Looking for minor upgrade for AF-P 70-300

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bluzman Contributing Member • Posts: 774
Re: Looking for minor upgrade for AF-P 70-300

I Love Furry Animals wrote:

I have the AF-P 70-300 FX lens, been very happy with it. Want a second lens so both me and my wife can shoot wild life together. Looking for one with slightly more reach, better AF and IQ if possible.

I rented the AF-S 200-500 for few days just to get the feel of it, it was a great lens but we think this probably too heavy for us.

What are our options without breaking my shoulder and the bank? Which of these are better overall compared to what I already have?

  • AF-S 300 f4 (plus TC 14e)
  • 70-200 f2.8 (with TC 1.7 or 2.0?)
  • 80-400 VR
  • Any better option from Tamron or Sigma?

What I shoot is mostly 300mm so I don't really need the zoom, but appreciate more reach if possible. 500mm PF is just too expensive for us, so please don't suggest anything around or above this price range 🙂

I have the DX version of the AF-P 70-300mm that I use on both a D5600 and a D7500. It's light and sharp...love that lens. For more reach, I added a Sigma 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM C lens to my kit. I got it for what Sigma has it listed for currently (https://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/telephoto-lenses/100-400mm-f5-63-dg-os-hsm-c). At the time, that included the lens dock.

It's a full frame format (DG=FX) lens with image stabilization (OS=VR). On a DX format camera, I believe it will give what a full frame 150-600mm would give on an FX format body. I also considered the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C but it's almost 2 pounds heavier. I'll be 76 in a couple of months and have no problem shooting handheld with the 100-400mm although if I'm going to be in the field for extended periods, I use a monopod.

Here are a couple of images.

 bluzman's gear list:bluzman's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Nikon D750 Nikon D7500 Nikon Z50 Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 +17 more
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