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    200-400mm F4 vs 200-500 F5.6

    What makes the 200-400mm Nikon lens that much better than the 200-500mm lens? I know one is F4, the other F56 but that can't be it... Just wondering.. Anyone used both? Thanks


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    Re: 200-400mm F4 vs 200-500 F5.6

    Quote Originally Posted by bandit993 View Post
    What makes the 200-400mm Nikon lens that much better than the 200-500mm lens? I know one is F4, the other F56 but that can't be it... Just wondering.. Anyone used both? Thanks
    Better in what way? The 200-400 should have faster AF performance because more light is available to the AF system. Likewise, most lenses are not at their sharpest when shot wide open, so the 200-400 should be sharper at f/5.6 than the 200-500.

    Getting that lens to allow more light through typically means there's more expensive glass elements and heavier construction, which also leads to the price delta. I would suspect the 200-400 to also be heavier than the 200-500.

    But, if all I have is $1500 to spend on a super-tele ... the 200-500 is the best lens because I can take it home with me.
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    Re: 200-400mm F4 vs 200-500 F5.6

    I just look at the prices of some of these lenses and wonder how the prices can be justified. In Canada the 200-400 is $8600 and the 200-500 is $1750. Is the 200-400 really $6900 better than the other? Especially image quality. Thanks for you response RocketCowboy.

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    Re: 200-400mm F4 vs 200-500 F5.6

    200-400mm F4 vs 200-500 F5.6
    If you can tell the quality difference between those two lenses....... you should probably save up for the 200-400/4.

    How sharp is sharp and how much do you really need? I find that the 200-500/5.6 is enough for me.


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    Re: 200-400mm F4 vs 200-500 F5.6

    200-400mm F4 vs 200-500 F5.6
    This motley crew of Nikonites is at 350mm, f6.3 and ISO100.

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    Re: 200-400mm F4 vs 200-500 F5.6

    Quote Originally Posted by bandit993 View Post
    I just look at the prices of some of these lenses and wonder how the prices can be justified. In Canada the 200-400 is $8600 and the 200-500 is $1750. Is the 200-400 really $6900 better than the other? Especially image quality. Thanks for you response RocketCowboy.
    Pro lens vs a consumer lens, build quality and ability. As a standard side by side shot it'll be difficult to tell, its not until you start pixel peeping you'll notice a difference, whether or not that large extra cost is worth that extra bit of detail is up to you. Its a law of diminishing returns.
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