Nikon 200-500mm AF-S F5.6 V 300mm F4/D AF-S Prime

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StefanSC Regular Member • Posts: 297
Thought about trading my 300 f4D for a 200-500...

About 3 years ago thought about doing that so I borrowed a 200-500 mm from a store.

A very nice lens, the 200-500, but I found the following (on the D810):

The 300mm at f4 was clearly sharper than the 200-500 wide open at 300mm and above. I would go so far to say that I would get better images from 300mm cropped than the 200-500mm at 400mm.

The 300mm + TC14II was pretty much on par compared to the 200-500 @ f5.6 and 400 and 500mm.

The AF speeds were pretty similar, with the 300mm without TC being perhaps a smidge faster.

Under the 20m distance to subject the framing differences between them were quite small (the zoom’s 500mm is something more like 460mm).

Also, the 300mm + TC 14II was about half a stop brighter than the 500mm at 400mm f5.6.

Taking all that into consideration, I chose to keep the 300m f4 instead of the 200-500mm f5.6.
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