Birding with a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4

Started Feb 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
calson Veteran Member • Posts: 9,315
Re: Birding with a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4

I went with the 500m as it is much easier to manage and it works great with all three Nikon teleconverters so I have a 500mm f4, 700mm f5.6, 850mm f6.3, and 1000mm f8 lens options and even the f8 is usable with the current cameras with the f8 AF sensors including the D600/610 cameras.

With the 600m which I have used it is a struggle to be mobile and it requires a heavier tripod and ball head to support the extra weight. For small birds it is worth the extra expense and effort or going with more expensive 800mm f5.6 lens.

I shoot with the 500mm f4 and the teleconverters as well as the 80-400mm VR II or 70-200mm VR II lenses for bigger critters. Good combination.

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