Getting Out And Testing The Sony 200-600mm Lens For A While
I went out and gave this lens a little test on Monday when the snow started falling. I didn’t have much time to spend at the bog though so I spent under 45 minutes out there. I was still able to make some photos that I liked in that time. Yesterday I was able to spend about three hours out there to really get a feel for this lens. That extra time showed me a few more of its strengths and its flaws. Here are a few things that I thought about on my walk yesterday.
The Strengths Of The 200-600mm Lens
- Focal range – Having that 200-600mm range is a great thing. You can really do some different compositions with it. For this walk I had the 1.4x teleconverter on the lens giving me a 280-840mm lens.
- Size – This is a highly portable lens. I bought it with the thought of having something that I could be more mobile with. It was not too much to take around the Celery Bog on my walk.
- Panning – This isn’t about the lens as much as it is about the fact that I don’t have a monopod attached to it. Panning with the birds in flight is a breeze with this thing.
- Easy To Zoom – Most of these type of lenses require you to be double jointed to get through the whole zoom ring. With this lens it was super easy to get to each end. I really like how quickly I could adjust. It is touchy, but I would rather have that then traveling too far.
- Zoom Is All Internal – If you have ever had a lens that zooms out of the body then you know how great this is. I loved my Tamron 150-600mm lens. I didn’t like the fact that it extended when I zoomed out. You just increase the chance of dust and other elements getting into the lens this way.
Things That Could Improve
- No Monopod – This is a point that shows up on both sides. For birds in flight and walking through narrow places on the game trails I loved not having the monopod. Making the photo at the top of the post though I had to have my camera up and in place for a while waiting for the birds to call. After a while the thing starts to get heavy. Holding a feather up for too long can be too much. At times I wish that I had a monopod with me.
- No Locks – Being on my side I found that while I walked I was changing all kinds of settings. At times I would have loved to have a zoom lock. The ease at which it zooms can do some harm when you are supporting the lens and you catch just a little bit of the zoom ring. The lens just rolls over with the pressure.
- Aperture – I knew this when I bought the lens. Yesterday for most of the day I had plenty of light to photograph at f/9. That is the highest aperture I could get with the 1.4x tele on the lens. I had no problems with the autofocus though. I would love to see how this thing would handle the doubler on it. If it could focus properly it would be a beast in good light.
This was far from a complete test. The positives far outweighs the negatives. When I am looking for owls or eagles in my car this lens will be amazing. I found three negatives to write about, but they are small complaints. This is one lens that I have no remorse for buying.