Woody's 2022 Photon Quest

Woodyg3

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Some eagles to start 2022, even though they were taken last year. :)

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Woodyg3

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Eagles can turn their heads all the way to face backward just like owls can, which is a handy skill, I'd say.

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Woodyg3

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You are getting some great results with that new 500mm. Does this mean your 200-500 is now in storage or is going to be used as a trade for that new refrigerator :playful:

2-500 has been sold, along with my old 300mm f/4 and 1.4x TC. Also gone is the D7100. Still no new fridge. Too much work to clean out the old one. :)
 

Peter7100

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2-500 has been sold, along with my old 300mm f/4 and 1.4x TC. Also gone is the D7100. Still no new fridge. Too much work to clean out the old one. :)

That's some clear out, which obviously supports that the 500 is a winner :encouragement:
 

hark

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You are getting some great results with that new 500mm. Does this mean your 200-500 is now in storage or is going to be used as a trade for that new refrigerator :playful:

I noticed that, too, but was hesitant to ask.

2-500 has been sold, along with my old 300mm f/4 and 1.4x TC. Also gone is the D7100. Still no new fridge. Too much work to clean out the old one. :)

How did the 200-500mm perform for you, Woody? Or was your decision based more on the weight of the lens? When I rented one, it was just too heavy - I had tennis elbow surgery so am limited with strength in that arm. My 80-400mm is the heaviest I own and doubt I can handle anything heavier.

I'm a little surprised to hear about the 300mm and 1.4x TC although now you wouldn't really have a need for the TC. But I'm not too surprised about the D7100 as the D500 is a much better body. However, the 300mm is a fantastic lens.
 

Woodyg3

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How did the 200-500mm perform for you, Woody? Or was your decision based more on the weight of the lens? When I rented one, it was just too heavy - I had tennis elbow surgery so am limited with strength in that arm. My 80-400mm is the heaviest I own and doubt I can handle anything heavier.

I'm a little surprised to hear about the 300mm and 1.4x TC although now you wouldn't really have a need for the TC. But I'm not too surprised about the D7100 as the D500 is a much better body. However, the 300mm is a fantastic lens.

The 2-500 was sharper than the Tamron 150-600, and not much different in weight, so I was happy with it for quite a while. I did have occasional problems with the lens not communicating with the body. The bottom line, though, is that the 500mm PF is quite a bit sharper, it's lighter, and AF is about twice as fast, IME. I finally felt like I could afford the lens, so I went for it.

I did have some hesitation about selling the 300mm, but in all honesty it was collecting dust. The lack of VC and the overlap with the Tamron 100-400 that I am keeping were the reasons to let the old timer go.
 

hark

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The 2-500 was sharper than the Tamron 150-600, and not much different in weight, so I was happy with it for quite a while. I did have occasional problems with the lens not communicating with the body. The bottom line, though, is that the 500mm PF is quite a bit sharper, it's lighter, and AF is about twice as fast, IME. I finally felt like I could afford the lens, so I went for it.

I did have some hesitation about selling the 300mm, but in all honesty it was collecting dust. The lack of VC and the overlap with the Tamron 100-400 that I am keeping were the reasons to let the old timer go.

Woody, did you have the 300mm AF-S (with aperture ring) or the PF? I have both but found the older lens to be a tad sharper. But the lack of vibration reduction does make it a pain sometimes. How is the Tamron 100-400mm? Obviously it must perform well since you decided to keep it.
 

Woodyg3

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Woody, did you have the 300mm AF-S (with aperture ring) or the PF? I have both but found the older lens to be a tad sharper. But the lack of vibration reduction does make it a pain sometimes. How is the Tamron 100-400mm? Obviously it must perform well since you decided to keep it.

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Tammy 1-400 is fairly sharp, AF isn't crazy fast but not too slow, and it's nice and light.
 
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