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Peter (Madison), lots of good work from you. The 55 1.2 is always fun to use. Waiting to see some 600 F4 work. I am curious too which version of the monster you have. The first two manual versions are more than double the weight of my tiny (by comparison) 500 F4 P, and trying to imagine carrying around the weight is making my ongoing backache worse
Samy, I'm glad I bought the 55mm, because every time I use it the resulting image is a surprise - it is all about the rendering of the scene, which you cannot see in the viewfinder. It is probably the lens with the most difference between viewfinder preview and actual image recording I have ever used.
My long lens is serial #200184 - last type of the manual focus 600mm f4 by Nikon. It allegedly has better image quality than the prior version, so I was really looking for this late model (1986-1998, with mine made early in that period). I almost bought an early AFS version, but somehow I figured I should give the MF a shot first (at half price and near zero depreciation if I take care of it).
I didn't put it on a scale yet, but it feels no different than I recall the Canon 600, except that it seems more front heavy (no AF motor, I suppose). It's also skinnier in the back, so it looks lighter, but really isn't. It carries ok with the shoulder strap for short distances, but I haven't had a chance to do much with it, as it doesn't lend it to just come along with me on a bike ride to work. Weekends have been lawn work and other stuff lately, so I only have spent more money on it (lenscoat which doesn't fit right, lens hoodie, soon a TC, monopod....).
It's not a walk-around lens for sure, but I will take it places and use it extensively as soon as I get a decent opportunity. Once I get that TC-16a, I may even try my luck with birds - we have a great marsh about an hour from where I live that's quite famous for the number of birds migrating through it. On the other hand, I really don't care too much about sitting in a bug infested hot swamp hoping to get some feathered thing on camera, but maybe I'll get into it, having the lens as a reason to get out there, and if I don't see birds, I am sure I can take tubes along and shoot some bugs