the English gentlemen is the epitome of refinement and good character, he takes great pride in conducting himself in the most courteous of manners. His hobbies are no less classy; pointing at things in the distance, dunno what this is, pissing in public, shooting shit and playing with heavy machinery. It’s no great wonder that the English gent of 2017 should shoot birds with a D5 and 600mm Behemoth, but how does it compare to the 2016 method of shooting birds? This is 600mm lens vs shotgun! In the green corner wearing green trousers, me! And this, just in case I have a bike accident while shooting. More Green clothing… and a piece of carpet from a care home. Ebay, best place for clothing. Smells of vomit though! In the opposite green corner is Bayfield, pro-photoist and box destroyer. The idea is simple, 30 clay, disk, things. Will the D5 and 600mm lens get more infocus shots than the shotgun can get kills? Ok, great – great. Couldn’t hear a word of that cause err… Should be easy… Just shoot!? Sounds easy-peasy, but this is what happened in the practice session. Pull Not much. Ahh you just missed that pair there unfortunately. However I did hit this pair, who sadly have planted their last christmas trees. Anyway, moving on. It’s a small window but, Bayfield, even smaller window. Especially when you’re looking through the viewfinder, it’s hard to know where exactly it is, such a tiny subject. literally couldn’t see a thing. One slight problem… It seemed like neither of us could hit anything. Still shooting way over that I think. OK So it’s currently at what 11 or 14 fps? On the D5 the D5 should ensure that Paul can get the best out of an epic bit of glass like this. Now I’m always impressed with these long guns because if you think about the mechanics that’s going on inside. It’s just the a camera, it’s just the battery itself that’s powering everything that’s moving around. On the inside of this barrel It might be silent wave motor, but you can still hear some dark arts happening inside. But who cares what noise it makes when this is possibly the best tool for the bird photography job? The target’s moving so fast it’s hard just to kinda keep up with it. The only problem is that, I ended up destroying all of Paul’s subjects. Perfect Oof! No luck with the birds for Paul, but in round two we are shooting rabbits instead. I’m no Attenborough but, the rabbits look very similar to the pigeons. They all look kinda the same, not being clay-ist or anything but… 600mm has a useful memory recall, you can focus on a subject at a certain distance and hit the button to recall that focal point. Useful if you know that a subject will hit a certain point. Focus speed can only be described as Freakin Quick! Despite having to shift massive pieces of glass. Detail is phenomenal, every little shard is so crisp. Lovely Even wide-open, clean and sharp to the edges with little light fall-off. Perfect Oow, that one! Lovely This lens has tripod VR to minimise tripod shake so blurry shots… not a problem. With that weight it not exactly ideal for handholding anyways but it offers up 4 stops of stability even though your arms’ll be out of your sockets. Lovely Boom Great success! I think I might be beating Paul at this moment. Yes i am but he can still win it in the third round. Better make the excuses early. I’ve got about… that much space to kind-of play with, it’s… it’s in the frame and it’s out of the frame. Super quick. I can’t see anything with these on. I can’t see anything either! Ok. Fine then aren’t we? Equally disadvantaged. Equally disabled. To give you an idea… it’s about 30ft away. Yep. The area in which you are going to be shooting your target. No need for excuses already. For a 600mm I’m standing like this! OK. No excuses need to be made for image quality though, it’s ace! C’mon little rabbit. 2 fluorite, 4 extra low dispersion and 1 protective glass element, plus Nikon’s ‘nano-crystal coating’ or whatever they call it?! Don’t see any chromatic aberrations at all, and you know what? Bokeh is so creamy gorgeous like. One of Nikon’s best primes. One of Nikon’s pricier lenses no doubt, but it is an impressive bit of engineering, combining the finest optical design with top-tech. It is the sharpest tool in the box, for very specific uses. Although ironically, it still wasn’t the best choice for shooting birds. So yeah ya’know, I don’t want to brag or anything but, 3 rounds and I won! Just the first time… A bit of practice on the old Nintendos and the Playstation like, killing people digital people, not real people Superstar, I’m like, i’m like err, Van Damme. No actually Van Damme doesn’t use guns does he? ‘Bang’, I won, Paul looser, Yes! Therefore, ipso-facto conclusion to this video is… …don’t buy 600mm lenses, they are not useful for much not even photography, not for shooting things, not for getting things in focus, shotguns, quicker! Buy a shotgun, don’t use it to shoot people! That’s wrong. Shoot clay pigeons, and rabbits and other animals that are made of clay, fine.