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Old Wednesday 25th November 2015, 09:45   #51
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I got my repaired D810 back yesterday to took it out on the 200-500/5.6 today. It seemed to AF a tad faster than the D7200 in good light but not much in it. I love having the zoom as birds can come quite close sometimes.
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Old Wednesday 25th November 2015, 12:47   #52
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I got my repaired D810 back yesterday to took it out on the 200-500/5.6 today. It seemed to AF a tad faster than the D7200 in good light but not much in it. I love having the zoom as birds can come quite close sometimes.
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nice photos and nice bokeh,
FF have its pros,
AF speed will be even better with D4s,
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Old Wednesday 25th November 2015, 16:51   #53
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Lovely photos there Neil, light on the first three is fantastic.

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Old Friday 27th November 2015, 15:29   #54
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first ever non Olympus great i had (in 30 years) and this is what i got in my first day.

focal length 380 mm.

f 5.6 at 1/1250 sec

iso 320

WB manual 5200K

too bad the focus seem to be better on the belly. hope i can get better results next time.

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Old Friday 27th November 2015, 22:26   #55
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first ever non Olympus great i had (in 30 years) and this is what i got in my first day.

focal length 380 mm.

f 5.6 at 1/1250 sec

iso 320

WB manual 5200K

too bad the focus seem to be better on the belly. hope i can get better results next time.

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Old Monday 30th November 2015, 14:46   #56
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I'm shooting with the 200-500/5.6 6 days a week. Mainly at the bush pond. Today for 10 hours.
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Really great pictures, Neil. Looks like a super setup.
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I've been more than impressed with the detail that this lens captures. This Common Tailorbird was at the equivalent of 500 mm on the D7200 at a distance of about 4 metres.
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super details Neil.

this is full frame, not very happy as the focus was more on the wing, still need to learn how to control the heavy lens more.
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Old Saturday 5th December 2015, 12:30   #60
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super details Neil.

this is full frame, not very happy as the focus was more on the wing, still need to learn how to control the heavy lens more.
Nice bird and pose. Bird's heads are always moving so freezing them needs a higher shutter speed than for the body. I was shooting warblers at 1/60th second early this morning and didn't get any sharp shots, even with VR on. I needed around 1/400th to get a few keepers.
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This is what an Australian Pelican looks like as it passes over my head. Equivalent of 400 mm.
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Excellent pics, Neil. I know you have also used the 300mm f4 PF lens with the 1.4 TC, which is what I use on the D7200. I would be interested in your opinion on how the 200-500 compares to that set-up.

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Old Sunday 6th December 2015, 13:06   #63
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Excellent pics, Neil. I know you have also used the 300mm f4 PF lens with the 1.4 TC, which is what I use on the D7200. I would be interested in your opinion on how the 200-500 compares to that set-up.

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The 300/4 PF is a lot lighter so for walking around it's easier to handle. The range of the zoom is it's advantage. It's useful when shooting from hides when you have a mix of large and small birds. The 300/4 is a little faster when shooting birds in flight.
I haven't used the 300/4 since I got the 200-500/5.6. I like the extra reach and flexibility and don't see much quality difference. I do use if mostly on a tripod though.
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The 300/4 PF is a lot lighter so for walking around it's easier to handle. The range of the zoom is it's advantage. It's useful when shooting from hides when you have a mix of large and small birds. The 300/4 is a little faster when shooting birds in flight.
I haven't used the 300/4 since I got the 200-500/5.6. I like the extra reach and flexibility and don't see much quality difference. I do use if mostly on a tripod though.
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Thanks for that. I am tempted by the zoom for those occasions when I know I won't be walking too far. As you say, it offers a lot of flexibility. Thanks again.

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Hello,
If some of you are trying to decide between the Nikon 200-500mm and other affordable hand-holdable Nikon options, you might find Brad Hill's blog entries interesting. See the November 20, 2015 entry comparing the Nikon 200-500mm f5.6E, Sigma Sport 150-600mm f5-6.3 and the Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6. Of course Brad is only 1 reviewer evaluating 1 sample of each lens, and he is perhaps more of a big animal photographer than a bird photographer, but he does write some of the most detailed hands-on comparisons you will find. He also has entries commenting on the new 300mm f/4E PF and more expensive latest 400/500/600mm options.

