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

Started Aug 17, 2019 | Discussions thread
owlseye Regular Member • Posts: 234
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). Simply look at the focal length markings on the lens and it will be obvious.

This was corrected on page one... I don't know what i was thinking at the time.... Obviously, it can't be a 360 degree throw, but it sure feels like it is.

Having been out in the field all weekend w/ my 200-400, I can tell you that it is a pleasure to be able to zoom the lens with one or two fingers and make subtle shifts between focal lengths. Were this lens just a little better with a 1.4x converter, I would not be using the 500PF too. As a shooter who prefers to work from a tripod, the 500PF is not designed for a guy like me. I only own this lens so I can shoot smaller subjects or wildlife that requires a 750mm field of view (possible w/ a D500).

As a Nikon shooter, I am at a crossroads. Nikon makes the amazing 180-400 w/ built in converter, but the lens ranges from $9500 (used) to $12,500 (new US). This is a giant investment in a glass that will receive reduced support as Nikon transitions to mirrorless. In the mirrorless catalog, Nikon has yet to release a lens that exceeds 200mm. The 200-600 on the Z-roadmap is not an "S" lens. This suggests that the lens will be more like the 200-500 than the 200-400. While it might be great to be able to shoot at 600mm, if this is accompanied by a loss of optical acuity, then the lens is not for me.

While Sony seems to be building lenses that would meet my needs, I am not interested in learning a new UI, so until I see what the 200-600 nonS looks like, I'll continue to plod along w/ what I have... Linked are some recent pics w/ the 200-400 and Z6II

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