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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G Image Thread


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First shot 200-600mm + 2.0TC on a9
RTH 60 yards away.

Sony ILCE-9
FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 2X Teleconverter
É/13.0 1200.0 mm 1/1600 1250

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48498246677_f96f01077f_h.jpgFirst shot 200-600mm 2.0TC for 1200mm by MedicineMan4040, on Flickr

So how big was the crop?
Here's the SOOC size

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48498308577_a4c864833f_b.jpgHow much did I crop by Stopitdown Stopitdown, on Flickr


Nothing like 1200 f/13 to pick out all the sensor dust ....but damn that is looking pretty nice!!



Aug 09, 2019 at 07:31 PM
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arbitrage wrote:
Nothing like 1200 f/13 to pick out all the sensor dust ....but damn that is looking pretty nice!!


Way better than I was expecting especially after reading all the pundits. Tomorrow I hope to shoot bare lens on a little dinky bird and really fill the frame.
One thing this lens really helps with is the crop challenged a9's pixel spread.
One of the hawks (we have three currently) is always in that spot so I've shot one over the years with almost all of the 150-600 zooms and remember the abysmal IQ of the Tamron 150-600G2 with teleconverter. The lens itself was fine but couldn't handle the TC. I can see why it is advised to stick with the 1.4TC on the 200600 solely, but from what I'm seeing the 2.0 will work in a pinch......light dependent of course.



Aug 09, 2019 at 08:17 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
I compared the 200-600mm at the long end with the prime lens. I couldnít tell much of a difference. The difference, if any, would not matter much under real life shooting conditions, for sure. Where it matters more is in the ability to isolate the target of the prime lens. The shallower depth-of-field at f/4 compared to that of f/6.3 plays a role in the rendition. Although the target is only marginally or barely any "sharper" for lack of a better word but it does appear sharper since the background is rendered softer due to the shallower depth-of-field. In other
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Joshua I can think of another huge difference, and not the shekels. I can lift one but not the other



Aug 09, 2019 at 08:25 PM
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Joshua I can think of another huge difference, and not the shekels. I can lift one but not the other


Robert, I thought just like you did until I tried one out at that event. Darn, it is not feather-light but seriously, not that much heavier and the weight is distributed more towards the camera.... well, I am convinced that you heard that line before but how it works is surprisingly well. No, I wonít be able to do it over a long period of course but as long as I can do it for approximately a minute, I am happy. Thatís it! Even if shooting only at 10FPS, I will get 600 images that way per burst . Normally, the sequence I shoot is between 5 and 20 seconds and I am convinced that you can handhold it for less than 20 seconds, Robert.




Aug 09, 2019 at 08:37 PM
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I shouldn't have come here. Makes Monday seem farther away.


Aug 10, 2019 at 04:35 AM
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Would love to hear more on the weight compared to the 100-400mm. Is the 200-600 light enought hand holding comfortably? Maybe taking on an hour hike or something?


Aug 10, 2019 at 07:07 AM
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Alex W wrote:
Would love to hear more on the weight compared to the 100-400mm. Is the 200-600 light enought hand holding comfortably? Maybe taking on an hour hike or something?


I say yes to carry for more than an hour....but all based on your condition eh.
I walked a bit this morning when I got off work.....a9+200-600 in the small of my back.....with no problems or pain.
Yes to surprisingly hand holdable, and I'm strongly averse to weight---and things that pull me down and forward (big F4 lenses) to name one

Standing and holding at the ready=eye to the EVF finger on the shutter. Now that is different. I've learned to plant the lower left corner of the a9 into my should to help support the weight. Arm bent and the whole rig as close to the body as I can. This way I've held ready for 10 min's. Then I have to take a break.

Mileage is a vagary in all of this but really the lens is deceptively light for what it is.



Aug 10, 2019 at 07:13 AM
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Speaking of the morning walk-

BIF learning with FE200-600G by MedicineMan4040, on Flickr

BIF learning FE200-600G by MedicineMan4040, on Flickr

Continuous AF of the a9 (green box with vertical line on each side) got on target quickly and staid on target for 20 shots. Really good light (for here) I'm sure part of it. No teleconverter. And I'd worked all night and missed the first opportunity as he came out of nowhere from down low...so more me than the gears.

Oh, the short throw zoom! Damn nice feature. I'll put up with less pack space (compared to the 100-400) to have it, so fast to go from 200-600mm.

Side lugs also a nice feature for my security system-
Strap setup by Stopitdown Stopitdown, on Flickr

Edited on Aug 10, 2019 at 07:24 AM · View previous versions



Aug 10, 2019 at 07:16 AM
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MedicineMan404 wrote:
First shot 200-600mm + 2.0TC on a9
RTH 60 yards away.

Sony ILCE-9
FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 2X Teleconverter
É/13.0 1200.0 mm 1/1600 1250

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48498246677_f96f01077f_h.jpgFirst shot 200-600mm 2.0TC for 1200mm by MedicineMan4040, on Flickr

So how big was the crop?
Here's the SOOC size

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48498308577_a4c864833f_b.jpgHow much did I crop by Stopitdown Stopitdown, on Flickr


How does it compare to the 100-400 with 2x, IQ and autofocus wise?



Aug 10, 2019 at 07:18 AM
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I got mine yesterday and I am returning it today. Nothing wrong with it, just too heavy. I am 72 years of age and with two shoulder surgeries, I can't use this lens unless it is on a tripod. Going backwards for me. Sure I should have played with the size before I purchased, but GAS got me. For now I'll stick with the 100-400 with the 1.4x attached.


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How about sharpness in the 200-300mm range?


