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Old Wednesday 7th October 2015, 07:08   #26
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Wouldn't bother with that update,

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Old Wednesday 7th October 2015, 08:57   #27
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I haven't noticed that behaviour so I won't bother. They can update it when I send my camera and lens in for calibration and cleaning in the future some time :)
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Old Wednesday 7th October 2015, 19:38   #28
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Disappointing thread on dpreview in nikon lens forum on how this lens performs with birds in flight.
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Old Wednesday 7th October 2015, 19:53   #29
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Disappointing thread on dpreview in nikon lens forum on how this lens performs with birds in flight.
pretty quick drawn conclusions from ONE user report?

but AF at f5.6 will of course not be any better than with a f4.0 lens,
thats the reality, and the performance of the camera's AF-system will be more important,

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Old Thursday 8th October 2015, 06:34   #30
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Disappointing thread on dpreview in nikon lens forum on how this lens performs with birds in flight.
I haven't experienced anything like what he describes. I shoot D7200 and the 200-500 is better than both the tamron and sigma sport for me.

I use af-c all the time with back button focusing. I take BIF and stationary shots and leave the stabilizer on normal mode. I don't even bother limiting the focus range because it just works.
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I haven't experienced anything like what he describes. I shoot D7200 and the 200-500 is better than both the tamron and sigma sport for me.

I use af-c all the time with back button focusing. I take BIF and stationary shots and leave the stabilizer on normal mode. I don't even bother limiting the focus range because it just works.
I agree, AF seems very reliable on my D7200. Also I cannot replicate the AF issue related to the recall for the firmware update even though mine is one of the first lenses released.
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Old Thursday 8th October 2015, 22:04   #32
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pretty quick drawn conclusions from ONE user report?
I didn't draw any conclusions - just pointed out the thread. I'm certainly hoping that other users will report better experiences - as indeed is now happening lower down that same thread...

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Old Friday 9th October 2015, 01:41   #33
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Question,

Will it perform good too on older body like D300s? Or much better with full frame?
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Old Saturday 10th October 2015, 07:34   #34
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Old Saturday 10th October 2015, 22:06   #35
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Question,

Will it perform good too on older body like D300s? Or much better with full frame?
I have used the D300s with different f4 lenses + TC14 at f5.6, the AF will be noticeable slower in low light at f5.6,
in good light it was less of a problem, but the difference is there,

AF speed is also depending on processor capacity in the camera,
(and maybe battery capacity??)
D300s was a pro grade body,
but I suspect that the more recent D7200 will perform better than the D300s,

the D300s have AF sensitivity down to -1 EV,
the D7200 down to -3 EV (2 stops better in low light)

If the D300s + 200-500/5.6 will be fast enough at AF for you is difficult to say,
we all use gear differently and have different preferences, and expectations.
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I haven't experienced anything like what he describes. I shoot D7200 and the 200-500 is better than both the tamron and sigma sport for me.

