Ideal Amateur Birding Setup - D500/500PF vs new combo: A9/200-600

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BillW1204 Forum Member • Posts: 97
Re: Ideal Amateur Birding Setup - D500/500PF vs new combo: A9/200-600

krebnickel wrote:

Thanks! I already have a few questions that I don’t think I’ll find in the manuals:

1) with this lens attached, is it OK to hold the camera from the camera or do I always have to support the lens so as to not damage the area where it attaches from strain? Ive found already that when I am playing with the camera settings I have both hands on the body of the camera...

2) related to that - for strap attachment - do I attach to the camera body, or with this 500PF should I be attaching to the lens mount (e.g., with the black rapid screw in attachment, or also I have peak design straps that have the little anchors you attach).

3) I’ve never used filters to protect a lens before - but I’ve also never had a lens this valuable. What are people’s thoughts on this? I’d rather not use one if not necessary as I’ve always found the hood is protective enough and I don’t want to put a cheap piece of glass over a very expensive one.....

Please let me know if I should be posting these questions elsewhere or at least on a separate thread.


1.  While very light for a 500 mm lens, the 500 mm PF lens is heavy enough that I try to support the lens when holding the camera (useful also to get more stability for shooting). I also try to pick up the combo by the lens.

2.  I replaced the lens foot with a RRS foot.  I attach my black rapid strap to the RRS foot.  There have been some reports of the Nikon foot loosening when the camera is carried by the Nikon foot.  I have not had that problem with the RRS foot.  For the same reasons set out in 1, I would not attach the black rapid strap to the camera body or to a camera quick release plate.

3.  The hood is pretty good.  But I often use a 95 mm Nikon clear filter.  Sea spray, dust blowing in the Patagonia wind, etc.  I suspect many would not generally use one.  Often a question that results in a lot of disagreement here.

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