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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


I have been using this lens in the last 2 days at 2 different birding locations. The optical performance is just superb. Although I have been pleased with the AF performance as well but I am not 100% convinced... yet. I simply haven't had the chance to fully evaluate it. Is the AF performance better than my adapted lens? You bet! With that said it is time for me to sell both adapted lenses for my wildlife and birding needs...

Here are a few images from the last two days. The first 3 images were taken this morning. I used a tripod and my A7r III to showcase the IQ that lens can pull. The last 5 images of a burrowing owl carrying a June bug it its beak were taken handheld (phew, not easy to do that for an old fart ). The total frames of the sequence was in the high 20's, using Zone AF with Tracking. And yes, all of them were critically sharp. I am planning of using a monopod at the next outing to catch the flying action though.

As a side note: The vegetation around the spots at both locations sucks.... I wish I could remotely operate a grass trimming device . Just FYI, the images were cropped as needed and edited using LR and PS.

Thank you for stopping by. Please, please post your images taken with that lens using any Sony camera here.



© AGeoJO 2019


Portrait of peregrine falcon

  ILCE-7RM3    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/60s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

  ILCE-7RM3    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/80s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019


Grooming routine

  ILCE-7RM3    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/100s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019


Burrowing owl that just caught a June bug flying back to its burrow

  ILCE-9    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    125 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

  ILCE-9    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    125 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

  ILCE-9    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

  ILCE-9    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    125 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

  ILCE-9    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    125 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 11, 2019 at 05:32 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


I can only look at the pictures in this thread with envy.


Aug 11, 2019 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


Spectacular images! The IQ is terrific. The 600 is not in the cards for me, due to its weight and size. (I'm old, and of the female persuasion, so I know I can't handle it). But I am looking forward to using the 200-600 when it arrives on Tuesday.


Aug 11, 2019 at 05:45 PM
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These are fantastic. That first one is just perfectly done. And 1/60th second. Even on a tripod that is very good. Letís see...sell all of my lenses, a car or two, take out a new mortgage, and I might be able to afford this lens. 🙂


Aug 11, 2019 at 05:53 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
I have been using this lens in the last 2 days at 2 different birding locations. The optical performance is just superb. Although I have been pleased with the AF performance as well but I am not 100% convinced... yet. I simply haven't had the chance to fully evaluate it. Is the AF performance better than my adapted lens? You bet! With that said it is time for me to sell both adapted lenses for my wildlife and birding needs...

Here are a few images from the last two days. The first 3 images were taken this morning. I used
...Show more

Hi Joshua,

Beautiful images. I am glad that you are enjoying the lens. Are you sure you don't want to go back to your Canon 600?

Rich



Aug 11, 2019 at 06:09 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


kdrk888 wrote:
I can only look at the pictures in this thread with envy.


Thank you, and that until you break down and get the 600mm, Douglas!



dallvr wrote:
Spectacular images! The IQ is terrific. The 600 is not in the cards for me, due to its weight and size. (I'm old, and of the female persuasion, so I know I can't handle it). But I am looking forward to using the 200-600 when it arrives on Tuesday.


Thank you, Shirley! I am not the youngest either... I know you are in CA as well but I am not sure exactly where. Is Palos Verdes within a striking distance from where you live? Do you feel like joining us a few others there?



mudlake wrote:
These are fantastic. That first one is just perfectly done. And 1/60th second. Even on a tripod that is very good. Letís see...sell all of my lenses, a car or two, take out a new mortgage, and I might be able to afford this lens. 🙂


Thank you, Eric! We live only once and you cannot take the leftover with you. So, you might as well spend it on something you really enjoy...



naturephoto1 wrote:
Hi Joshua,

Beautiful images. I am glad that you are enjoying the lens. Are you sure you don't want to go back to your Canon 600?

Rich


Thank you, Rich! Let me think about it for a quick second... Naaah, I will sell my adapted lenses soon... The IQ is great but the AF performance is a step behind this GM bad boy.


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Aug 11, 2019 at 06:18 PM
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Hi Joshua,

How are you enjoying the 200-600 G lens?

I am still haveing no success selling what is up for sale. But, I am now probably going to sell my whole Mamiya 7II kit with 4 lenses, and extras.

I won't have nearly enough money for the 600 GM even if everything sells. But, I might, just might have enough for the 200-600 G and possibly one of the new cameras. I am not selling the 100-400GM; it is just too useful and the 100-200mm range and closer focus is just too valuable.

