Nikon 200-500 vs. Nikon 300 prime vs. 3rd-party 150-600

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  1. Peeb

    Peeb Semi-automatic Mediocrity Generator Supporting Member

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    I went with the 200-500 f/5.6 and love it, but it is a lot of size/weight.

    If I came into a stack of cash, I'd be tempted by the 500mm PF prime.


     
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    That's what i want the 500 PF f/5.6
     
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    Tailgunner No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I never tried the G2 but I spent some time with the G1 doing some Whale watching once. My old 80-400 V1 wasn't cutting it so I rented the 150-600mm G1. It wasn't that bad out 100-200 yrds when I cropped in on a Whale.

    The 200-500mm was hit or miss with me. It was beyond frustrating and so bought a 300mm PL w/1.4tc. This setup is very nice. Its sharp, compact, and lightweight! I mean its nothing compared to my 600mm F4 but its still nice. I may sell the 200-500mm and 300mm PL and buy the 500mm PF. Then keep that on my side as a secondary to my 600mm F4 w/1.4/1.7tc.
     
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    I have the 300 f/4 and the Tamron 150-600. The 300 is sharper and it will focus to 4 ft as opposed to 15 ft. The only downside to my 300 is that it lacks VR I never shoot it under 1/500th
     
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    And no rear glass element so it could be a issue with dust getting down inside if extra care is not taken and stay stuck in there. It's not a lens i would ever take off the Camera out in the field especially in dusty conditions otherwise its great. A Teleconverter on full time should prevent that but I gave up with the TC as it was slower to focus and back focus was a issue and to severe for me.
     
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