+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Senior Member

    Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    I know that primes are sharper than telephoto lenses but is it that big of a difference? I am looking at a 500mm or 600mm prime. They are older as neither has VR. "D" versions I believe. Here is a pic I took with the 150-600mm Sigma. Just wondering how much sharper it could get...... Thanks


    › See More: Primes vs Telephoto lenses
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Primes vs Telephoto lenses-nik_4698.jpg  




  2. #2
    Senior Member
    480sparky's Avatar

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    The IQ difference between zooms and primes is getting smaller every day. The advantage to primes are 1: faster (an no variable) maximum aperture, 2: lighter, 3: smaller, 4: usually focus closer and 5: may take smaller filters.
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


    Go forth and actuate!


    My Website.

  3. #3
    Staff
    Super Mod
    hark's Avatar

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    I don't have one of the telephoto zoom lenses like the Sigma, but generally a zoom isn't quite as sharp when it's zoomed all the way out. Usually they work better when pulled back a little--like 580mm rather than all the way out at 600mm. My guess is the prime will be a little sharper, but there would be quite a bit of weight to a 500mm or 600mm prime. Have you considered a 300mm with a teleconverter?
    Cindy
    Flickr
    and My 2020 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  4. #4
    Senior Member

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    Hark, I thought about a 300mm pf or the older F4 with a 1.4 or even 2.0 teleconverter but would lose IQ . I wonder how much IQ though?

  5. #5
    Staff
    Super Mod
    hark's Avatar

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    Primes vs Telephoto lenses
    Quote Originally Posted by bandit993 View Post
    Hark, I thought about a 300mm pf or the older F4 with a 1.4 or even 2.0 teleconverter but would lose IQ . I wonder how much IQ though?
    I have both the PF and the AF-S (no VR) versions of the 300mm f/4 prime as well as a 1.4x teleconverter. The difference in IQ with the 1.4x teleconverter is very small. I'm pretty sure both of these were taken with the AF-S (non-VR) lens and 1.4x teleconverter earlier this year. The PF weighs a lot less plus since it has VR, it is easy to handle. However, the 300mm f/4 AF-S (non-VR) with a teleconverter will still be far lighter in weight than a 500mm or 600mm prime.

    Primes vs Telephoto lenses-dsc_5202-low-res.jpg

    Primes vs Telephoto lenses-dsc_3665-low-res.jpg
    Cindy
    Flickr
    and My 2020 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  6. #6
    Senior Member
    jay_dean's Avatar

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    I've had a Nikon 500mm f/4 VR for a few years and used to have the Siggy 150-600mm Sport which i bought on a whim with a bonus i received to cover that missing focal length. Theres not a big gap between them optically tbh, its the speed thats the more noticeable thing. And notice i said 'used to have', just saying

    .................................................. ................'Brighten My Northern Sky'.............................................. ..................................
    D4...D850+Grip...Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G...24-70mm f/2.8E...70-200mm f/2.8E...300mm f2.8G VRII...500mm f/4G VR...SB-900

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Ironwood's Avatar

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    There is the new Nikon 500 f5.6 PF that will be hitting the shelves soon. I expect it to be a bit out of my price range, but will be cheaper the the 500 f4.
    Brad


    Every Day might not be a good Day,
    ​ but there is something good in every Day.

  8. #8
    Senior Member

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    I could buy a non vr 500mm F/4 for not much more than a new pf.. But not sure about the size of it.. Mighty big.. haha

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    mikew's Avatar

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    Nice capture but some of your detail is lost through blown highlights,with out them it could look even sharper.
    Mike



    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

    Nikon Z50,Nikon16-50MM,Nikon50-250MM,FTZ Adapter
    Sigma 100-400, Sigma 105mm macro
    Nikon V2,10-30MM,30-110MM FT1 Adapter













  10. #10
    Senior Member

    Re: Primes vs Telephoto lenses

    Thanks mikew. I have both the D7200 and the D500, and I notice both cameras over expose pics. Is that a Nikon thing? I was using the D7200 yesterday taking some pics of leaves and berries and I had to under expose the pic by quite a little to get it to look correct.. Thanks again..





Quick Reply Quick Reply

If you are already a member, please login above before posting.

Similar Threads

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •