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Old October 2nd, 2021, 08:48 PM   #1
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Best >400 mm lenses for Panasonic GH5S under $2,000

Hi everybody,

What big lenses would you recommend for the GH5S that go further than 400 mm, are less than $2,000, and are compatible with the Canon 1.4x EF extender?

I recently got a GH5S so I could have more zoom power and good low light capabilities for 4k wildlife video. I was previously using the Sony FDR-AX100, which is great but doesn't allow interchangeable lenses.

I'm considering the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF. I noticed there's also a sports version of the Sigma 150-600 mm lens, but it costs about twice as much.

I have the Metabones Micro Four Thirds T Smart Adapter for Canon EF lenses. I already have the Canon EF 100-400 and 28-300 mm lenses. The 400 mm provides a bit of a boost beyond the FDR-AX100. With my 1.4x extender, the boost is better, but I still want more reach. Years ago, I got used to the zoom I could get with Canon XL camcorders and the EF adapter XL (7.2x magnification).

Would the 2x Canon EF extender be a good option? I opted for the 1.4x for my XL1S because I thought the 2x wouldn't let in enough light.

I'm planning on shooting 10-bit 4k video, so the Extended Tele Conversion feature in the GH5S won't work for me, but I read it does work with 4k in the GH5 and provides 1.4x magnification. I considered the possibility of returning the GH5S and getting a GH5 instead specifically for the Tele Conversion feature, but good performance in low light is also really important for dusk/dawn wildlife footage, so I'm leaning toward keeping the GH5S.

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Old October 17th, 2021, 10:09 AM   #2
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I ended up returning my GH5S and getting a GH5 II and a Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF. I've only done minimal testing with local birds, but so far, I am pleased with the results, even when using a Canon 1.4x extender and the 1.4x Extended Tele Conversion feature in the GH5 II.
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Old October 17th, 2021, 02:07 PM   #3
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What make of adaptor did you get to enable you to use an EF lens on your GH5?

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