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Old Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 20:33   #1
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Best superzoom for Nikon

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I am in the market for a new birding lens, and I cannot decide between the tamron g1 150-600 and the Nikon 200-500. I know that the Nikon will be sharper, but will the difference be apparent for a Nikon d750 full frame 24mp camera? Does the extra reach of the tamron offset the higher sharpness of the Nikon? This is for shooting next to a forest, so medium lighting conditions. I cannot afford a 500mm prime. Thank you!
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Old Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 20:45   #2
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Hi Tomek and welcome to BF. I have no idea about lenses but i'm sure someone will be able to advise you.
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Old Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 21:17   #3
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Hi Tomek,
I had the nikon 200-500mm and it was a fabulous piece of kit.The lens is very sharp and a stop faster than the tamron.Both good lenses but if maximum quality is what you want,i'd stick with the Nikon.
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Thanks! I will probably get the Nikon because everyone seems to prefer it, but I would like to see a side by side comparison of the Nikon and the Tamron. Just wondering how big of a difference there is between the tamron g1 and the Nikon.
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The Nikon 200-500 is really a lens that punches way above it's price point. It's one of Nikon's best bargains. The only downside is the somewhat long focus throw, and the weight makes it hand-holdable, but really it is better on a monopod or even better with a tripod and gimbal.
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The Nikon 200-500 is really a lens that punches way above it's price point. It's one of Nikon's best bargains. The only downside is the somewhat long focus throw, and the weight makes it hand-holdable, but really it is better on a monopod or even better with a tripod and gimbal.
One other thing is that the AF is pretty slow. It's OK, but it's slower than on some other long zooms.

I also wouldn't be able to cope with the weight myself, I much prefer lighter lenses.

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Old Sunday 10th March 2019, 13:12   #7
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I use the 200 to 500 zoom on a D500 body. I haven't had it long but results are slowly improving. It's mainly used hand held because I can't carry the tripod in my truck.

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Hi!
I am in the market for a new birding lens, and I cannot decide between the tamron g1 150-600 and the Nikon 200-500. I know that the Nikon will be sharper, but will the difference be apparent for a Nikon d750 full frame 24mp camera? Does the extra reach of the tamron offset the higher sharpness of the Nikon? This is for shooting next to a forest, so medium lighting conditions. I cannot afford a 500mm prime. Thank you!
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Why not consider the Tamron G2 150-600
The IQ is more on a par with the Nikon 200-500, it seems to focus faster in good light, and is about 2/3lb lighter. It also has the tap in dock module so you can completely fine tune it to your particular camera unit. The IQ is best when backed off a little to ~550mm and f7.1-f8 depending on distances. There's no real penalty when shooting at real close distances though where f6.3 gives nice subject isolation even on an APS-C.

In the end - you choose - the 1/2 stop faster aperture of the f5.6 Nikon, -- or -- the lighter weight, 10% greater reach, and custom tunability of the f6.3 G2 Tamron.




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