New Lense Purchase

BradD7200BradD7200 Posts: 15Member
In southern Ontario this is prime Snowy Owl season for the next couple of months so with the lense on the blink I am thinking about picking up the Nikon AF-S 200-500MM F5.6E ED VR, looks to be a decent lense for my type of shooting from the reviews and looking at images on Flickr. Price is not that high compared to other comparable lenses, this way I won't have photography withdrawals during my vacation. Anyone shooting with this rig, my D7200 would be a good body I am thinking for this one. Then when my other lense comes back from repair I will have 2 good quaility lenses for different outings. Have thought about the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300MM FED IF-ED but a little short. Could get a teleconvertor but the cost would be up there to the point where a new 80-400 ED VR would even make sense. Though call, once I get in the store I will be able to hold them and make a decision.

* My current NIKON AF-S 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR is heading in for service today so that could take 2 months with the Christmas period upon us. The older ver of this lense the Nikon 80-400 4.5-5.6 was my main lense for years before giving it to my brother. Can be purchased for about $900 bucks, not sure how it would preform on my D7200. I used to shoot with this older ver on a D50.

A good lesson to be learned by me as only having 1 lense for shooting may come back to bit you at some point. So having a 2nd one could be a decent investment long term.


  • MattinNJ81MattinNJ81 Posts: 25Member
    I just got the 200-500mm and am loving it so far. The maximum f/5.6 and slowerish autofocus were the biggest complaints I heard about this lens before buying, but neither had been any sort of hindrance for me. I use the lens on a D500 primarily for birds.
  • BradD7200BradD7200 Posts: 15Member
    Thanks for the info, that helps from someone that shoots birds as I do.
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,493Member
    edited December 2017
    I use the first generation AF-S 200-400mm F4G VR for birding now days, but I did try out the 200-500 VR a few months back. A good lens for DX cameras for sure, and sharper than either of the 80-400mm VR lenses without a doubt. Those snowy owls tend to be very sensitive to encroachment, so the longer focal range you have the better. I used to shoot them with the AF-S 300mm F4D ED (with 1.4TC) and that did a good job as well, certainly sharper than any of the zooms in this discussion. The only downside is you don't have the zoom flexibility for when subjects get closer.
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    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • stephens7stephens7 Posts: 9Member
    edited December 2017
    Sorry for being petty, but

    There is no E at the end of the word LENS

    A pet peeve of mine...
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  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,481Moderator
    There's no 'k' and the end of 'word' either LOL!

    Stephens7: If you feel compelled to correct grammar and spelling around here, you're going to be busy ;-)
    Always learning.
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