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Switching to mirrorless from Canon D80 + 100-400 II (1 Viewer)


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Hi All, the time has come for the switch to mirrorless - and I ask for your kind advice. My question is - how do i choose the "mirrorless analogue" of the body+lens system that I am using now?

Currently I am using Canon D80 + 100-400 II, and I am fully satisfied with it - it offers the optimal balance between (1) weight, (2) image quality and (3) price. I travel often, also overseas, and have back/neck issues - so I cannot carry a heavy camera. I am a birder, not a photographer, and I do not aim for the National Geographic level of quality - but I do want the pics I take to be of decent quality.

I have done a bit of research and my current (probably, very limited!) understanding is as follows:

1. Body - as far as birding is concerned, the best mirrorless analogue for Canon 7d Mark 2 (and Canon D80) appears to be Canon R7;

2. Lens - looks like i have two choices. One is Canon RF 100-400 - which would offer me the same magnification as I currently have, a considerably lower weight and cost, which would be compensated by a somewhat lower image quality.
The other option would be Canon RF 100-500 - which looks like the direct mirrorless analogue of the lens I am using now. The cost and weight, however, would be much higher if compared with the simpler RF 100-400 option - and I am not really sure whether it really makes sense to buy this more expensive and heavy lens...

I would be grateful for your comments/views on the above. Does my line of thinking make sense? Have I missed something obvious? And which of the two lenses would you recommend?

Panamoz have a Canon R7 with an adaptor for £1190 which means that you could use your EF100-400 II. I used the EF100-400 II with an adaptor and it worked fine. Later I switched to the RF100-500 for extra reach.


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