Desperately seeking birds
- Aug 16, 2012
The 500mm f/5.6 PF isn't cheap, but still close to half the price of the 400mm DO II and close to 2lb lighter when the hood is on. Apart from the 800mm f/11 having the serious advantage as being as cheap as French fries, the 500mm f/5.6 has an MFD of 3m, as opposed to 6m, can be used as a 700mm f/8 and a 1000mm f/11, with the 400mm DO similar but shorter focal lengths and wider apertured. Both can be used as general walk-round lenses. I'd love one at a price of $/£3500 or less.Exactly - Nikon is making money on mid-speed (slower than Canon's fastest, faster than f/11) PF super teles. Seems to me like Canon has an incentive to compete, e.g. RF 300mm f/4L DO IS USM & RF 500mm f/5.6 DO IS USM.