Phoenixkh wrote in post #18487272
We have a few very popular rookeries here in Florida. I spend quite a bit of time at several of them. I'd have to say, this past year, it was about even on the high end between Nikon and Canon. Nikon D4s (I didn't see any D5's. I don't recall when it was released but one guy told me..... I'm waiting for the D5S) ...Canon 1D X's and some 2's, all using super telephoto prime lenses with a smattering of 200-400 w/1.4X f/4. On the budget limited side, there were a ton of 7D2's with the 100-400L ii. It wasn't even close... probably 90% were Canon shooters.
It will be very interesting this coming Spring. I'll bet I see a lot of Nikon D500's with their 200-500 lens.
Of course, this isn't a scientific poll, just my observations. I found the Nikon guys just as pleasant as the Canon shooters. We're all there to get photographs so we don't chat a lot.... but there are lulls in the action so we do discuss what we like about Canon and Nikon, respectively.
Yeah,... it's pretty much even in Nikonland that they missed the mark on the D5. Half love it, and the other half are either cool on it or hate it at full military speed. Your buddy is pretty much reflects what everyone is doing now,... waiting for the D5s. Rumor has the release of the D5s as being closer than not, along with an updated D750. But you know how rumors go!
Surprised you haven't seen a lot of that D500/200-500mf/5.6E duo this past shooting season. That 200-500 is an excellent piece of long glass, especially for the price. Some say it even out performs one or two of Nikon's older long primes,... wouldn't know that because I've never been fortunately enough to shoot with any of Nikon's long pro primes. But I own the 200-500 f/5.6E and it sure is one sharp long zoom. I don't shoot a lot of birds,... my main interests are sports, exotic cars, and portraits, but here's a SOC shot of the U.S.S Battle Frigate Constellation,... sister ship to the U.S.S. Constitution a.k.a. Old Iron Sides. I took this shot last November from Federal Hill with the 200-500 attached to my D810 while she was docked in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Straight out of camera image quality and sharpness for under $1,400 is amazing,... and there's more in there with a little work in post. Shots with it attached to my D500 are just as clean, but with a 750mm reach!
In the end,... Nikon vs Canon vs Sony can matter, but it really doesn't! Just take the shot!
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