Another argument for superzooms for wildlife photography for the rest of us

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    When I posted https://www.photographerslounge.org/threads/34944/#post-219375 , I mentioned that it is difficult to get long fast lenses for ILCs (and particularly so if you want a long fast zoom lens). Not impossible, but not easy either.

    One of the aspects of "Wildlife photography for the rest of us" that I never mentioned was cost.

    Well, here's some news: Nikon has announced a couple of commendably fast long fixed lenses for its full frame cameras. The AF-S Nikkor 500mm F4E FL ED VR will cost $10,299.95; the AF-S Nikkor 600mm F4E FL ED VR will sell for $12,299.95. Both will be available mid-July.

    Upon reading ths news, my Scottish thrift genes kicked into full overdrive. I found myself kissing the FZ200 and cooing: "Who's a good little camera? Who's Daddy's favorite?"

    If I purchased a full-frame Nikon and one of those lenses (and for the record, I am absolutely positive that it would deliver astounding performance), I would only be able to use it for a month, at the end of which, I would have to "do myself in" and let the insurance pay the VISA bill.

    Cheers, Jock
    PS -- I have to be careful even reading the prices on those new lenses . . . I'm on blood thinners.
     
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  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

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    Andrew
    Patience. :D

    The Olympus 300/4 PRO is coming soon(~$1299-$1499USD). Reasonable price for an effective FOV of 600mm + it will work with the new 1.4TC giving you an 840mm FOV for only $350 more USD.
     
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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    I just take pictures at the zoo with a shorter telephoto.
     
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  4. The Olympus 75-300mm (currently 449$) is a pretty good lens too. It's slower of course, but small enough to just take along.
    Got great results from it - one of my favourite lenses, even if I don't use it every day.
     
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  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

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    Andrew
    That is true, but I believe the OP is making the case for fast aperture lenses.
     
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  6. You're probably right. Didn't want to hijack this into a m43 thread.
    Just thought it would fit into the spirit of "It doesn't always have to be big and expensive". Especially if you're only doing it for fun. :)
    (I'm from a part of Germany that's supposedly very thrifty too... the German equivalent to Scotland I guess :D )
     
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  7. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Exactly, the FZ200 offers 600mm (e), plus more if you are willing to go for digital zoom, with f/2.8 throughout.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  8. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I came from the Panasonic FZ3(8 years old now) to mFT 5 years ago. Even as the technology has grown with the new superzooms, the biggest issue I always faced was dynamic range. The latest larger sensor superzooms seem to be getting pretty close now.
     
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  9. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    I'm not a huge fan of small sensors (<1/1.7, 2/3) and heaven knows I've tried enough of them. The Stylus 1 has been my favorite followed by the X10. The FZ1000 would be smallest sensor superzoom (not small, I know) I'd consider now for long telephoto conditions. OTOH, I expect the FZ1000 would be really good. Just to note, I definitely have a hankering for the RX10 but it's not long enough for wildlife.
     
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  10. FZ1000 is top of my list, still. I could buy this week but I think I'd like to wait for more price drop. Mind you, with the way the Aussie dollar is tumbling... if I *don't* buy this week, I may have to wait years before I can afford it again.
     
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  11. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Just think if you were in Greece...
     
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  12. Erk. If I was in Greece, cameras would be the last of my concerns.
     
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  13. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I take your point. Small works for me and results in a camera with great reach, a fast lens, AND I am willing to carry it. On the other hand, you could argue that I have low standards for image quality and that I am lazy (ie, unwilling to carry big, heavy camera/lens combos). You would be correct on both counts.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  14. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    You are balancing several important factors in picking a kit. This is wisdom and efficiency not laziness. :thumbup: You might enjoy this site: thenimblephotographer.com
     
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  15. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Wow, thanks for the link to the nimble photographer. That pretty much captures the spirit of my photographic philosophy!

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  16. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    I thought of this thread and you in particular when I stumbled on this. I was looking for reviews of the Lumix 35-100 4-5.6 and found this guy's blog.
     
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  17. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    The review I read listed only 2 cons - the f4 starting point and the start-up rotation to unlock the lens. I wish I had a lens like this with my G1 from circa 2007.
     
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  18. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    The biggest complaint I commonly saw was the existence of the 35-100 2.8. :biggrin:
     
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