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#1 John W

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 03:26 PM

I am getting ahead of myself but it is always fun to have a wish list. If I wanted to buy the best available wildlife lens to pair with a D500, in the $5000 range, what would it be? Used is an option I am comfortable with. Would it be the same lens if one had a special interest in shooting BIF?



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Posted 12 August 2016 - 05:52 PM

Depends on your style and targets.
If small birds and desire to fill the frame, then 600mm prime which is way out of reach $$$$.

400 f/2.8 is your best bet along with a TC-IIIE 1.4x tele for extra extra reach.

 

Although the 600mm focal length that you'll get with the 400mm on the D500 due to the 1.5x crop factor of the APS-C sensor is more than decent IMHO.



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:38 PM

Still trying to learn all of the abbreviations I see on this site. BIF?

 

Sorry for the newbie question ;)



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:43 PM

Birds In Flight

 



Still trying to learn all of the abbreviations I see on this site. BIF?

 

Sorry for the newbie question ;)



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:44 PM

Birds in flight

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 11:06 PM

Honestly I would rent the 400 2.8 and the 500 or 600 f4 and see which one gets better results. All of these lenses cost so much I dont think you would regret the bit of cash for the rentals.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 01:52 PM

Good idea JB. I am getting discount codes to a couple of rental companys now so pm and I will pass it along if I have a current code.

 

Is the current version of the 400 2.8E FL ED VR  $9000 used much better than the previous 400 2.8G ED VR $5000 used version?



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 06:23 PM

Yes! The old version is 10.5 pounds the new version is 8.5 pounds and is much nicer balanced. Because the old version is very top heavy it is almost impossible to handhold, the new version is doable but start working out :). The new version is as close to a perfect MTF chart that has ever been achieved in a telephoto. IE: as close to perfect light transmission everrrrrrrrrrr. And 9k is a steal.

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 09:00 PM

One day in the far far future I plan to add a 400 2.8 to the collection. Probably after the next deployment to the middle east. I hand hold the 500 about 50% of the time. However, if you start tracking flying birds it will get tiresome fairly fast.



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 08:22 PM

If the 400 2.8 is out of reach $ what about the 500mm f/4G AF-S ED VR $5000 used vs the new 500 f/4E FL ED VR $9500 used. Does the newer lens have much better IQ or just weigh less? 

 

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 08:24 PM

All the new FL versions are lighter, sharper and faster AF

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 08:30 PM

Thanks Steve, sharper like its obvious or like if you pixle peep there is a difference?



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 08:48 PM

Pretty much Zeroooo chromatic abberation on the new glass, but yeah on the 400mm version? Pixel peeping. Not sure about the 500 n 600mm new/old versions.

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 09:16 PM

Thanks Steve. One more question you probably can't answer but I would be interested in your opinion. Would there be a noticeable difference between the sharpness, detail and IQ of the older 500mm f/4G AF-S ED VR and the new 200-500 5.6?



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 09:41 PM

Yup the older prime is probably sharper.




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