Super Telephoto Lens For A D850

2 months 4 weeks ago #677521 by TinBC
This is my first day at the site so I thought that I'd ask for some opinions in regards to my next lens. I am shooting with a D850 and have the bases covered up to 200mm. I am looking to push out further to start shooting wildlife so I am in the market for a new lens.  I would love to own one of the high end prime lenses but alas, I don't have the five figure budget that goes with them. So with that said here are the candidates;
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Sports
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR
Tamron150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di 
From my reading to date I am leaning towards the way they are listed above. I like the image quality of the 200-500 but wonder if the extra 100mm that the Sigma offers would be a bigger advantage when in the field. Both allow for composition when shooting. The 500 should produce the highest quality image and is light but it is fixed and pricy to boot.
I am hoping that some of you seasoned wildlife photographers would give me your thoughts... Fixed or telephoto and that extra 100mm of reach.
Thanks
 


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2 months 3 weeks ago #677528 by Nikon Shooter
The pixel count of the D850 is working for you in this
equation… extending your reach in a better way than
a TC ever could.

I opted to keep my "bought new some 30 years ago"
600 mm ƒ4 and added the brilliant 180 ~ 400 mm ƒ4.

With these properly mounted on gimbals and tripods I
harvest sharp and pleasingly cropped images.

I only work with IF and constant ƒ lenses.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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2 months 3 weeks ago #677565 by garyrhook
Getting back to your question...

That 600mm will buy you 20% over 500mm. Does that matter to you?

I have the Nikon, after trying out a friend's Tamron 150-600. I'm happy with the choice considering how little it gets used. My recent sandhill crane photos were taken with that lens, and the results are satisfying.

Lots of folks like that Sigma.

A teleconverter will cost you in image quality. I have the Nikon TC 1.4II and see some degradation.

You'll want a gimbal head to manage the larger lens. Handheld is really difficult, IMHO.

Being a bit of a hack, I prefer the choices allowed by a zoom, and have used my 200-500 to shoot concerts. Not just wildlife.


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2 months 1 week ago #678994 by the four vignettes
I own a 300mm f/2.8 and a 500mm f/4 and here my take on it.  A nice sharp image out of a D850 can be cropped a far bit.  TCs with a high quality prime can go a long way, but I'd stick with a 1.4 TC.  There will be image quality lose but a 1.4 isn't going to make it that much worse.  For wild life, a nice prime, a D850 and cropping can go a long way.   Since you'll almost always be cropping, having a fixed long lens is best IME.  Plus if you're that up close you don't have to get the full body.  That being said, zooms can be nice if you expect to get up close. Zooms don't play was well with TCs though.

I hand hold my 500mm but wouldn't real life y recommend it.  Getting a nice tripod or monopod setup can really help.


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