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

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JasonTheBirder
JasonTheBirder Senior Member • Posts: 1,538
Re: Holding on to the 200-500mm 5.6 after acquiring the 500mm 5.6 prime?

If you can afford it, keeping the 500pf and a zoom like the 200-500 can have its advantages for those occasions where you need the zoom range on travel and you want to simplify logistics. But that would be mainly if you want to shoot things besides birds on such a trip like larger mammals and maybe use the greater magnification of the 200-500 for things like lizards. I am aware also that e.g. a D500+500PF and a second smaller camera with a smaller zoom can be an alternative but carrying around two cameras to certain locations is logistically tedious.

That being said, it is fairly rare that I will need less that 500mm for birds. The exception to that is basically fairly tame birds, very large birds like the Southern Cassowary (one of my favourite birds btw), or birds in flight where sometimes a shorter focal length can be easier to manage.

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