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1608570

Rich

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Aug 11, 2019 at 06:20 PM
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naturephoto1 wrote:
Hi Joshua,

How are you enjoying the 200-600 G lens.

I am still haveing no success selling what is up for sale. But, I am now probably going to sell my whole Mamiya 7II kit with 4 lenses, and extras.

I won't have nearly enough money for the 600 GM even if everything sells. But, I might, just might have enough for the 200-600 G and possibly one of the new cameras. I am not selling the 100-400GM; it is just too useful and the 100-200mm range and closer focus is just too valuable.

Rich


Rich, I posted my findings on Page 4, 2nd post. Please check it out here: https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1608204/3. In essence: a lot of bang for your buck!



Aug 11, 2019 at 06:23 PM
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Stunning work Joshua!!

Birdie



Aug 11, 2019 at 07:21 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


This is the test taken hand held, Sony A9, 600 GM + 1.4 TC, 1/2500 sec @ f/ 5.6, ISO 640. It is cropped, no other edit done.






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birdied wrote:
Stunning work Joshua!!

Birdie


Thank you very much, Birdie!



ke3vg wrote:
This is the test taken hand held, Sony A9, 600 GM + 1.4 TC, 1/2500 sec @ f/ 5.6, ISO 640. It is cropped, no other edit done.


With TC and handheld, huh? Impressive in more than one way - great catch for the cormorant and great capture for from you!



Aug 11, 2019 at 07:57 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


A quick few handheld from the porch.





Some diffraction shooting between rails.












Tongue Sticking out.




Aug 11, 2019 at 07:59 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


This test was done with A7R3, 600 GM + 2x = 1200mm at sunrise. white balance adjusted.
1/2000 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 500, Also hand held.






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Aug 11, 2019 at 08:29 PM
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This test was done with A7R3, 600GM + 1.4 TC, 1/2500 Sec @ f/5.6, ISO 250, Hand held.







Aug 11, 2019 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


AGeoJO wrote:
Thank you very much, Birdie!


With TC and handheld, huh? Impressive in more than one way - great catch for the cormorant and great capture for from you!


Joshua, that is the reason I switched it to Sony, lot more lenses are hand holdable now, compare to my other 600 lenses.
thanks,

Mukesh



Aug 11, 2019 at 08:58 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


AGeoJO wrote:
I have been using this lens in the last 2 days at 2 different birding locations. The optical performance is just superb. Although I have been pleased with the AF performance as well but I am not 100% convinced... yet. I simply haven't had the chance to fully evaluate it. Is the AF performance better than my adapted lens? You bet! With that said it is time for me to sell both adapted lenses for my wildlife and birding needs...

Here are a few images from the last two days. The first 3 images were taken this morning. I used
...Show more

You did comment that you would be testing two new lenses this weekend Nicely done with the "new" 600/4



Aug 11, 2019 at 09:08 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


Josh sorry I missed you ouT there this morning! When Iím back from car week Iíd love to come out and join you guys!


Aug 11, 2019 at 10:14 PM
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Wow! Just stunning! We need some 600mm human portraits though! 👊🍻
AGeoJO wrote:
I have been using this lens in the last 2 days at 2 different birding locations. The optical performance is just superb. Although I have been pleased with the AF performance as well but I am not 100% convinced... yet. I simply haven't had the chance to fully evaluate it. Is the AF performance better than my adapted lens? You bet! With that said it is time for me to sell both adapted lenses for my wildlife and birding needs...

Here are a few images from the last two days. The first 3 images were taken this morning. I used
...Show more



Aug 11, 2019 at 11:35 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM Image Thread


Friday I took head shot handheld, in a friends studio, low light, 1/30, ISO 200, acceptably sharp.
Several other photographers were the shaking their heads in disbelief!



Aug 11, 2019 at 11:42 PM
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dallvr wrote:
Spectacular images! The IQ is terrific. The 600 is not in the cards for me, due to its weight and size. (I'm old, and of the female persuasion, so I know I can't handle it). But I am looking forward to using the 200-600 when it arrives on Tuesday.


Thank you, Shirley! I am not the youngest either... I know you are in CA as well but I am not sure exactly where. Is Palos Verdes within a striking distance from where you live? Do you feel like joining us a few others there?

Thanks, Joshua, I'd love to do that but I am in northern CA, Marin County to be exact. I am always envious of your burrowing owl photos and it would be fun to photograph them.



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