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

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Bmark Senior Member • Posts: 2,463
Re: Nikon 400 f2.8G or 500mm f4G - best choice for wildlife?

I went with the 400 f2.8 for a couple of reasons.  Its sharper than the 500 and it has f2.8.  Wildlife is active in the early morning and late evening and sometimes I need the f2.8.  Then too the 400 takes the 1.4x teleconverter very well and so you also have a 560 f4.  It is a little more difficult to travel with this lens, but I've taken it to Yellowstone several times and to Katmai twice.  Never disappointed by the result.

I've shown this comparison several times, but I think it drives home the point

Its not really hand-holdable, but in my opinion neither is the 500 f4 for any period of time.  I use a tripod for 90+% of my shots.

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