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Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread

  
 
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p.11 #1 · p.11 #1 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


white wrote:
I have the 300, 400, 600GM. Bird shooting is just a smaller subset that I use these for.

I fully agree that the 2x is very usable with the 300GM and makes it a great birding walk around lens due to the weight savings. Previously I would go more to my OM1 and 300f4 Pro for a lighter set up. (The 300f4 pro is actually slightly heavier than the 300GM which definitely caught my attention to buy the 300).

But I do not get the negativity of the 2x with the 600GM. IF the thermal conditions are good, the image quality is
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I shoot about 75% of all my bird photos with the 600 and 2x combination. There's definitely a very slight softening with the two, and the AF is more sluggish, even on static subjects--although I am not sure I'd call most small birds "static" as they jump and move a lot. The A9III's AF solves most of these problems with that combo so I'm really hoping that the A1II shows a similar improvement.

That said, you are 100% right--it's VERY unforgiving to any thermal issues. Much more so than the 600/1.4x combo. That extra big of magnification will show every atmospheric distortion out there. I generally won't even shoot it if the sun is out, not past 2 hours after sunrise or the last two hours before sunset.



May 28, 2024 at 02:01 PM
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p.11 #2 · p.11 #2 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


Diffrent lens, but I definitely noticed more thermal issues at 1,200mm (Sony 200-600 + TC 2x) vs 840mm (Sony 200-600 + TC 1.4x). Up until that point I really only considered did I have enough light to add a TC, and I quickly realized I was going to have to keep a much closer eye on thermal conditions and distance.

I feel like part of it is with 1,200mm of reach you start trying for distant pictures you wouldn't have tried for in the past. Using 1,200mm to fill the frame is much diffrent than using 1,200mm and still making a big crop.



May 28, 2024 at 02:06 PM
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p.11 #3 · p.11 #3 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


white wrote:
I have the 300, 400, 600GM. Bird shooting is just a smaller subset that I use these for.

I fully agree that the 2x is very usable with the 300GM and makes it a great birding walk around lens due to the weight savings. Previously I would go more to my OM1 and 300f4 Pro for a lighter set up. (The 300f4 pro is actually slightly heavier than the 300GM which definitely caught my attention to buy the 300).

But I do not get the negativity of the 2x with the 600GM. IF the thermal conditions are good, the image quality is
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It is not about the IQ. It is about the AF accuracy. I mostly shoot BIF and even if I'm not shooting BIF at a given moment I will be shooting it again within the next 10mins. So I don't like being tied to the 2xTC at 1200mm when so few subject require that focal length. As you say when the conditions are right the IQ is fine.



May 28, 2024 at 06:48 PM
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p.11 #4 · p.11 #4 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
It is not about the IQ. It is about the AF accuracy. I mostly shoot BIF and even if I'm not shooting BIF at a given moment I will be shooting it again within the next 10mins. So I don't like being tied to the 2xTC at 1200mm when so few subject require that focal length. As you say when the conditions are right the IQ is fine.


Not to mention at 1200mm good luck getting them in the viewfinder. BIF are not like shooting pics of elephants




May 28, 2024 at 07:06 PM
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p.11 #5 · p.11 #5 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


Borrowed my friend's lens once again....got to get a copy for myself soon...was trying to wait for my 400GM to sell but I might just buy the 300GM anyways...




  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/4000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/4000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/4000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/4000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/4000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/4000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 02, 2024 at 05:43 AM
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p.11 #6 · p.11 #6 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


Spectacular shooting Geoff...interesting to see the bands. A lot of money is being spent to kill the Columbia River nesting sites (they eat endangered salmon). Out here in the desert of Oregon, they have tried to move nesting to our inland Refuges. I wonder if anyone can read the bands?


Jun 02, 2024 at 07:24 AM
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p.11 #7 · p.11 #7 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Borrowed my friend's lens once again....got to get a copy for myself soon...was trying to wait for my 400GM to sell but I might just buy the 300GM anyways...


Thank you Geoff, sublime images.

K-H.



Jun 02, 2024 at 09:59 AM
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p.11 #8 · p.11 #8 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


ISO160 with TC1.4

Ardea cinerea by Andrew Nik, on Flickr



Jun 03, 2024 at 07:20 AM
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p.11 #9 · p.11 #9 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


Untitled by D.C. 83, on Flickr


Jun 03, 2024 at 09:41 AM
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Anas platyrhynchos by Andrew Nik, on Flickr


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p.11 #11 · p.11 #11 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


My personal copy arrives today. Canít wait. My friend will be thankful I will stop borrowing his


Jun 13, 2024 at 07:29 AM
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p.11 #12 · p.11 #12 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
My personal copy arrives today. Canít wait. My friend will be thankful I will stop borrowing his


It seems a bottle of wine is in order... 😜



Jun 13, 2024 at 08:36 AM
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p.11 #13 · p.11 #13 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


This thing is sharp




  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/800s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/6.3    1/320s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 14, 2024 at 09:23 PM
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p.11 #14 · p.11 #14 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


This lens may end up dethroning my previous two favourite lenses Canon 400DOII and Nikon 500PF.....love it....




  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/2500s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS + 2X Teleconverter lens    600mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    300mm    f/2.8    1/500s    1250 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    300mm    f/2.8    1/500s    800 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    300mm    f/2.8    1/500s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    300mm    f/2.8    1/500s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 15, 2024 at 06:47 AM
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p.11 #15 · p.11 #15 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
This lens may end up dethroning my previous two favourite lenses Canon 400DOII and Nikon 500PF.....love it....


Thank you Geoff, I see why.
Absolutely stunning images.
WOW!

K-H.



Jun 15, 2024 at 09:31 AM
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p.11 #16 · p.11 #16 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
This lens may end up dethroning my previous two favourite lenses Canon 400DOII and Nikon 500PF.....love it....


Better than the 400 DO II? That's pretty amazing. I believe I've seen some of your posts before where you've extolled the virtues of that lens.

I own the 400 DO II. I really like it, but have been looking for a Sony long prime lens that doesn't break the bank like the Sony 400 and 600 do (at least for me). I shoot two systems (R3 with the 400 and the Sony A9 with Sony lenses). I went with Canon (at the time) on top of Sony b/c I could purchase a used long Canon white lens for much cheaper.

Do you find the AF acquisition with the Sony + TC, as well as IQ, up to the standards of the 400? I'm assuming a tough comparison but thought I'd ask.





Jun 15, 2024 at 01:24 PM
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p.11 #17 · p.11 #17 · Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM Image Thread


Goldfinch 300Gm and extender 2X
2024611_Tommy Thompson Park_00184 by Jose Raposo, on Flickr



Jun 15, 2024 at 07:28 PM
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Spatula clypeata by Andrew Nik, on Flickr

Spatula clypeata by Andrew Nik, on Flickr



Jun 17, 2024 at 06:43 AM
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Fast little buggers...In the field next to my house.

A1_01529-Edit by D.C. 83, on Flickr

A1_01533-Edit by D.C. 83, on Flickr

A1_01637-Edit by D.C. 83, on Flickr

A1_01604-Edit by D.C. 83, on Flickr

A1_01518-Edit by D.C. 83, on Flickr



Jun 17, 2024 at 08:14 AM
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Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler by Jose Raposo, on Flickr



Jun 18, 2024 at 06:45 AM
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