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Peter, maybe Jose has the 600 and can comment first hand on it? The 500 F4P is very much pro quality, the sharpness of the images is just striking. I have tried the TC14B, the TC16A and TC 301 with the 500 F4P. I don't do quantitative tests but the general feeling I get is there is very little loss of quality with those TCs.
The TC16A is great as it adds some rudimentary AF capability (you first manually focus to a narrow range around where the desired focus point is for that semi-AF to work). In cases of low...Show more →
I think Jose has the 600/f5.6 - saw a lot of his posts on this site and others. The 500mm f4 is a lens a good friend owned back in the 90s and I know it can deliver the goods, but I always felt my Canon's 600mm reach (or 840 with 1.4x) was better suited for what we did (motorsports). The 1.4 was really perfect, hard to notice on any shots. 2x converters were soft and we rarely used them, and apparently these days that is still true even for the latest glass.
Since I posted this morning, I've found a few more reviews and examples and I am pretty much determined to go for a 600/f4 AIS late generation. I just can't make up my mind between a beater for $1800 (adorama), a decent condition lens from Canada for $2400 and a near mint one for $2800... currently leaning towards the nice one, as it is easier to resell should I change my mind. The Canadian lens auction ends tonight - but it probably is the least likely purchase, being from a foreign seller and without case or other accessories.
What will I use for? Other than flood this forum with flower pictures, I shoot cars, planes, landscape, deep zoom panoramas in the gigapixel range, portraits, etc. I don't do birds and other animals for the most part, but who knows, maybe I will find some subjects other than our oversized mosquitoes and black bears in people's garbage cans.
What you tell me about the TC16A is what I assumed it can do. The modified units should work on my D600 and allow me to grab a focus point if I get the lens pre focused in the ballpark. That's pretty much how we used the AF lenses in the 90s, since they just could not keep up with fast cars, we just locked them on an object at the distance we wanted to shoot, then turned off the AF and fired away in MF, waiting for things to roll through our focal plane. Technically, I think you can do that with the confirm-dot, so the TC16 may not be of that much use - key for me would be to know how the image quality of it compares to a TC14B which is allegedly the best TC for the 600 F4 AIS.
Thanks for the input - I really just have to make peace with the thought of putting almost 3 grand into something I may not use very often, even if it is something that holds its value quite well, thanks to Nikon's F mount still being current.