Holding on to the 200-500mm 5.6 after acquiring the 500mm 5.6 prime?

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Ricardo00 Contributing Member • Posts: 910
Re: Holding on to the 200-500mm 5.6 after acquiring the 500mm 5.6 prime?

Alpha Lyrae wrote:

For those of you who acquired a Nikkor 500mm 5.6 prime over the last few years, how many of you held onto your 200-500mm? Of course, this is all subjective as some may sell the 200 to 500 to finance another purchase or something else in life but has anyone held onto it and or came back to it for any reason? I shoot wildlife 95% of the time as well.

Ever since I obtained the 500mm 5.6 prime, it's all I've been using and the 200-500mm has been sitting at home. When I was using the 200 to 500mm, I was shooting at 500mm at least 90% of the time. Part of me wants to sell it but the other part of me thinks that it could still be useful in other situations where something in the 200-450mm will suffice. Just looking for opinions as there is no right or wrong answer to a question like this. Thanks in advance!

I am still holding onto my 200-500mm lens since getting the 500mm f/5.6 though I would sell it for the right price.  In fact,  I did offer it to a couple people who sounded interested but at the end, they didn't buy it.  I have also lent it a couple times to others who were considering getting one or just were curious.  For a particular trip (ie. a return to Alaska's Lake Clark area) I would be tempted to take it, that is where I found in most useful since the brown bears can be very close or further away and there wasn't a lot of walking involved.  Not sure how much a used one in good condition can be sold for, but my experience is one would have to discount it substantially from what a place like B&H sells its used ones for?  As you stated, of course if one needs the funds, then by all means sell it.  But in my case, since I photograph almost every day, if something happens to my 500mm f/5.6, it is nice to know I have the 200-500mm lens ready to use at home!

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