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#1 Art

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:55 PM

I was at the Park this morning and a buddy showed up with his new Nikon 200-500mm lens!!  We SWAPPED!  This allowed me to do a quite comparison, not scientific, but this will give you a pretty good idea of what this lower end lens can do compared to a high end lens!

 

My initial observations:

 

The lens is LITE!  No issues with how it handles, feels like an excellent quality lens.  Smooth and quiet.

 

To be honest, I was impressed with it!

 

Nikon 200-500mm Lens images.

 

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Judge for yourself, I would say at about 1/4 the price less, the 200-500 is a very good lens!  Had Nikon Canada not treated me like Riff-Raff, I would have bought one new, instead, I opted for the more expensive USED lens!  THANKS, Nikon Canada! :lol: I am very happy with my new lens, don't regret the purchase.

 

Data:

 

Manual Mode

Tripod Mounted

36mp RAW converted to JPG

 

Unsharp Mask PP

80% Intensity in UNSHARP MASK in Capture NX2

8% Radius in UNSHARP MASK in Capture NX2

 

Landscape images are cropped at 15%

Portrait images are NOT CROPPED

 

Focal Length: 400mm for Landscape

Focal Length: 200mm for Portrait

 

1/800s

f8

ISO 200

 

Light Conditions:  Sunny, taken around 11:00 am


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 02:34 PM

Excellent "review" Art ...... just what I wanted to hear.... :)  :)


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 02:45 PM

Peter,

 

At a glance and for maybe 10 minutes, I could find absolutely nothing wrong with this lens!  I think it is great value for the money.  I would have liked to have had a day with it so I could shoot the range, but it seems like a solid performer.


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 08:55 PM

Great comparison Art! I would think for most of us the 200-500VR is plenty good as is the Tammy and Sigma lens.

Well done! :D

 

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 09:10 PM

Nice review. Some good food for thought. Saving my pennies.
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Posted 18 October 2015 - 01:15 AM

Great comparison Art! I would think for most of us the 200-500VR is plenty good as is the Tammy and Sigma lens.

Well done! :D

 

Jim

Jim,

 

I wish I had the Tamron there with me to compare!  The best test is shooting them all on the same subject in the same light at the same settings.

 

I still believe the Tamron 150-600mm is the bargain of the decade for reach, price and quality. 

 

In Toronto, with taxes in, $ 1,457 vs $1,808.  That is a difference of: $ 351....

for slightly less reach.  Maybe, you get a slightly faster focus lock, the 200-500 seemed a bit faster to me than the Tamron, but again, a truer test would have been to have them both there.


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Posted 18 October 2015 - 01:16 AM

Nice review. Some good food for thought. Saving my pennies.

 

Thanks, Dennis.  You won't go wrong with it.

 

Why wait, get it now and you can join me in the dog house!! :P


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Posted 18 October 2015 - 11:13 AM

 
Thanks, Dennis.  You won't go wrong with it.
 
Why wait, get it now and you can join me in the dog house!! :P


I'm building one now. That way I can accommodate heat and a bed. ;)

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 04:58 PM

I'm building one now. That way I can accommodate heat and a bed. ;)

 

 

Make it comfy for two.  At some point, I may be joining you!! :lol:


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Posted 18 October 2015 - 05:52 PM

OK guys maybe we all need to chip in and buy an RV so we all have a place to go!  :D  :lol:

 

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 06:03 PM

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