When traveling and doing mainly general photography I don’t pack a Nikon 200-500mm or a 600mm ƒ/4. I have found that the Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 is the perfect lens for about 99% of the situations I come upon.
When I went to The Big Island of Hawaii I saw online that there is a rodeo going on when I am there in Hilo. I just decided to travel with my Nikon D5 because of its unsurpassed ability to follow focus and freeze action.
The lens did a great job. Could I have done better with a 200-500mm–YES. However, I would then have to pack that large piece of glass.
I cropped a little in on these photos knowing that the main place I will use them is on my website. A 20 megapixel image can easily be cropped for this end use.
Now here are the settings I use for sports with my Nikon D5.
While I had the brand new Nikon Z6 it doesn’t perform as well as the Nikon D5. The Nikon D5 computer does a much better job with focus and buffer. You can shoot 200 RAW images before the buffer fills up. That is a lot at 12 fps you can pretty much nail the shot.