P950 VS. D500/500 PF?

jdbjdb Posts: 32Member
I already have the best birding camera body/lens set up ever, the D500 with 500 PF lens! I have just one question I'd like some input on. On the occasion there is a VERY distant bird that I just need a decent photo to document the observation would it be worth buying the P950? I know it's effective focal length is 2000m, but with such a small sensor would I be just as well off just using a big crop from the D500?
D600, D7100, 300 f/2.8 AF-S, 300 f/4 ED-IF, 16-35 f/4 VR, 105 f/2.8 AF-S VR, 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR, 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 VR, 85 f/1.8D, 50 f/1.4D, 80-200 f/2.8 AF, 20 f/3.5 AI, TC 1.4 II, TC 2.0 III

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  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,244Moderator
    My advice having been disappointed with a P900 once would be to go to a shop and handle one or hire one. If the AF can pick your bird out and keep up, that's a good start. When the D500 sensor only has 20mp to start with, your cropping is always going to have to be less than you would like, but handling such a different body when you need total familiarity might cause you to lose the shot too.
    Always learning.
  • jdbjdb Posts: 32Member
    Good advice spraynpray, thank you.
    D600, D7100, 300 f/2.8 AF-S, 300 f/4 ED-IF, 16-35 f/4 VR, 105 f/2.8 AF-S VR, 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR, 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 VR, 85 f/1.8D, 50 f/1.4D, 80-200 f/2.8 AF, 20 f/3.5 AI, TC 1.4 II, TC 2.0 III
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,181Member
    jdb said:

    Good advice spraynpray, thank you.

    Report back.. I am keen to read your views.
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
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  • photobunnyphotobunny Posts: 104Member
    I tried the Nikon P950, it is basically a middle range phone sensor with a big lens. It'll get the shot but at the quality till not compare to your D500 and 500mm PF.
  • MrFotoFoolMrFotoFool Posts: 101Member
    I have the D500 and 500PF and often use it with the TC14Eiii for extra reach. This works quite well in good light (in low light the autofocus hunts too much).
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