Birding with a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4

Started Feb 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
Geomaticsman Senior Member • Posts: 2,036
Re: Definitely the 600 f4...

JimPearce wrote:

As long as you don't mind the weight and will put it on a 5 series Gitzo (or equivalent). It is slightly sharper than the 500 f4 VR and is a pretty good deal at the price. I'm waiting for Nikon to do an FL VR update which should be lighter and sharper - but more money. In the interim my 17 year old 500 f4 AF-S is a pretty good match for my D7100 and D300s.

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+1 Jim and I are in total agreement as usual. I'd prefer the reach/performance of the 600VR over my 500VR, but as a hand-holding shooter the 600 is out of consideration. If/when Nikon get around to updating their superteles along the lines of Canon's lightweight MKII's, then I'll have to re-evaluate, but at this point I think I'd still stay with a 7lb 500mm as long as there was a high-performance DX body to attach to it.

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