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Has it turned up yet Phil?? Curious to hear your thoughts on it when you've had chance to get out and about with it...
Hiya Si, yes, it turned up yesterday afternoon, just 6 days after ordering last Saturday evening so a (y) to Panamoz, great service.

Had 20 minutes with it this aft in some very rare sunshine photographing our obliging House sparrows.

First impressions are good, it feels small, light, handles well, hit rate was good at 10 fps but so it should for 3 grand :LOL:

I've yet to use it in anger, suppose the main test for me will be out on the moors.

I've a feeling I'll miss the extra 100mm of reach, so hoping it gets on ok with the 1.4 tele, although I'm thinking better IQ will give a little more crop factor in post.

Here's a couple taken this aft, sooc apart from a light crop and resize, cheers

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Hiya Si, yes, it turned up yesterday afternoon, just 6 days after ordering last Saturday evening so a (y) to Panamoz, great service.

Had 20 minutes with it this aft in some very rare sunshine photographing our obliging House sparrows.

First impressions are good, it feels small, light, handles well, hit rate was good at 10 fps but so it should for 3 grand :LOL:

I've yet to use it in anger, suppose the main test for me will be out on the moors.

I've a feeling I'll miss the extra 100mm of reach, so hoping it gets on ok with the 1.4 tele, although I'm thinking better IQ will give a little more crop factor in post.

Here's a couple taken this aft, sooc apart from a light crop and resize, cheers
Hi Phil, sounds pretty encouraging so far :)

I found moving from the 200-500 to a 300 + 1.4x TC I didn't really miss the extra 80mm TBH - I quickly found I was getting comparable IQ cropping in that little bit more, hopefully you'll see the same

Have to say, I'm very tempted...
 
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You and me both - must resist.

However as I also have the 300mm PF and the TC14 III, like Son_of _Thor said, will I really gave much from that extra 80mm especially at nearly £3k ?
 
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You and me both - must resist.

However as I also have the 300mm PF and the TC14 III, like Son_of _Thor said, will I really gave much from that extra 80mm especially at nearly £3k ?
A comforting thought for all of us with the 300pf and the tc14 - and who are wondering what the **** we can sell to get hold of the 500pf.

Unfortunately, I hear that it’s more than useable at f8 with the tc14

Oh well my tamron g2’s not bad - I suppose
 
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Have to say that one of the main things holding me back is the not knowing when I might be able to get out properly and use the damn thing! That and justifying the price/not having anything to sell to cover the cost of it (as Richard said)... recently swapped my 70-200 F4 and 85 1.8 for a 70-200 2.8 FL and didn't have too much money to find to cover the difference, but the 500 PF is a bit different from that PoV...

I do wonder about IQ difference though - the 70-200 2.8 is in a completely different league to the F4 version
 
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Wow, Nikon Rumours reckons it may be discontinued! Not sure this makes a lot of sense unless there's a Z mount version waiting in the wings...

 
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Wow, Nikon Rumours reckons it may be discontinued! Not sure this makes a lot of sense unless there's a Z mount version waiting in the wings...

Quite a few discussing this on Facebook, latest post is that the rumour is not true. I’m still on the fence with this lens, undecided on wether to get a new 500mm pf or a used 500mm F4 G.
 

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Quite a few discussing this on Facebook, latest post is that the rumour is not true. I’m still on the fence with this lens, undecided on wether to get a new 500mm pf or a used 500mm F4 G.
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This was also on Faceache.
 
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Nikon Rumours have just updated their article to the same effect:


I didn't think it made a lot of sense with the Z roadmap seemingly including a 400/2.8 and 600/4 and nothing along the lines of the PF lenses
 
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I’m still on the fence with this lens, undecided on wether to get a new 500mm pf or a used 500mm F4 G.
Personal experience of the 500 F4 FL having shot with one a bit was that it was too heavy for me to handhold comfortably, so that or the G is not really an option for me. That said, I'm a scrawny bugger, so others experience will likely differ. The extra stop of light and better flexibility with regards to TC's would be great on the odd occasion I do go sit in a hide, but that's not how I shoot most of the time.
 
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Personal experience of the 500 F4 FL having shot with one a bit was that it was too heavy for me to handhold comfortably, so that or the G is not really an option for me. That said, I'm a scrawny bugger, so others experience will likely differ. The extra stop of light and better flexibility with regards to TC's would be great on the odd occasion I do go sit in a hide, but that's not how I shoot most of the time.
I’m edging towards the PF, mainly because of the weight difference.
 
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Out this evening in great light and thought it was about time I tried the 1.4 tele on the 500pf.

I've read mixed reports but tonight it proved its ability and I was impressed.

Took a gamble and visited a LEO site, its a bit early and I wasn't expecting much so was great to see a bird out hunting.

I rattled off around 15 shots as it passed me by, camera set on CL, group of 4 AF points, all but 3 were sharp and I'd missed focus completely on those....... I'm easily excited :)

Exif ;- D500, 500pf, Mk3 1.4 tele, 1/1600th, F8, ISO 1600 @700mm

These are sooc apart from a fairly heavy crop to 25% of original, and re-sized

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Out this evening in great light and thought it was about time I tried the 1.4 tele on the 500pf.

I've read mixed reports but tonight it proved its ability and I was impressed.

Took a gamble and visited a LEO site, its a bit early and I wasn't expecting much so was great to see a bird out hunting.

I rattled off around 15 shots as it passed me by, camera set on CL, group of 4 AF points, all but 3 were sharp and I'd missed focus completely on those....... I'm easily excited :)

Exif ;- D500, 500pf, Mk3 1.4 tele, 1/1600th, F8, ISO 1600 @700mm

These are sooc apart from a fairly heavy crop to 25% of original, and re-sized

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Very pleasing results Phil, love the eye contact in 2 (y)
 
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Very pleasing results Phil, love the eye contact in 2 (y)
Thanks Roger, apologies, I meant to come back to your post and it slipped me mind.

I've been using the tele a little more last couple of days and I'm definitely happy with the results, although for bif, the SS needs to be min 1/1600th for a good keeper rate, cheers
 
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