Nikon 400 f2.8G or 500mm f4G - best choice for wildlife?

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PerfectPoms Senior Member • Posts: 2,333
Re: Nikon 400 f2.8G or 500mm f4G - best choice for wildlife?

You might also consider the Nikon 500mm f/5.6 pf lens.  The major limitation of this lens is a stop slower than the 500 f4 - which may be an issue shooting in poor light at sunrise and sunset.  There is a great review of this lens just posted in this forum that is at the top of the forum right now.  This lens should also be considered against the 400 2.8 and 500 f4.

The 400 2.8 is a much more flexible lens than the 500 f4.  It is close to as good as a lens gets, and it takes all 3 teleconverters very well - 1.4, 1.7 and 2 x TC's.  Even the 2 x TC is respectable on this lens, giving you 800 mm reach at f 5.6 wide open (maybe stopped down half a stop or a bit more for better sharpness).

It's possible to use all 3 TC's on the 500mm f4 lens, and the 500 f4 is lighter.

The choice may depend a bit on whether you can find a better deal on either lens, and if you shoot close enough to sunset and sunrise that you may like better the flexibility of being able to use the 400 2.8 with no TC in really poor light.

There are lots of reviews of these lenses and threads in this forum that you could probably spend DAYS reading to help you decide.  (Reviews may say that the 400 2.8 plus 1.4 x TC might be even better than the 500 f4 bare)

Have you tried using teleconverters on your 300 2.8?

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