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To Keep It Or Not To Keep It. 200-500 5.6


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#1 John W

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 03:02 PM

I have to decide in the next day or two whether to keep my 200-500 or return it. I like the lens but the images are not as rich as with the 500 f/4E FL. I think it is a great value and I like shooting it handheld which would make it a good travel lens choice. Another choice would be to find a good copy of the 80-400G or maybe there is some other lens I have not thought of. The 200-500 covers a range I need and would make a good in close BIF lens in the 300-400mm range where it really shines.



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Posted 08 September 2016 - 03:44 AM

To me it is no surprise that the 500 F4 makes better pictures then the 200-500, it is probably 5-7 times as expensive.

In most use cases it will be better, therefore you have to find out which use cases still apply for you that you want to use the 200-500 for.

  1. If you don't want to carry that much weight.
  2. If you want to zoom (as you can fill the frame)
  3. If you are traveling and the very expensive lenses can give problems with customs
  4. If you think that it is not safe to take the 500 F4 (chance of damaging it, getting stolen, etc), in which cases you prefer to risk a less expensive lens.
  5. .....

If you know for which use cases you still want to use it, then you also know if the 200-500 is the right option, it could be that other lenses fot that use case better.

 

Only I think that the 200-500 is the best option you can get for the 300-400mm range. From what I have read it is sharper then the 80-400G and cheaper.

 

Good luck with you dilema (which is a luxury problem ;)).


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 04:21 AM

There may be times when 200mm may be needed. Some animalscape looser compositions?

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Posted 08 September 2016 - 05:07 AM

If it was me, I'd be keeping it!


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 05:51 AM

I would keep it.

The 500 FL is a fantastic lens, but sometimes it can easily restrict you from shooting a subject simply because it is too close to fit in the frame.

 

Unless... you plan on spending on a 200-400 VR II or a 400mm f/2.8



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Posted 08 September 2016 - 07:43 AM

Thank you for taking the time to respond. I think I will keep it. It fits a space that is similar to the Canon 100-400MKII. I don't think it is as sharp and definitely not as quick to focus but still a really useful lens and a great value. I like the idea of the 200-400 VRII but at 5X$, 15" and 7.5lbs it is another beast and not a really travel friendly lens. The 200-500 packs easily, is hand hold user friendly, and takes great shots, especially out to 400+-. I think it softens just a bit at 500. For the 1250 I spent I don't think I will have much downside if - when I want to make a change. 

 

If I ever trip over a bag of money or someone sells another boat I forgot I owned a share of, I will be trying to find a good deal on the 400 f2.8E FL. 






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