D4 or D800E for birds?

Started May 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Lance B Forum Pro • Posts: 31,294
Re: Might be a lot to expect for $1069

Reilly Diefenbach wrote:

I have the 80-400 f4.5-5.6 and in good light it "matches" my 300 f2.8 VRII, like the Tamron 150-600 is supposed to be going to match the 500 f4, but in all reality, no lens touches the 300 f2.8 VRII 'cept probably the 200 f2G. That's just the way it is and no amount of wishing or tilting of facts will change that. As others have stated, you get what you pay for and to think a $2,000 consumer zoom will touch a $11,000 prime is a little fanciful.

Oh, I would put up some of my 80-400VR D800e/f8 shots against anything ever shot by me or anyone else with a 5 or 600mm lens. Got a bunch of them in my gallery. Nothing fanciful about it. After you get to maximum pixels clearly displayed, you're just making the rubble bounce in terms of detail.

I know you guys love your great big, expensive lenses, and they are excellent, but they can't make more than 36 MP no matter the price.

Here is a shot from the 500 + 1.4x TCII. This is a crop of the original which was 7360pixels wide and was cropped to 4700 pixels width. This is the resultant image I was after and what I have posted up on my website. Best viewed at 100%.

D800E + 500 f4 VR + 1.4x TCII, f10, 1/1667sec, ISO640

This is a crop from the original of 7360pixels down to 2300pixels width. That's a massive almost 70% crop!

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