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Wildlife lens for D7200
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Apr 20, 2017 22:33:21   #
dsiner
 
I need some recommendations from experienced wildlife shooters for a good lens for my D7200. I have a tamron 16-300 and a nikon 55-300 but want more reach.
 
Apr 20, 2017 22:46:45   #
dirtpusher (a regular here)
 
This is a good TV show to learn off.
Host Doug Gardner talks about lighting an settings.
They use some big guns an not so big guns.

Wild Photo Adventures TV Series
They talk about the gear they use on each show.
http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/wild-photo-adventures/345836/


https://www.google.com/search?q=doug+gardner+outdoor+wildlife+photography&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYwKuaxrTTAhUCyoMKHRprAP8Q_AUICSgD

They have tons of utube videos

Myself I have a 150 500
Apr 20, 2017 22:49:19   #
JR45
 
I am not a real experienced wild life photographer, but I have the 200-500 lens that I use on my d7200
that I am happy with. Others have suggested that that lens with the 1.4 teleconverter is a good combination.
Apr 20, 2017 23:07:10   #
ggttc
 
JR45 wrote:
I am not a real experienced wild life photographer, but I have the 200-500 lens that I use on my d7200
that I am happy with. Others have suggested that that lens with the 1.4 teleconverter is a good combination.


I'll second that. The Nikon 200-500 is an excellent lens. We use it on a D810. But it its also exceptional on a d7100.

Works well with a 1.4 teleconverter...but that combo is a light hog.
Apr 20, 2017 23:24:36   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
dsiner wrote:
I need some recommendations from experienced wildlife shooters for a good lens for my D7200. I have a tamron 16-300 and a nikon 55-300 but want more reach.


option 1. I like the idea of a 300mm f4, maximize your image quality and crop if need be and use software pixel enlargement if need be. Try a 1.4X teleconverter with it to see how you like that also. Zoom with your feet.

Option 2. Get the bigger/heavier/ more expensive Nikon 200-500mm zoom lens. You will also need a support system to go with it if you are serious.
Apr 20, 2017 23:37:06   #
Mac (a regular here)
 
dsiner wrote:
I need some recommendations from experienced wildlife shooters for a good lens for my D7200. I have a tamron 16-300 and a nikon 55-300 but want more reach.


I use the Nikon 200-500mm on my D7200.
 
Apr 21, 2017 00:09:48   #
SteveR (a regular here)
 
It depends just what kind of reach you want. I have a friend who shoots great wildlife shots at Antelope Island in Utah with a Canon crop camera and a 100-400L IS ii lens. The Nikon equivalent would be the new 80-400mm.
Apr 21, 2017 05:16:19   #
GEEJAY (a regular here)
 
my D500 with the Sig 150-600 make a very good combo.
Apr 21, 2017 05:48:13   #
Jerrin1
 
dsiner wrote:
I need some recommendations from experienced wildlife shooters for a good lens for my D7200. I have a tamron 16-300 and a nikon 55-300 but want more reach.


I have a Nikkor 300mm f4 PF VR + Nikkor TC 14E III which I use with my D500. Brilliant results and very lightweight, though a little expensive. A month ago I bought a Nikkor 200 - 500mm f5.6 (which will also take the 1.4 TC) and it, too, is brilliant and cheaper, but heavier, than the 300mm. I have not used my 300mm since purchasing the 200 - 500mm. I shoot wildlife up to 5 -6 times a week and both lenses are excellent choices. Some people talk a load of tripe about fieldcraft or "moving your feet" to get the shot: but nothing beats a good long lens for wildlife.
Apr 21, 2017 05:56:28   #
easy8
 
I use the cheaper sig 150-600c an have excellent results can get for 650-700 on eBay
Apr 21, 2017 06:01:42   #
Dalek
 
200-500 is a great lens for birds in flight or wild life. If you want a bit longer, try the new Tamron 150-600 G lens and the special gimbal-type head they are offering for an additional $50.00. Looks pretty good and is weather sealed.
 
Apr 21, 2017 06:10:25   #
DaveO (a regular here)
 
imagemeister wrote:
option 1. I like the idea of a 300mm f4, maximize your image quality and crop if need be and use software pixel enlargement if need be. Try a 1.4X teleconverter with it to see how you like that also. Zoom with your feet.

Option 2. Get the bigger/heavier/ more expensive Nikon 200-500mm zoom lens. You will also need a support system to go with it if you are serious.


I would recommend using a body-pod support system,particularly for the 200-500 or eating plenty of Wheaties.
Apr 21, 2017 06:18:41   #
par4fore
 
dsiner wrote:
I need some recommendations from experienced wildlife shooters for a good lens for my D7200. I have a tamron 16-300 and a nikon 55-300 but want more reach.


I would suggest that "experienced wildlife shooters" do not use a zoom lens for reach. The 200-500 may be ok but at f5.6 and f8 with a tc I think a pro would not use it. IMO a 300mm on a crop body with a 1.4 is the best way to start.
Apr 21, 2017 06:19:50   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
dsiner wrote:
I need some recommendations from experienced wildlife shooters for a good lens for my D7200. I have a tamron 16-300 and a nikon 55-300 but want more reach.


What is your budget?

The sharpest lenses under $2000 without having to resort to using a 1.4 TC would be the Sigma Sport 150-600, Tamron 150-600 G2, and the Nikon 200-500 in that order, though the Tamron and the Sigma are pretty much a tie. Truth is, there is not a lot of difference between them.

This article, plus some personal testing with borrowed copies of these lenses, helped me make the decision to get a used copy of the Sigma last fall.

https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-200-500mm-f5-6e-vr/

While you can use any of these with their corresponding TCs, in doing so you lose an fstop, and autofocus performance suffers. All of these are sharpest if you stop the lens down about a stop, though F7.1 is a decent compromise on all three.

I also own a 600mm F4, which I take out when I am shooting in marginal light. The advantage of the zooms is that you don't necessarily need a tripod, since the stabilization is quite good. I've shot several thousand images with the Sigma and have yet to use it on a tripod.
Apr 21, 2017 07:01:37   #
timfonteno
 
I use a SIGMA 50-500 on a Nikon D810. Had it for several years & it works well. The D810 has enough pixels to allow cropping with minimal noise.
SIGMA also makes the 150-600 lens. Buy a sturdy tripod for that one b/c I hear it is Heavy.
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