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Old 07-18-2005   #1
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Default 600 vs 500

I know this topic has been beaten to death by anyone who has wanted the 500mm or 600mm lenses. But here I am, beating.

I find myself in the odd position of wanting both lenses. I have the 500 and can't give it up. But clearly I need more reach for the small critters.

Anyone gone this route? If I get the 600, will I never again use the 500? To me, the 500 is so versatile, and I can't imagine not wanting to use it.

Minimum focusing distance of the 600 concerns me.

I'm a nature guy: sometimes birds, sometimes not.

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If you can afford to, I suggest that you keep the 500 and get the 600. You will find times when the 600 will be too close.

I just wish I could afford either one. I spend my money on the 1D Mark II and will just have to continue using my 100-400L IS for now.
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Reichmann on Luminous Landscape was having a tough time choosing - he settled on the 500, basically due to luggability issues. Would the 1.4 tc cause too much of a problem? Cheap compared to a 600. You could probably borrow one for a couple of minutes in a local shop and rattle off some tests. Certainly my experience with the 300 2.8 and a tc have been good.
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I own the 600mm and love it, but even with the 600mm at times you will still want more. The 1.4 works well in good light on the 600mm and I am sure it would perform well on the 500mm, could be a good way to go, spending 7k on an extra 100mm my not be worth it sense you own the 500mm already. I also own the 300 2.8 and the 1.4 works well on this also. Heck just go for the 1200mm
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I own the 600mm and love it, but even with the 600mm at times you will still want more. The 1.4 works well in good light on the 600mm and I am sure it would perform well on the 500mm, could be a good way to go, spending 7k on an extra 100mm my not be worth it sense you own the 500mm already. I also own the 300 2.8 and the 1.4 works well on this also. Heck just go for the 1200mm
This would be easier if I felt that the 2x extender gave me what I needed on the 500. At f/11 it's okay, but not the quality I would hope for from the 600.
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The 2x works but not great IMO, you will not be happy with 500 and 2x (or atleast not very). Looks like you have to by the 600mm too. Even then I would stay with the 1.4x if you need more reach. The 2x has to be in excellent conditions to get keepable results. The 600mm has superb quality. (this is my opinion anyway)
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I have the 600 and I am getting ready to trade for a 500. The trade is strictly for the weight savings. I know in the long run I will miss the extra 100mm dearly...

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I looked at all the options. the 600 can be too long, even on Safari, but usually it's exactly what I wanted. the 500 is lighter and shorter, but the extra 100 makes a difference around the leopards and smaller mammals and birds. I use the 400/2.8 as well, and with a 1.4 it's got more reach than a 500 with similar or better quality.

For Zoo shooting and getting around locally I have the 400/4 DO and the 300/2.8, both not bad lenses really.

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Decided to keep my 600, just too nice of a lens and I know I would miss the extra 100mm. Figure that 100mm is why I bought it in the first place.
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Decided to keep my 600, just too nice of a lens and I know I would miss the extra 100mm. Figure that 100mm is why I bought it in the first place.
Good move.

My tests have repeatedly shown the 500 to be the sharper lens, however.


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