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  1. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    I'm sure you'll enjoy the 200-500. It was a fun lens when I shot it, lots of good shots. Yes, if you want to try to avoid lemons, buying native glass (nikon, canon, sony, fuji all make excellent lenses) is usually the way to go, though even then you can get a bad one. That said, you might...
  2. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    A lot of the stuff on the Internet will not show the slight technical differences between the two lenses -- only highly cropped or high-res will show the difference, assuming the photographers are equally skilled and equally lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Having the right...
  3. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    You will take great photos with either the tammy 150-600 g2 or nikon 200-500. There's really not a wrong answer between the two. It is all trade-offs. Personally, I found the 200-500 a bit bulky for travel around Alaska where I had to limit my gear size, that is why I sold it and went to the...
  4. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    f/5.6 - f/6.3 - f/7.1 - f/8 So it is 1/3 of a stop. Assuming you have the same SS and f/stop between the lenses, one might be ISO 800 and the other ISO 1000 (1/3 of a stop higher). f/5.6 vs f/6.3 is not such a big deal as far as overall lighting is concerned, but it can be a big deal for...
  5. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    All VR systems can jump the image around in the viewfinder frame-to-frame. Some lenses have VR modes that smooth it out to make it less jumpy. I am not really bothered by VR jump when I see it (which is rare). I do not think it is particularly an issue on the Tammy. Some lenses have a VR...
  6. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    There are 3rd party 1.4x TCs that will work, such as one that Tamron sells. But, the TC is a magnifier and it will magnify all the imperfections of a lens. It also cuts out 1/2 the light! So an f/6.3 becomes an f/9. Apart from high-end lenses, I do not use a TC -- I find cropping gives...
  7. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Good to know the d7200 does not black out the border of the rectangle. The d850 blacks out going from FF to DX mode.
  8. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    The 1.3x crop is on top of the 1.5x DX crop. Here's how to think of it. Beginning with a full frame sensor, the DX sensor is physically a 1.5x crop: the sensor diagonal of the FF = 1.5x DX. Standard 35mm FF = 43mm diagonal. Nikon DX = 28.3mm. 28.3 * 1.5 = 42.5. So you always have that...
  9. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Getting closer is almost always the best option. I think any of the lenses will give you great results, you'll need to practice with the setup some and get your routine going. Good shooting technique counts for a lot. Generally, IS does not work beyond 1/800 - 1/1000th or so, depending on the...
  10. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    I think 800mm equivalent (d7200 in 1.3x crop at 14 MP) is not too bad You could probably crop it again in post down to 10MP at 950mm. That's not bad, but that will be around the max you'd want to go. Maybe you could press it out to 5MP at 1330mm, but you would need to be at a lower ISO and...
  11. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Yes, that's a very light lens. Easy to carry. It does work OK with the 1.4x TC too, so you can get 420mm or 630mm f/5.6 equivalent from it. Marc
  12. M

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    I don't think it's changed much recently. The Tammy 150-600 g2 or Sigma 150-600 C. There's also the Nikon 200-500 f/5.6. I used to have that but am happier with the Tammy 150-600 g2. I found the 200-500 to be kind of bulky and slow to operate (zoom ring wise). The Sigma and Tamron 100-400...
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