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

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
joejack951
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Re: Well, Nikon, thanks for making up my mind...
In reply to Jabs767, Jan 30, 2013

Jabs767 wrote:

Roland Lutz wrote:

JimPearce wrote:

I'll buy a 600 f4 - at half the price - and suffer the extra pound. And I'll keep my 500 f4 AF-S for hiking/travel.

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Jim

Putting a 600mm f4 plus a TC 14 E II on a high-res FX or even DX body gives similar reach and very good IQ for a lot less money.

Anybody in for a new version of the classic Nikon 1200-1700mm lens?

Roland

Roland,

I agree. My 600/4 VRII with TC14 produces 850mm (according to the EXIF) and although heavier produces excellant images with my D800 or D4 at airshows even handheld. Consider also that I can get 25mp at 1020mm/f5.6 also by using the 1.2 crop on the D800E! A number already published in the short time that I have had it.

When I need something not quite as long, I'll just have my trusty 500mm on the second body. Airshow action covered.

The same arguments about "very good IQ" can be made for the Sigma 50-500 or even a Nikon 1 with a 70-300 or m4/3 camera with some variable aperture 300mm zoom. That doesn't negate the fact that this new 800/5.6 is even better than the 600/4 based on the charts at least and it's still better than the bare 600/4 with the 1.25X TC attached. That's impressive, and if you want that performance it's going to cost you. I don't see what the big deal is and why all the moaning and groaning about price on a lens for which most of us have zero use/need.

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