Are you wondering if the Nikon 200-500 lens is relevant in 2022? Then stick around, because in this video I’m going to tell you more about the Nikon 200-500 mil lens and why it’s still one of the best lenses you can lay your hands on, even in 2022.
Ok, so you want to click wildlife, and are watching this video to find more about the Nikon 200-500 lens. You’re in the right place!
There are 4 main points that I wish to explore. The build quality, autofocus speed and accuracy, image stabilisation performance, and last but not the least… sharpness.
The build quality is good, with basic weather sealing, but doesn’t compare to Canon’s 100-400 Mark II lens where even the switches are weather sealed.
The autofocus is good, I’ve never had a problem with it, even in difficult situations where there are twigs and leaves in the way.
The image stabilisation is exceptional, now I used a bean bag while clicking these photos… still the shutter speeds were as low as 1/60th of a second at 500 mil on a shaky boat. So full marks to the stabilisation.
I never found the sharpness to be lacking in any way. It somehow gets the job done, even though… it doesn’t have the fluorite element that the Canon 100-400 Mark II does.
Now Nikon has a slight edge over Canon. Canon does not have an affordable 500 mil lens for their DSLR cameras whereas Nikon have two, a 200-500 mil and the 500 5.6 lens that costs less than half the price of the 500 mil f/4 lens.
However, the 100-400 lens is 100 mil wider, and at 38.4 inches has a ridiculously minimum focusing distance.
But when I go out to click birds, I prefer the Nikon 200-500 because of its extra reach. However when I go on a tiger safari, I prefer the wider 100 mil focal length for times when I get the opportunity to click tigers that are close to me. But sooner or later, once you become more committed to wildlife photography you can get an additional Nikon camera with a 70-200 mil lens. That way you’ll be covered from 70 right up till 500 mil which is beyond the reach of any affordable Canon lens for DSLR cameras.
Wildlife photography is challenging, so you must make sure that your gear is best suited to your style. Please see links in the descriptions to videos about the Canon 7D Mark II and Nikon D500 to get a better idea about these cameras and find out which brand will suit you better.
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