800mm f/5.6...lighter than 600mm f/4....nice!

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Geomaticsman
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In reply to jamesdak, Jan 29, 2013

jamesdak wrote:

Geomaticsman wrote:

JimPearce wrote:

I can get a 1DX and an 800 f5.6 IS for less money! No cool 1.25x TC though.

Better get the 800L fast Jim...before the MKII version comes out at a much higher price.

Truthfully, having shot the 800L I'm not so sure I'd have another 800mm lens.

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Gary -- Some Nikon stuff -- and a preference for wildlife in natural light
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Why not, I find it very rewarding when used with good technique. Really give me a chance to nail the shot on some of the wildlife work I do.

I'm not saying an 800 isn't useful, but I'm finding I prefer a 500+TC over an 800 -- the 500 is lighter, shorter, wider FOV and shorter MFD. Right now if Nikon released a 7 lb 500VRIII w/pancake MTF like Canon's 500MKII, I that could be the last supertele I'd ever buy -- and that's shooting FX for the rest of my life.

Consider such a 500+TC14EII should yield 700mm of decently flat MTF at f5.6...only 100mm less that the 800VR...the 800 comes with a lot of extra "baggage" with not a lot of extra punch.

If you need the reach, get a V2.

Just my experience.

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Gary -- Some Nikon stuff -- and a preference for wildlife in natural light
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