This is the first impression report by Dutch wildlife shooter Gustav Kiburg:
This is not a test, but my impression and feeling about the new 200-600 G of SONY:
First, the look of the lens is very nice, very good build, also the hood is very strong. But the most important thing is how it acts in the field.
I am a wildlife photographer, and SONY-ambassador this is the lens we were waiting for, because a lot of time the 100-400 is not enough. I am not making a comparison between this lens and the 100-400 GM, I only looked on how it performs in real world:
The lens is pretty fast, and sharp. I don’t say that it as fast and sharp as the 100-400, but it comes close, very close. Personally I think you cannot compare them, because its 400 at the end, against 600mm at the end. But the sharpness and the speed is very good.
I also used the 1.4 TC, to see if there is a big loss of detail, but there is not as you can see from the image samples. When using the teleconverter you can sustain the autofocus speed, by using the right focus-limiter: You have FULL , 2.4 till 10 METER , and from 10 till infinite. If you chose the right focus limiter, it helps enough to get the bird fast enough in focus.
Ii like the internal zoom. For me, this lens is a must have: Specially for wildlife, in hides, or outdoor sports, its is a great lens and it cost around 2100 euro.
To be clear: I got this lens as a loan from Sony, and I have to give it back. I don’t get paid by Sony either. This is my honest first impression to help people if they want to buy this lens,
Here are the images shot with the 200-600mm G lens. Please download this ZIP file to see the full size versions!
Here are the images shot with the 200-600mm G lens and 1.4x teleconverter. Please download this ZIP file to see the full size versions!
All images are under copyright from Gustav Kiburg and cannot be reposted without his permission!
Sony 200-600mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, BuyDig and Adorama.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, BuyDig and Adorama.
Sony 200-600mm FE at Calumet DE. WexUK. ParkCameras. Calumet NL. Cameratools NL.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Calumet DE. WexUK. ParkCameras. Calumet NL. Cameratools NL.
Sony 200-600mm FE at Sony Japan. Sony Australia.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Sony Japan. Sony Australia.