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Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: February 14, 2021 12:07PM
The Nikon 200-500 5.6 is a nice lens, the Tamron 160-600mm has been been a good lens.

What attracts me to this lens you ask? Despite costing $1800 (competitors are $1200-1400) is the fact that the lens is an internal zoom. This means the length of the lens never changes unlike the Nikon or Tamron. There is not as much of a weight shift when the front element extends forward. "OK pRICE cUBE, you can't handle a little weight shift to take an itty bitty picture?" Sure, I can, but over the course of an entire soccer game, this can get affect framing and get really annoying. Now I question whether I want to buy this lens and Sony body. Just a fun lens crush for now.




Nikon 200-500 at the 200mm setting


Nikon 200-500 at the 500mm setting


More big zooms lenses that extend.




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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/14/2021 12:14PM by pRICE cUBE.
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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 14, 2021 12:18PM




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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: Buzz
Date: February 14, 2021 02:17PM
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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: vision63
Date: February 14, 2021 03:11PM
If you get a Sony body, then the choice is made. On the Nikon platform, I'd stick with the Tamron G2 action since it's easy to update the firmware and adjust it. The Sony lens would get the nod for the reasons you mention out of all three of them.

A Nikon NIKKOR Z 200-600mm Zoom Lens is on the roadmap. When it drops, it'll kick all of their butts. However, it'll cost a fortune.
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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: February 14, 2021 03:21PM
This reminds me that I was going to look into a 2x converter for my 300mm and 80-200mm f-mount.
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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: February 14, 2021 04:12PM
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vision63
If you get a Sony body, then the choice is made. On the Nikon platform, I'd stick with the Tamron G2 action since it's easy to update the firmware and adjust it. The Sony lens would get the nod for the reasons you mention out of all three of them.

A Nikon NIKKOR Z 200-600mm Zoom Lens is on the roadmap. When it drops, it'll kick all of their butts. However, it'll cost a fortune.



This doesn't definitively mean a divorce, just a thing on the side. jest smiley

Nikon and Sony zoom the same direction. If this were a Canon lens, it would be a no go.



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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: AllGold
Date: February 14, 2021 06:03PM
A Nikon 200-400/4 is about the same price used as the Sony. Obviously, it stops at 400 but at f/4, it's more useful in available darkness.



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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: February 14, 2021 08:44PM
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AllGold
A Nikon 200-400/4 is about the same price used as the Sony. Obviously, it stops at 400 but at f/4, it's more useful in available darkness.


Yes, the 200-400 is interesting. I feel like daytime soccer and lacrosse is best covered by the 200-600mm range. I used the 1.4x teleconverter with the 200-400 and it slow down the AF speed. I have no idea how it compares to the Sony 200-600 focus speed.



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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: February 15, 2021 08:19AM
While the Sony 200-600 isn't a f/4 lens, the ISO capabilities of the Sony may negate some of the need for the lens to be faster.
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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: Gareth
Date: February 15, 2021 01:42PM
The downside of the internal zoom, is that the 200-600mm is gigantic, which is mildly annoying for me as I try to fit it into a backpack for hiking. It also supposedly has an AF bug with certain bodies, sometimes... Thankfully, I haven't experienced that so I haven't read up on it too much, but I also haven't had as much opportunity to get out and use the lens this past year.
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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: February 15, 2021 05:15PM
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Gareth
The downside of the internal zoom, is that the 200-600mm is gigantic, which is mildly annoying for me as I try to fit it into a backpack for hiking. It also supposedly has an AF bug with certain bodies, sometimes... Thankfully, I haven't experienced that so I haven't read up on it too much, but I also haven't had as much opportunity to get out and use the lens this past year.

Hod up, you have this lens? Can you elaborate on what you posted above? What body do you use?



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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: Billybob
Date: February 15, 2021 06:49PM
It seems to work extremely well and a9 bodies, a7III and, I believe, a7rIII. Some have reported problems with sharp AF on the A7rIV, and Mark Galer recently raised questions about its focus on small birds in flight with the forthcoming A1.

I've used it with the A7rIV. Whereas, I'm not in love with my results at 600mm and fast-moving birdies, they are no worst than any other long lens I've used for that purpose (e.g., Nikon 200-500mm). Images sharpen up nicely with Topaz Sharpen AI as long as focus is "close".

I couldn't post individual images-- probably too big-- so I posted a link to the gallery below. Most are taken at 600mm (it's sharpest at 400mm and lower, but is at least as sharp as the Nikon 200-500mm).

A7RIV-200-600mm



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Re: Seem to have a crush on this Sony 200-600mm zoom lens
Posted by: Gareth
Date: February 15, 2021 09:10PM
I used mine with an A9 the first couple times I took it out. Recently took it out with the A7R IV, but it wasn't good birding that day, so I only took a few shots and haven't looked at them yet. And I haven't had the opportunity to really test it with birds in flight yet.
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