Of course you are right Neil, but the fact remains that I have taken a lot of pretty good pics of birds at close to 50 Mtrs, excellent pics at 10mtrs and excellent pics at 300mm. I have also taken a lot of noisy, grainy and hazy pics at 100+ Mtrs, but at least I got the picture. To be honest, when viewed on a PC, they are pretty good.
Guys like me, and there are probably millions of us, are not concerned about noise, lack of minute feather detail, occasional blown highlights or the other failings that can and do happen with every other cameras and lens ever made (according to all the so called experts)
As far as using a hide is concerned, then I can set my 900 at 500mm and get excellent pics, but if “something” appears in the distance, then I can zoom out to 2000 or more, and get a record shot and quite a good close up view.
Each to their own Neil, I stopped looking for so called perfection a long time ago,which is why I purchased the first digital camera sold by Sony, FD with floppy discs for the “memory card” and 10X zoom. I have a print of a Kingfisher on my wall, 10X8, taken with that camera. A camera that the experts wouldn’t have been seen dead with.
I am really looking forward to going hunting with the P1000 when it arrives.