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by 06Honda on Tue Jun 18, 2024 5:17 am
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I currently shoot with a D7500 & D7200 bodies paired with my AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. Looking or a little more distance for bird photography and lighter. Anyone using this lense with a Teleconverter for nature related shooting. The other option is a AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, but pretty expensive. Opinions and input appreciated.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Jun 18, 2024 6:39 am
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The 500pf is a superb lens for distance. A TC slows it down a bit but I find the reach more than enough for birds without the TC...with my D500. It is light and balances well. Not sure about using it with a 7200/7500 camera....

If you want to stay with a DXLR, I'd recommend the D500 camera + 500pF....assuming you would sell the camera or cameras you have...
D500 used can be had for a good price these days, I think. 500 pf might also be available used.

Not exactly answering your question, but this is my thinking. :)Check out MPB

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by Swissblad on Tue Jun 18, 2024 6:57 am
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The 300mm PF plus TC14EIII is a lovely light combo, but will not give you more reach than you currently have.

The D500 is a fine camera - probably the best DX DSLR ever made - but - it offers no increase in resolution to the D7200 / D7500 bodies you already have - all are 24mp.

My suggestion would be to go with the 500mmPF - it is lighter and less unwieldy than the AF-S 80-400mm - and will really boost your bird photography keeper rate.
 

by SantaFeJoe on Tue Jun 18, 2024 8:35 am
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Before moving to the z8, I used both the 300 and 500 pf lenses on the D850. With the TC14E ll or lll, they both are amazing in image quality and the ability to crop. It might be different with less mp, but the 300 pf is an amazing lens. I highly recommend it if it has enough reach for your purposes. I have seen it used for $700 and the 500 pf for $1700. The 500 is still light, compact, and sharp as can be. Nikon has had it on sale lately. Here's an example of one for sale:

https://westslope.craigslist.org/pho/d/ ... 37782.html

Same person had a 500 pf for around $1700, but it sold.

You can't go wrong with either lens with or without the TC.
The other option would be the 200-500. I, personally, didn't like the weight and balance of it, but the price is right. I currently use the 180-600mm z lens and love the ability to zoom in or out. It makes my experience much more enjoyable than a fixed focal length. It is plenty sharp, as well.

https://www.nikonusa.com/p/af-s-nikkor- ... d-vr/20058

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by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Jun 18, 2024 9:37 am
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Swissblad wrote: The 300mm PF plus TC14EIII is a lovely light combo, but will not give you more reach than you currently have.

The D500 is a fine camera - probably the best DX DSLR ever made - but - it offers no increase in resolution to the D7200 / D7500 bodies you already have - all are 24mp.

My suggestion would be to go with the 500mmPF - it is lighter and less unwieldy than the AF-S 80-400mm - and will really boost your bird photography keeper rate.
Yes, I guess the D500 is only slightly better....and doesn't have a flash. Biggest advantage is  it's faster-10 FPS. I'm biased!

Agree 500PF!
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by Karl Egressy on Thu Jun 20, 2024 7:06 am
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I used to use, D500 with both Nikon 300 F4.0 PF and Nikon 500 f 5.6 PF. Both lenses are excellent and both are lightweight.
 

by wdg on Wed Jun 26, 2024 11:09 am
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Another thumbs up for both the 300pf and 500pf
Use both
Love both
 

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