200-500 and 200-400 moving forward, e.g., Z.

Started Aug 17, 2019 | Discussions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: 200-500 and 200-400 moving forward, e.g., Z.

David5833 wrote:

owlseye wrote:

In addition, it takes 360 degrees (plus) to go from 200-500...

As long as we are resurrecting old threads, we might as well correct this error: It takes a little less than 180 degrees to go from 200 to 500, not 360 degrees (plus).

I make it just over 180 degrees on a quite stiff zoom ring.

The 200-400 had much less resistance and (from memory) fewer degrees of zoom turn. - making the 200-400 the zoom turn convenience winner.

The 200-400 has over 12 inches of focus ring travel compared to about 6 inches on the 200-500.

On a tripod the 200-400 had easily the most precise manual focus of any Nikon lens I have used - close to the standard of using focus peaking on a ML body.

Digressing to focus peaking (unknown when the thread started) - it is a measure of acutance on the short edge of the frame - not necessarily the same of sharpness in the available depth of field. My advice is never use more than 1 as a setting and if working from a good tripod zoom in to 50/100/200% (your choice) to confirm focus is exactly where you want it.

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