Sorry for the late reply gramps we have been away for a few days, I've not noticed a pattern on the age when I've read the reports, but the majority stick at 400mm
What was the pattern? Older, more likely to stick - later models not sticking?
Were they earlier versions of the lens or later editions.... I have a very early model which had to be checked for a F/W revision.
Just wondered if earlier or later editions were prone to sticking - which is what I thought you meant by "pattern". If not, what do you mean by pattern?
Sorry Barry I did say I'd not noticed a pattern on the age that's why I was confused, I think you may have misread or misinterpreted it
Not to worry - I think I jumbled up some thinking by not reading bits of this thread again.
I've also posted these in the "birds I've seen today" thread.
Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve this morning.
All with the D500, f5.6, 1/3200th @f8, ISO 3200, 2500 and 8000!
KIngfisher by Malcolm Fisher, on Flickr
Kingfisher by Malcolm Fisher, on Flickr
Kingfisher by Malcolm Fisher, on Flickr
Just bought one of these from Phil-D yesterday, very impressed so far but yet to test in anger so to speak which will be at YWP next weekend.I don't expect it to be better than my current 300mm f/4 + tc and 70-200mm f/4 on 2 bodies but it will be much more versatile using a single body.
I thought I'd have a quick test with the Nikon 1.4tc although it's rare I will use it it's nice to know it's a usable combination.
200-500 1.4tc test 2 by Scott, on Flickr
200-500 1.4tc test 1 by Scott, on Flickr
Thinking of getting this lens for rugby to go with my 70-200. Have seen a like new one for £979. Sigma 150-600 sport still on my mind also though
Constant f5.6 could be an advantage with the 200-500.
Bought mine from the classifieds on here and its like new @£650
I thought I'd better update the progress of my 200-500mm after I sent it back to Nikon, as you know I received and accepted my quote on the 05-09-18, the status then changed to awaiting repair, it was still at this status until the 02-10-18 when I got an email saying my lens was ready for despatch and telling me where to make payment, I made the payment by PayPal the same day and received my lens back by DPD on the 04-10-18, so 29 days for the turn around, with no chasing Nikon up at any stage, but I must admit it did seem twice that long I was without the lens, now to wait for some better weather to give it a proper test, that could take more than 29 days lol
Glad you got it back okay and hope it is better than new!
29 days is still too long IMHO ... my D500 was over 40 days so at least you didn't have to wait that long.
It could well be gramps unfortunatly it will still have the same idiot on the end of it lol
I did manage to get out with it today,I've not re-calibrated it for the body since it came back and it seems fine, funnily enough I've missed it more for it's close up capabilities than the reach
Still in love with this lens.... very overcast day but found these in France last week.
Sunflowers by Barry Cant, on Flickr
Great for my wildlife even on heavily overcast days.
Fox by Roger, on Flickr
Got all the shots of Puffins I could handle last year. Stayed on the Island for three days and shot Puffins. This year I shot some of the other birds, intending to spend my time chasing the Short-Eared Owl. He never appeared until dusk on the last night.
Thinking of getting this one. Thoughts -
Looks okay but more expensive than a new 'grey' lens with 3-year warranty (Panamoz £934) and not much less than a new UK lens with 2-year warranty (John Lewis £1202) ... new from eBay can be as low as £895 and used from around £700.
Just seen the Panamoz page. Very tempting. Have you used them before?
Lens looks ok. It’s a fantastic lens for wildlife. See Welshy74 comments. Mine was from Panamoz, great service
i got my d500 + 16-80 from them. Received in 3 days, there was an issue with the lens which i sent them photos of on Saturday morning and the replacement arrived on Tuesday morning. Excellent service
Lots of very positive reports on TP.
Well my 200-500mm is still away at Nikon after the zoom got stuck for no apparent reason. Latest I heard a couple of weeks ago was that they were replacing part of the barrel. Not sure what to do when it comes back - I assume it may come back better than new as they probably calibrate and check everything?? I got drunk and bought a 200-400 one night and I'm loving that. I will probably compare them side by side and maybe keep the 200-500 for longer walks or flying away..
I had a 200-400 and hated it (Mk 1) the 200-500 is much better in every respect for me.
I love the 200-500 too, I also borrowed a 200-400 mk1 but didn’t like it so much as the mk2.
Oddly enough, an hour after I posted - the 200-500 has just arrived back from Nikon!
Well, disaster struck today!
Having finished photographing a small group of Common Snipe I decided to pack up and put my 200-500 onto the hide shelf while I did so.
Done it many times before but this time something caused it to move and it crashed down onto the concrete floor ... silly boy!
It landed on the hood, which took the shock of the fall and cracked but came off resulting in scuff damage to the plastic front edge of the lens.
Fortunately I took out accidental damage protection when I bought it from John Lewis so it's covered without raiding the house insurance but I will be lost without it while it's being repaired.
Sorry to hear that Gramps. At least you had the insurance.
Ouch not good Gramps I bet you do miss it.
I am looking forward to getting to finally try mine out tomorrow
500_0225 by peter staddon, on Flickr
500_0159 by peter staddon, on Flickr
Managed to get out on friday to grab a couple
blades 6 by Mark Kingston, on Flickr
blades 5 by Mark Kingston, on Flickr
blades 4 by Mark Kingston, on Flickr
dipper on the edge by peter staddon, on Flickr
kes 1 by Mark Kingston, on Flickr
moon 1 by Mark Kingston, on Flickr
kes 2 by Mark Kingston, on Flickr
kes 3 by Mark Kingston, on Flickr
not done a moon with the 200-500 and just saw the one above so just ran outside for a quick hand held shot
500_1481 by peter staddon, on Flickr
The 200-500 on my D4S.
Golden Eagle (Wild) by Mark Molloy, on Flickr
Sorry to hijack the thread - what was wrong with the 2-400?
It was prone to ghosting and really, really poor focus at maximum range ... Thom Hogan and others make mention of this : http://www.dslrbodies.com/lenses/ni...om-lens-reviews/nikon-200-400mm-f4g-af-s.html
... e continues this theme for a bit.
Ordered mine Friday. Can't wait. Any preferences on a rain cover? Attached to D500