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Recent Migration Trip to TX Coast
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Apr 13, 2019 13:47:44   #
Laura72568
 
Took a three day trip to the TX coast to photograph some migratory birds. These were all shot with my new lens, the Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF on my D500. Pretty happy with the results. Missed the zoom a little (previously used the 200-500mm) but I’m learning to zoom with my feet!
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler...
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler...
White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo...
Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican...
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler...

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Apr 13, 2019 13:48:23   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
Wonderful!

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Apr 13, 2019 13:49:19   #
Bunky1151
 
Very nice shots!

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Apr 13, 2019 13:51:47   #
Terrymac
 
All shots very nice. Thanks.

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Apr 13, 2019 13:54:38   #
SpyderJan (a regular here)
 
Excellent series Laura. I have heard nothing but great things about that 500mm. These shots certainly confirm the reports.

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Apr 13, 2019 13:55:45   #
Blenheim Orange (a regular here)
 
Those are great, Laura. Beautifully done.

Mike

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Apr 13, 2019 14:14:15   #
Cwilson341 (a regular here)
 
You should be very happy, Laura. These are lovely shots! Congratulations!

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Apr 13, 2019 14:29:58   #
SafetySam
 
Really great shots! Love the colors!

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Apr 13, 2019 15:20:31   #
kpmac (a regular here)
 
A fine series, Laura. Great job.

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Apr 13, 2019 16:17:32   #
vonzip (a regular here)
 
Great series, sharp and colorful. vz

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Apr 13, 2019 17:07:08   #
Katydid (a regular here)
 
Those photos are really amazing, Laura. So exciting to see what that lens does. I have the 200-500 but can only use it from the car, just too heavy to lug around. I wish I could justify to myself why I needed that lens, pretty pricey. But really lighter! Maybe if I see more of your photos, I will be convinced I really do need it. Keep posting!

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Apr 13, 2019 19:34:08   #
GregWCIL
 
All great, but numbers 2 and 3 my picks. Im sure many of us 200-500 owners would like to see a more detailed comparison from you. Does the lighter weight change your shooting style or facilitate new oportunities? How does the sharpness and focus speed compare? Did you try a 1.4x converter with it?

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Apr 13, 2019 20:07:38   #
Laura72568
 
GregWCIL wrote:
All great, but numbers 2 and 3 my picks. Im sure many of us 200-500 owners would like to see a more detailed comparison from you. Does the lighter weight change your shooting style or facilitate new oportunities? How does the sharpness and focus speed compare? Did you try a 1.4x converter with it?


Greg,

The lighter weight and price were main reasons I looked in to this lens.

The weight difference made a SUBSTANTIAL difference with all of the walking and shooting we did on this trip. I think it focuses quicker than the 200-500, at least the copies I had. I had never had a 500 prime...so that takes some getting used to. But that’s an issue with me, not the lens. I lost a few shots because I was too close. Low light can be an issue early morning and late evening. But it’s the same issue I had with the 200-500 so...it’s a small sacrifice for me but may be a big deal for others thinking about the f4 version.

Steve’s (Backcountry Galleries) review on YouTube also sold me on the lens. He was so thorough. I wrote to him during the time I was so frustrated waiting for the lens to become available again. I asked if he thought I should get the 300mm with 1.4 & 2x TC. He said I should wait because he felt I would be happier with the PF and he’s right.

You will have the naysayers who will insist the f4 is better and maybe it is for a) a pro and b) someone who lugs a tripod around all the time (which is not the way I shoot) but for an amateur Wildlife photographer I can’t imagine a better trade-off for weight and price.

I have not tried the converter. I thought 500mm on my D500 crop sensor was plenty!

I hope this helps...

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Apr 13, 2019 20:11:19   #
Laura72568
 
Katydid wrote:
Those photos are really amazing, Laura. So exciting to see what that lens does. I have the 200-500 but can only use it from the car, just too heavy to lug around. I wish I could justify to myself why I needed that lens, pretty pricey. But really lighter! Maybe if I see more of your photos, I will be convinced I really do need it. Keep posting!


It is amazing the difference the lighter weight makes! I wrote a more detailed view of the lens above also! Happy shooting.

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Apr 13, 2019 23:13:42   #
Retired CPO (a regular here)
 
Holy Cow! Those are incredible photographs! Don't know if it convinces me to trade in my 200 to 500mm but I just might! Where on the Texas coast? Port Aransas maybe?

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