http://www.naturalart.ca/voice/blog.html

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If some of you are trying to decide between the Nikon 200-500mm and other affordable hand-holdable Nikon options, you might find Brad Hill's blog entries interesting. See the November 20, 2015 entry comparing the Nikon 200-500mm f5.6E, Sigma Sport 150-600mm f5-6.3 and the Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6. Of course Brad is only 1 reviewer evaluating 1 sample of each lens, and he is perhaps more of a big animal photographer than a bird photographer, but he does write some of the most detailed hands-on comparisons you will find. He also has entries commenting on the new 300mm f/4E PF and more expensive latest 400/500/600mm options.

http://www.naturalart.ca/voice/blog.html

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Dave, thanks for posting the link for the test of the three lenses. I use the Nikkor 80-400mm with a D5500 and have not really been happy with the VR performance. I was using the Normal mode. After reading the review of the VR performance I decided to try the Active mode. Much better and a noticeable improvement. The D5500 also has a neat implementation of minimum shutter speed when using aperture priority. It's a sliding scale with five positions. With the Active mode I've been able to slide the minimum shutter speed to the minimum slider position and still get better performance than I was getting before with the Normal VR and the shutter speed in the middle or maximum slider position.

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Hi Paul,
I think the D5500 lacks the AF fine tune function, but if you ever upgrade your body, you might find AF fine-tuning can help improve your results a little bit; it did for me. I was rather surprised that both my D7100 and my D7200 benefited from the AF fine tune feature on both lenses I use. Not always noticeable, but I think it definitely increases the success rate a little for me.

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I think the D5500 lacks the AF fine tune function, but if you ever upgrade your body, you might find AF fine-tuning can help improve your results a little bit; it did for me. I was rather surprised that both my D7100 and my D7200 benefited from the AF fine tune feature on both lenses I use. Not always noticeable, but I think it definitely increases the success rate a little for me.

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I noticed yesterday shooting the 200-500/5.6 on the D7200 that the area of sharp focus seemed mostly to be just behind the bird, but also just including the bird at f8. How much adjustment did you need to do?
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I took the 200-500/5.6 out to the mudflats yesterday for the first time. It gave me some nice reach on the D7200 , although still not enough for a Peregrine chasing gulls at about 500 metres. I used it without the lens hood as I was in the hide and didn't want the front of the lens protruding.
Seemed to do a good job but not quite as fast getting on birds in flight as my 500/4 and 300/4. Nice to have the zoom though.
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I noticed yesterday shooting the 200-500/5.6 on the D7200 that the area of sharp focus seemed mostly to be just behind the bird, but also just including the bird at f8. How much adjustment did you need to do?
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I do not own the 200-500. I was commenting in general about the possible need for AF fine tuning with all Nikon telephotos, because I have found it necessary to apply a positive +12 or +8 on my 300 f/4D + 1.4TC and 500 f/4 VR lenses, respectively. I recently decided to start using the FocusTune software and focus target and I like the way it works. It is really tedious to gather all the frames in a consistent way for all the lenses I use, with and without teleconverters, etc. After all that work I really appreciate the software to help me evaluate the results. Of course, with a zoom lens, the best AF adjustment might vary with focal length (even more gathering of frames) but for bird photography, I would prioritize the long end of the zoom range.

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Dave, thanks for posting the link for the test of the three lenses. I use the Nikkor 80-400mm with a D5500 and have not really been happy with the VR performance. I was using the Normal mode. After reading the review of the VR performance I decided to try the Active mode. Much better and a noticeable improvement. The D5500 also has a neat implementation of minimum shutter speed when using aperture priority. It's a sliding scale with five positions. With the Active mode I've been able to slide the minimum shutter speed to the minimum slider position and still get better performance than I was getting before with the Normal VR and the shutter speed in the middle or maximum slider position.

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I haven't used it yet, but the sigma with it fine tuning dock may have the advantage here.
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I've just returned from Florida trip with 200-500 lens received 3 days before I went .
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2 anybody who can't get good shots in Florida doesn't know how to use a camera .They actually walk up to you or sit waiting for their pic to be taken !
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I've just returned from Florida trip with 200-500 lens received 3 days before I went .
Two things to say :
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2 anybody who can't get good shots in Florida doesn't know how to use a camera .They actually walk up to you or sit waiting for their pic to be taken !
Lovely images. Looks like you had good light too. I love Florida in the Spring too. It is like the birds ignore the people.
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I've had mine for 2 weeks. I'm very happy so far. All taken with a d7200.
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I have been putting off for some time getting into DSLR, previously sticking with digiscoping or high zoom bridge cameras more recently. I had convinced myself that I would be steering toward the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary (probably with a Nikon D7200, which I don't yet own). Having read the many well-informed opinions and excellent pictures on this forum I have had to think again. Does anyone have any thoughts either way?
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