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  1. #1
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    Lighter options for bird photography

    My current bird photography setup is:

    Nikon D7200
    Nikon AF-S 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR

    As my body ages i am finding it a little heavy lately even when using the Cotton Carrier. My question is are their any Nikon lighter lenses that give me 400mm (min) that are a fair bit lighter than my current setup. A friend of mine has a AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR and it is very light weight but only tops out at 300m. For the cost adding a teleconvertor to me seems a waste of money on the intial purchase of this lense as you will end up with F5.6 as far as I can tell. Any suggestions are welcome, I have thought about a tripod but this will only make my current setup even heavier to carry.


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    Re: Lighter options for bird photography

    I have the 300mm f/4 PF and have used it with a Nikon 1.4x TC as well as a Nikon 1.7x TC. I prefer the reach of the 1.7x TC but wide open it is f/6.7. Sometimes I miss shots which wasn't nearly so much of an issue when I used the 1.4x TC. As you mentioned, when used with the 1.4x TC, wide open it is f/5.6. I haven't found any other alternatives that are as light as this combo.

    I believe someone here bought a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens and attached a Kenko TC. But there is a more noticeable degrading of images with that TC. The Nikon teleconverters are worth the cost when it comes to quality. But only you can justify the cost.
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  3. #3
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    Re: Lighter options for bird photography

    I too have age related carrying problems so you have my sympathy at the frustration they cause. I use a D500 with 500 PF extensivly though it does become heavy more rapidly than it used to When that occurs I find the 300 PF with 1.4 to be a lighter option and much more managable size wise. I have never found the 5.6 max. aperture to be a disadvantage as both lens combinations work very well wide open.
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    Nikon D500 gripped
    AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4 E-PF-ED
    AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8 G-ED
    AF-S VR Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 E-PF-ED
    AF-S VR Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G-ED

    Nikkor TC-1.4 III



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    Re: Lighter options for bird photography

    Quote Originally Posted by canuck257 View Post
    I too have age related carrying problems so you have my sympathy at the frustration they cause. I use a D500 with 500 PF extensivly though it does become heavy more rapidly than it used to When that occurs I find the 300 PF with 1.4 to be a lighter option and much more managable size wise. I have never found the 5.6 max. aperture to be a disadvantage as both lens combinations work very well wide open.
    If I remember correctly, the 500mm PF weighs about the same as the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 (and I have the 70-200mm). Since I have chronic tendonitis in my right hand, I find the weight handheld to be much heavier than I'd like. So I prefer using the 300mm PF with a TC. I too haven't found anything else that comes in at such a light weight.
    Cindy
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    and My 2020 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
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  5. #5
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    Re: Lighter options for bird photography

    I think the 500 PF is lighter than the 70-200 which I sold because of it's weight. Certainly the 500 PF "feels" lighter or maybe it just balances in the hand better?
    Nikon D500 gripped
    AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4 E-PF-ED
    AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8 G-ED
    AF-S VR Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 E-PF-ED
    AF-S VR Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G-ED

    Nikkor TC-1.4 III



    Ivan










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    Re: Lighter options for bird photography

    At 76, I'm all for as light a rig as possible for capturing wildlife images. My set up currently is a D7500 with a Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens that I carry on a BlackRapid RS-4 strap. The lens is almost a pound lighter than the Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED VR (41 vs 56 ounces). The Sigma loses a bit at the short end compared to the Nikon. I find this rig to be comfortable to handhold and easily maneuverable for action shots.
    Last edited by bluzman; 05-23-2020 at 10:23 PM.
    D7500, D5600, Z50, Coolpix A1000, Coolpix B700

  7. #7
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    Re: Lighter options for bird photography

    I don't have one, but know several wildlife friends who use the 500 PF. They love it and it certainly is light for the focal length.
    Woody Green

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    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

  8. #8
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    Re: Lighter options for bird photography

    The D5600, 300PF, & TC17EII would save you 27oz. off your current setup... 11oz of that is just for the body swap, so still a full pound if you just switch lenses. Knock off another oz. if you go with the TC14E series. Of course, your wallet will be much lighter as well

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    FX: Z7, D750, 14/2.8D, 20/2.8D, 24/2.8D, 50/1.8D, 18-35D, 24-70/4S, 24-85VR, 70-300VR, 300/4AFS-D, 500/8 mirror (Sears)
    DX: D7100, D5500, 3xD90, 35/1.8DX, 10-20DX, 12-24DX, 18-55VRII, 55-200VRII
    Film: FE, N80, FX lenses above plus 35mm Series E, 50mm1.4, 100mm Series E, 135mm2.8,
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