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

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Entropius Veteran Member • Posts: 4,354
Re: Ideal Amateur Birding Setup - D500/500PF vs new combo: A9/200-600

I have the D500 and 500PF.

It's astoundingly good.

The D500 and A9 are roughly equal in pixel count, so it's reasonable to look at equivalent focal lengths and apertures.

The D500/500PF will get you 750mm at f/8.4 equivalent and 1050mm at f/12 equivalent (using a 1.4x TC), both quite sharp.

The A9/200-600 will get you 600mm at f/6.3.

We don't know how sharp the 200-600 will be at the long end. But when shooting birds you usually never have enough focal length. Unless you are confident that you'll very often want below 750mm equivalent, the D500 setup should be better.

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Nikon D500 Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
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