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Nikon 200-500

Discussion in 'photo' started by ron, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. AudioAl

    AudioAl pfm Member

    With top quality photos like these why change to a 500mm ?
  2. ron

    ron Tweaker

    For mainly AF speed , one downside to the 200-500 is its pretty slow focus speed . For most slow paced shots its fine but for fast action shots like birds in flight the main action is missed by the time its grabbed onto the subject . For those Peregrine shots I posted I've trained my thumb to help on the focus adjuster to help it although sometimes I still can miss.Also another downside with the 200-500 is you lose sharpness at the edges , not bad on a DX camera but is there with FX especially the D850. Also IQ degrades more than a prime at longer distances , don't get me wrong its a brilliant lens for the price
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  3. ron

    ron Tweaker

  4. Blurboy

    Blurboy pfm Member

    Did you end up getting the 500mm PF? I’m looking at getting a prime 500mm Nikon and my choices were the ED-VR, a AF-S D or the PF. The AF-S D being non-VR is lighter than the VR version, still pin sharp though and much cheaper. The PF is virtually impossible get hold of but is still a little slow at f5.6 BUT is much smaller and lighter than both the other 500’s. I had dismissed the 200-500 because of it’s slower focussing speed but you simply cannot be failed to be impressed when you get images like you have.
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  5. ron

    ron Tweaker

    Unfortunately not yet , I was very close but now thinking of either a 500mm PF or might sound crazy a Sony A9 or A7R4 with 200-600 , if only this 200-500 was quicker I'd be happy . I missed another shot last week of a Sparrow Hawk flying towards me , I managed to keep it in the VF but the 200-500 motors are so slow it was too late. I've learned to use my thumb on the 200-500 focus adjuster to help speed things up but this time it wasn't quick enough. Its causing me a little frustration with some BIF , I know the 500mm f4 would have nailed it but that is just too large and apparently these Sony's are supposed to have fantastic AF with even the slower zooms. If the 500mm PF is quicker to grab and good for tracking it'll be great :/
  6. ron

    ron Tweaker

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  7. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    There's a lot of pro folks moving from Nikon and Canon to the Sony A9 mk2. Canon are still plodding on with the 1Dx mk3 but that'll be the last pro spec DSLR from them. Both Nikon and Canon have been slow to respond to the Sony A series cameras and it's starting to cost them users. I fear for Nikon in the pro area but Canon still have great glass that you see on the end of Sonys so I think they can ride things out till they launch the pro version of the R but that won't arrive until Canon have sold enough 1Dx Mk3s to recoup the R&D on it. How much R&D there actually is on such an old platform I don't know.

    You won't go far wrong if you go for the Sony - get to a decent Wex store and try one out and this is coming from a Canon user of 30 years!

    Great pics you're getting with the 200-500 especially on the D850 -what a camera that is - amazing image quality for the money!

    Kind Regards, Rack.
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  8. Lefty

    Lefty Trade: Amar Sood Photo

    Your images are superb @ron - makes me wish I was a wildlife photographer!

    I hope you are printing these!
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  9. ron

    ron Tweaker

    8 guys I sometimes see when out was all Canon users for many years but 6 of them have now moved over to Sony , a couple A9 the others A7R4 (one owns both) I think I'll have to try and rent one at some stage just to see how I got on with it . TBH think I'm pushing the 200-500 as far as it'll go , must admit though I love the canon glass . I tried a friends 1DX mk2 with latest 600mm f4 , I was amazed how light that lens is , I was expecting it to weight a ton
  10. ron

    ron Tweaker

    Thank you, I've still never printed any of my shots , just on my HD and uploaded to Flickr . You should give wildlife photography a go, I find it quite enjoyable especially being out away from too many people
  11. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    The new 400 2.8 is the same - crazy light! I’ve got the previous version which is a fair bit lighter than the one before that. I don’t miss that old iron block one bit but it served me well for 13 years. 1dx m2 is nice bit of kit - I was very slow to return the loaner back to Canon while one of my 1dx mk1s was in for repair. ;)
  12. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Would be interested to hear from people who've gone to Sony how they find the user interface, as that seems to be where complaints are centred on Sony.

    Years ago I had a Nex 7 CSC, the menus were awful...and almost every time I picked it up I found I had inadvertently started video capture.
  13. Lefty

    Lefty Trade: Amar Sood Photo

    I went from Nikon (D800E) to Sony (A7rII) and then back to Nikon (Z7). Whilst the UI on the A7rII was less than ideal (particularly AF point placement) I found I did get used to it.

    The newer bodies are much improved in the UI stakes and I'd have no hesitation in going Sony if that's your only concern.

    The reason I changed back was more due to the price of Sony glass. It's very expensive for the stuff I wanted and when I changed, there was limited third party (Tamron, Sigma) options available. This has since changed but to be honest, for my purposes, they're pretty much as good as each other.

  14. ron

    ron Tweaker

    A little silly with the teleconverters , manual focus , Live view set to electronic shutter to eliminate mirror slap , 5 stacked shots
    [​IMG]_85095949 by leon kirkbride, on Flickr
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  15. ron

    ron Tweaker

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