Birding with a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4

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sgtsalamander
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Re: Birding with a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4
In reply to Vern, 6 months ago

I agree with Vern. I have used the 500 f4 for birds, with a 1.7 TC (rented as combo) and I still wished I had the 600 mm. You ALWAYS want more reach with bird photography If you're using an appropriate tripod and head, the weight difference between the 500 an 600 shouldn't be an issue. Hand-holding with either is possible, but is definitely tough, and an acquired skill. If you're using a TC, I'd recommend only using a 1.4 TC though, as the loss in autofocus speed and image quality is noticeable with the 1.7, but very noticeable with the 1.4. I have recently bought a d800 and I own a 300 f4, which I don't use the TC on very much as I'd prefer to simply crop, since the 800 has such high resolution. I'd rather not lose the autofocus speed with the TC, however small the loss may be.

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