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by Karl Egressy on Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:36 am
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I have the first two lenses. My copy of the 200-500 is super sharp even at 500 mm, however it is heavy and bulky and focuses slow.
The Tamron is sharp, focuses very fast Image Stabilization works great, but IQ might not be as good as the Nikon's.
I don't know anything about Fujifilm 100-400 other than it is out there.
I'm wondering if I should sell the Nikon and the Tamron and buy the Fujifilm for my Fujifilm X-T30 or just keep the Tamron and that's it.
I'm using a zoom lens maybe twice a year but then I really need it at that time.
What is your advice if any?
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by Swissblad on Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:03 am
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Sane logic will argue that the Fuji route is the best....but...the Sony 100-400mm is supposed to be the best of the pack.
Perhaps it would be best to get the Sony plus the new adapter for Sony E mount to Nikon Z........;)


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by richard bledsoe on Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:19 am
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I use the Fuji 100-400 on my X-T3 and think it excellent. I compared the IQ with my long time favorite Canon 400 f5.6 lens and found the IQ as good or slightly better. Some examples at my Flickr site: www.flickr.com/photos/ritchbledsoe/

As for adapting lenses, my experience is that native lenses preform better than adapted lenses by a small amount. I use the Fringer smart adapter to use the Canon lenses that I could not bear to part with and it is very good.

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by E.J. Peiker on Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:03 am
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I don't think Fuji actually makes a sub-par lens. They all seem superb.
 

by rajandesai on Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:51 am
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
I don't think Fuji actually makes a sub-par lens.  They all seem superb.


Agree whole heartedly...
 

by DChan on Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:42 pm
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Karl Egressy wrote:
I have the first two lenses. My copy of the 200-500 is super sharp even at 500 mm, however it is heavy and bulky and focuses slow.
The Tamron is sharp, focuses very fast Image Stabilization works great, but IQ might not be as good as the Nikon's.
I don't know anything about Fujifilm 100-400 other than it is out there.
I'm wondering if I should sell the Nikon and the Tamron and buy the Fujifilm for my Fujifilm X-T30 or just keep the Tamron and that's it.
I'm using a zoom lens maybe twice a year but then I really need it at that time.
What is your advice if any?
Thanks. 



I think you already have the zoom lenses that you use maybe only twice a year :-)

If money is no object, sure, spend the money and buy the Sony - CAD $3,399 - and a Nikon Z - starting from CAD 2,299 - and an adaptor without knowing if they will work perfectly with each other. I personally will not go that route. But then I don't have the money to spare and I prefer not to use adaptor :lol:
 

by Gary Irwin on Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:36 pm
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When it comes to birding, I'd strongly suggest skipping a Z camera for now. Both the Z6 & Z7 are great cameras in their own right but they're not ready for prime time birding....best to hang onto those old-fashioned DSLR's for a while yet. ;)
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by Kevin Hall on Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:52 pm
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The Fuji 100-400 is a perfectly good lens for birds. 

Examples are all bird images 2018 - present (2014 and older were Canon)
 

by Jeff Pearl on Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:12 pm
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You could rent the Fuji 100-400 for a week before you decide to buy or not. I think I saw it on lensrental for 125.00 for 8 days?
 

by Karl Egressy on Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:19 pm
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Thank you all the comments and help.
I have already decided to sell the Nikon 200-500 as it is too heavy for me today and I won't get any younger and stronger.
The question remains if I should keep the Tamron or sell that one too and buy the Fuji 100-400.
Renting one before I make a decision is a good idea, thanks.
Sony had never been in the picture.
I have Nikon prime lenses and Nikon cameras plus one Fujifilm mirrorless camera..
 

by E.J. Peiker on Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:49 am
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Interesting that Sony is out of the question as they clearly have the best AF for tracking birds of any of the mirroless manufacturers so far.
 

by Karl Egressy on Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:42 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Interesting that Sony is out of the question as they clearly have the best AF for tracking birds of any of the mirroless manufacturers so far.

It is very true.
The problem is the price of the Sony and the fact that I already have the Fujifilm camera.
The whole idea of getting a "bird lens" came after I bought the Fujifilm for taking pictures of the grand- and great grandchildren when visiting.
Then I thought that it would be cool to try the existing mirrorless camera, Fujifilm that is, with the existing Nikon lenses, but there is no
smart mount adapter available yet, which led me to thinking of considering the Fujifilm 100-400 lens.


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by DChan on Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:40 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Interesting that Sony is out of the question as they clearly have the best AF for tracking birds of any of the mirroless manufacturers so far.


Sony A9 CAD 5,999.99 + Sony 100 - 400 F4.5-5.6 CAD 3,399.99 = CAD 9,399.98 plus sale tax =  CAD 10,339.98.

All prices from manufacturer's website.


As a side note, Nikon 500 f5.6  CAD 4,899.95 per Nikon Canada; fujinon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 = CAD 2,099 per Amazon.ca.
 

by Neilyb on Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:02 am
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On a simple size and weight based desicion I have just ordered the Olympus OMD EM-1 mk2, 40-150 PRO f2.8 and TC (80-300mm equiv). With the TC I have my 400mm covered and combined camera and body saves me nearly 2lbs over the 5D and 100-400.

This will likely be my go to travel and walkaround kit (with the tiny 14-42mm lens).

I will not mention the numerous features the Oly has which Canon refuse to give photographers on bodies costing 3 or 4 times more :(
 

by calvin1calvin on Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:36 am
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When you get your OMD EM-1 Mark II check for the latest firmware in camera. Olympus just updated the firmware to version 3.0 which improved auto focus capabilities.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:44 am
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DChan wrote:
E.J. Peiker wrote:
Interesting that Sony is out of the question as they clearly have the best AF for tracking birds of any of the mirroless manufacturers so far.


Sony A9 CAD 5,999.99 + Sony 100 - 400 F4.5-5.6 CAD 3,399.99 = CAD 9,399.98 plus sale tax =  CAD 10,339.98.

All prices from manufacturer's website.


As a side note, Nikon 500 f5.6  CAD 4,899.95 per Nikon Canada; fujinon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 = CAD 2,099 per Amazon.ca.


a73 focuses almost as well as an a9 ;)
 

by DChan on Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:24 pm
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calvin1calvin wrote:
When you get your OMD EM-1 Mark II check for the latest firmware in camera.  Olympus just updated the firmware to version 3.0 which improved auto focus capabilities.


Updated firmware for 40-150 f2.8 is also available.
 

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