I use af-c all the time with back button focusing. I take BIF and stationary shots and leave the stabilizer on normal mode. I don't even bother limiting the focus range because it just works.
Thank to your experiences I've been convinced to the D7200 and the 200-500/5.6 today. I did test the lens on the D750 too but as I already have a full frame Nikon I went for the DX crop camera. I have the D7000 and have been very happy with it over the years.
I'll hopefully get out in the field with it tomorrow.
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Old Sunday 25th October 2015, 03:43   #37
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Here are a few birds from my quick test this morning before the tourists turned up in the harbour. First impressions is that you can Hand Hold but not for too long. The image stabilising seems good but AF a tad slower than the 300/4PF which I would expect. Image quality looks ok and similar to D810 and 300/4PF.
Having the zoom range is great for birds, especially if you are restricted to a fixed position.
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Old Sunday 25th October 2015, 15:52   #38
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Here are a few birds from my quick test this morning before the tourists turned up in the harbour. First impressions is that you can Hand Hold but not for too long. The image stabilising seems good but AF a tad slower than the 300/4PF which I would expect. Image quality looks ok and similar to D810 and 300/4PF.
Having the zoom range is great for birds, especially if you are restricted to a fixed position.
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Nice! I hope you are happy with your decision. I am very happy with the d7200 and 200-500 combo still! Although I haven't got to use it as much as I would like due to the lack of birds in autumn.
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Old Monday 26th October 2015, 11:48   #39
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Another advantage of the 200-500/5.6 lens is that it brings activities out on the Hong Kong harbour much closer.
On my way to Lamma Island on the ferry I can shoot all the different boats I see. And one Magpie Robin. The image stabilising seems to work very well.
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Old Wednesday 28th October 2015, 00:19   #40
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Any chances to try it on your D3s?
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Old Wednesday 28th October 2015, 03:58   #41
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Any chances to try it on your D3s?
I haven't yet Jason. I'll try it next week with the D810 and D3s. Off to Beijing today for a few days.
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Old Monday 2nd November 2015, 14:50   #42
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Took the 200-500/5.6 out today with the Nikon D3s and D7200. The D3s was as fast as I remember and AF seemed to lock on a bit better than the D7200 and hold it. Overall though the D3s image quality now seems a bit dated compared the great sensor in the D7200 - plus a few more megs to play with.
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My mate's bush pond started to come to life today and it was sunny as well. The D7200 pairs nicely with the 200-500/5.6 and it's now the lens I use most of the time.
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Old Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 21:22   #44
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Great captures Neil. Especially the bulbul.

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Old Thursday 5th November 2015, 09:09   #45
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Great captures Neil. Especially the bulbul.

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I see lot's of talk about the speed and IQ of this lens but I've been happy with it in good light. This photo of the Reef Egret was taken at 500 mm with the D7200 at f5.6 at about 30 metres.
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A few from today. Piebald blackbird, song thrush and blackbird feeding on berry

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Had the lens for just over a week and the TCE14III converter even less and of course we've had pretty rubbish weather since then. I've also been keen to find out how the lens gets on with the converter and see if it would be reasonable to leave the converter on most of the time during an upcoming holiday, so it has been on the lens all the time.

Finally had a bit of light today but not a huge variety of birds to try and get shots of. The combo has some limitations but fortunately image quality isn't one of them, the Redshank, Mallard and Long-tailed Tit were all shot wide open, the Redshank and Long-tailed Tit at 700mm the Mallard at 600mm. The main drawback is the less than snappy autofocus and intermittent focus-lock, even on a contrasty subject. However, if you can live with this and basically work around it I think this combo is fantastic as a lightweight and portable way to get to 700mm.

Not really had the conditions to try and get any bif shots although the gull isn't too bad and that's at 700mm. The drawbacks above obviously make it a little bit hit and miss but I think in good light and a good contrasty subject it would be okay - time will tell.

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Had the lens for just over a week and the TCE14III converter even less and of course we've had pretty rubbish weather since then. I've also been keen to find out how the lens gets on with the converter and see if it would be reasonable to leave the converter on most of the time during an upcoming holiday, so it has been on the lens all the time.

Finally had a bit of light today but not a huge variety of birds to try and get shots of. The combo has some limitations but fortunately image quality isn't one of them, the Redshank, Mallard and Long-tailed Tit were all shot wide open, the Redshank and Long-tailed Tit at 700mm the Mallard at 600mm. The main drawback is the less than snappy autofocus and intermittent focus-lock, even on a contrasty subject. However, if you can live with this and basically work around it I think this combo is fantastic as a lightweight and portable way to get to 700mm.

Not really had the conditions to try and get any bif shots although the gull isn't too bad and that's at 700mm. The drawbacks above obviously make it a little bit hit and miss but I think in good light and a good contrasty subject it would be okay - time will tell.

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Like Pete I thought I would give the TC14E111 teleconverter a go on the 200-500/5.6 yesterday. Of course I forgot that I had the D7200 and not the D810 so AF suffered. I missed too many shots due to the slow AF but I did get one frame of the Rufous-tailed Robin which I was happy with.
I'll try the combo with the D810 tomorrow.
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Nice shot of a cracking bird.

I have the D810, there were quite a few deleted photos from the couple of days where I've had light good enough to bother trying to get photos (but not sure any more than I normally find myself deleting), overall from the limited effort so far the keeper rate is high enough to make me think I'll be using the converter on my hols quite a bit.

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