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

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Janet Zinn
Janet Zinn Veteran Member • Posts: 4,463
Re: Holding on to the 200-500mm 5.6 after acquiring the 500mm 5.6 prime?

JasonTheBirder wrote:

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.

Jason hit the nail on the head. I kept my 200-500 and I'm glad I did. Even though I had the 500PF already, I took the 200-500 to Madagascar because I knew I'd want to shoot everything from reptiles to lemurs to birds. Ditto when I went to Australia, I knew I'd want it for kangaroos, wallabys as well as birds.

Another consideration is the close focus. The 200-500 focuses about three feet closer than the 500PF and that definitely makes a difference in a close forest situation, or for reptiles. It actually took me awhile to stop cursing at the 500PF when I couldn't get the close focus that I was used to with the 200-500 (I'm accustomed to it now

However, to be honest shooting locally at home I have not picked up the 200-500 since I got the 500PF.

So it all depends on your needs.

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