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05-09-2017, 01:24 AM   #16
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It looks a lot smaller than a K1....which weighs a lot with the 70/200....

Great shots of those gridiron(is that still the name,k1...k3.... K5 hike) players!

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QuoteOriginally posted by surfar Quote
It looks a lot smaller than a K1....which weighs a lot with the 70/200....
I compared weight of both cameras with telephoto lenses. It's pretty much the same weight to carry with those setups I compared.
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I got a chance to try D500 with NIkkor 200-500mm f5.6. I've not seen pictures yet since my laptop does not fit xqd card, and my friend forgot the card reader to bring. We plan to check all images tomorrow.

Hard to compare since it's unknown camera, but the first impression was very positive. The release button is so sensitive and quiet, and the burst is so fast. I know that I missed lot of shoots, especially when panning, but it's because of the lens weight hand held, mostly it will be motion blur, I believe.
The ergonomics however is great, the grip is deep and comfortable, and the lens is very comfortable to hold. I enjoyed it first half an hour, then my arm got tired.
Which is bad is the fact that now I want 500mm lens
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
The ergonomics however is great, the grip is deep and comfortable, and the lens is very comfortable to hold. I enjoyed it first half an hour, then my arm got tired.
Which is bad is the fact that now I want 500mm lens
No pain, no gain.

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I checked pictures yesterday. Shooting 500mm hand held was not a good idea for me. Almost every picture has motion blur. As for focusing, yes, I got in focus a few fast birds flying toward me. When in sports mode, AF is searching fast. The photographer, however, was not that good. At least I know now that 500mm hand held is too much for me.
I'm thinking if investing about $3K (for the start) in HOBBY is very bright idea. I should give up K-1 for it, but I don't want to.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
I checked pictures yesterday. Shooting 500mm hand held was not a good idea for me. Almost every picture has motion blur. As for focusing, yes, I got in focus a few fast birds flying toward me. When in sports mode, AF is searching fast. The photographer, however, was not that good. At least I know now that 500mm hand held is too much for me.
I'm thinking if investing about $3K (for the start) in HOBBY is very bright idea. I should give up K-1 for it, but I don't want to.
What shutter speeds were you using? I found the VR on the 200-500 to be impressive.

Don't be discouraged; in my experience, it can take weeks or even months to learn a new long tele lens.
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I've been using mostly above 1/1000, but the blur was no doubt from my hands. My left hand is still hurting a bit, and the right arm got swollen next day. Even monopod would be handy, but it was my decision to test the weight as well.
And I also choose challenging location, with fast passing birds in any direction, unpredictable. Got lots of cormorants landing on water, and taking off. Actually, more than usually with K-1, I have to admit.

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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
I've been using mostly above 1/1000, but the blur was no doubt from my hands. My left hand is still hurting a bit, and the right arm got swollen next day. Even monopod would be handy, but it was my decision to test the weight as well.
Oy. That much pain isn't good. Have you considered a K-3 + DA* 300/4 + 1.4TC, or even the Nikon equivalent?

I don't know if there's a great solution, given your parameters.
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Oy. That much pain isn't good. Have you considered a K-3 + DA* 300/4 + 1.4TC, or even the Nikon equivalent?
That's my limit for now: DA*300+TC with K-1 and K5iis. I'm glad that I got a chance to test 500mm zoom. I can handle it, but only with monopod at least, better with tripod. Nikon has lighter zooms however. Are they good as DA*300mm? Not sure.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
That's my limit for now: DA*300+TC with K-1 and K5iis. I'm glad that I got a chance to test 500mm zoom. I can handle it, but only with monopod at least, better with tripod. Nikon has lighter zooms however. Are they good as DA*300mm? Not sure.
AFAIK, the other popular high performance zoom is the 80-400, but I doubt it's sharper at the long end than the DA 300/4 + TC... and is it long enough for your needs, anyway?

Maybe your best best is to see what kind of AF performance the K-3 II successor brings.
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