it to me, cheap).  There are several photos on my website made with a 250mm Telyt that leave little to be desired, at least as far as image size is concerned.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento
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