Aug 10, 2019 at 08:27 AM
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All this talk about weight made me look on B&H to see what some of these common lenses weigh.
This was just curiosity on my part, I'm not judging anyone. We all have different wants and needs.
(all weights are in pounds)

Sony 200-600 - ----------------4.65
Sony 100-400 with 1.4 tc - 3.4375
Sony 600 f4 - -------------------6.7
Sigma 150-600c - -------------4.0
Sigma 120-300 f28 - ---------7.5
Sigma MC-11 - ------------------0.7
Canon 500 f4 II - ---------------7.0
Canon 2x tc - -------------------0.7

So, me looking at this, it seems like the 100-400 with the 1.4 tc is about a 20 oz bottle of Coke lighter than the 200-600.

For me, at this time, that wouldn't be a big thing.
My lens of choice for years was the Sigma 120-300 with a 2x tc, a little over 8 pounds.
I should add that I don't really go hiking either.
I drive to a spot walk maybe a half mile in, then a half mile back out.

YMMV.



Aug 10, 2019 at 08:39 AM
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AGeoJO wrote:
Robert, I thought just like you did until I tried one out at that event. Darn, it is not feather-light but seriously, not that much heavier and the weight is distributed more towards the camera.... well, I am convinced that you heard that line before but how it works is surprisingly well. No, I wonít be able to do it over a long period of course but as long as I can do it for approximately a minute, I am happy. Thatís it! Even if shooting only at 10FPS, I will get 600 images that way per burst . Normally,
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I had a chance to hand hold my buddy's 600mm GM briefly this morning, it FEELS a lot lighter than I thought, definitely manageable for several minutes.

An unlikely subject for this lens.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2gU9VUi]Bombay Hook Sunrise by Douglas Liu, on Flickr[/url]



Aug 10, 2019 at 09:44 AM
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Sony 200-600mm (Samples under low-light rainy conditions.)





Sony A9, Sony 200-600mm + 1.4xTC @840mm f/9 ISO 6400 1/1000sec (slight noise reduction with Topaz Labs, no sharpening applied)







Sony A9, Sony 200-600mm + 1.4xTC @840mm f/9 ISO 2000 1/640sec (slight noise reduction with Topaz Labs, slight sharpening applied)







Sony A9, Sony 200-600mm + 1.4xTC @840mm f/9 ISO 1000 1/500sec (slight noise reduction with Topaz Labs, slight sharpening applied)




Aug 10, 2019 at 10:32 AM
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I just came back from a local burrowing owl site and here are sequential images I took there using this lens. Within 5 minutes after I got there the owl that just caught a June bug flew towards the burrow. I got it in the "cross hair" and fired away. I was stoked. He made several more "sorties" and I came home to view the images.

I had another lens that I played with. And that wasn't a good idea. While I was changing the gear back and forth, I could have missed some good shooting opportunities. Oh, well.

First, I am thrilled to see the images at 600mm at wide open. The sharpness is superb. So, in that respect the lens delivers, for sure. Now, the AF performance. Well, here is the first impression of the AF; the owl in the first eleven images was in perfect focus but the subsequent 3 were out of focus and the last one was back in focus although not quite perfectly in focus... yet. I used the Zone AF that I trusted on my A9 for that. It seemed that the setup tried to regain focus and it did but it was at the end of the sequence and then the owl landed already. I got a few images from a few more burst but the vegetation there not only obstructed the view and yes, the AF as well. So, this is my first impression and I will be going out for more to render a more definite impression and for sure, I don't want to speculate whether the GM 100-400mm plus 1.4X TC is sharper or better in AF at this point.

Here are images of a sequence although it doesn't show much of the AF performance. The owl landed on the branch near the burrow and a second later it hopped and flew into the burrow. Please note that the images were edited using LR only and that they were cropped.



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Aug 10, 2019 at 01:29 PM
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Here are some Hummers shot with A6400 and 200-600 and 1.4X TC so effective focal length of 1260mm and f9



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200-600mm@600 and 1.4X TC





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200-600mm@600 and 1.4X TC





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200-600mm@600 and 1.4X TC




Aug 10, 2019 at 01:29 PM
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Here is 200-600mm with 1.4X on the A7 III 1 Hummer and a few clearwings



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Hummer you can compare to A6400 above





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Few clearwings AKA hummingbird moth





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Aug 10, 2019 at 01:36 PM
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billsnature wrote:
Here is 200-600mm with 1.4X on the A7 III 1 Hummer and a few clearwings


Nice shots Bill. Looks like the 1.4TC will be a great option on this lens when the light allows...I'm sure it will be better than the 2x on the 100-400 to get to 800mm. Your BeeBalm looks as bad as mine does now



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AGeoJO wrote:
I just came back from a local burrowing owl site and here are sequential images I took there using this lens. Within 5 minutes after I got there the owl that just caught a June bug flew towards the burrow. I got it in the "cross hair" and fired away. I was stoked. He made several more "sorties" and I came home to view the images.

I had another lens that I played with. And that wasn't a good idea. While I was changing the gear back and forth, I could have missed some good shooting opportunities. Oh, well.

First, I
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Thanks for the early report Joshua. Cool shots. Did you have the 600/4 out there also?



Aug 10, 2019 at 02:20 PM
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arbitrage wrote:
Thanks for the early report Joshua. Cool shots. Did you have the 600/4 out there also?


Thank you, Geoff! And yes, I did. Thatís why I fumbled around with my gear and may have missed a few good opportunities. If you read my post on the first page of this thread about the difference between the 2 lenses, this outing confirmed it again. I will go out to a different location tomorrow morning. And I will post my impression from the second location here again. To reiterate though, I am impressed with the IQ this zoom lens generates.




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