FE 200-600mm

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Details and early sample shots: https://www.talkemount.com/threads/sony-fe-200-600.19284/page-2

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I used Tracking - Zone and the second shot is one of a burst in which the focus landed on the Cockatoo's wings rather than beak or eye. Galer reckons it preferences central and closest but it wasn't hitting the closest here.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a large and raucous Australian parrot.

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Pacific Black Ducks - Australia.

The wing flashes are iridescent and change colour according to the angle of the light falling on them.

Lens at 600mm, f 6.3, ISO 2500, 1/3000s.

1st image is cropped to about 2/3rds of the whole, the 2nd about 4/5ths.

I'm starting to get a feel for the lens and am pleased with these captures. It was on Tracking: Zone. I think I'll set the aperture default to f8.

My editor doesn't have a module for it and my impression now is that it isn't as sharp as my 100-400 & 1.4 TC, both racked out. But birds in full sun are a better test and it's winter in my mountain town darnit. Why can't it snow just at night?! :rolleyes:

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Galer reckons Tracking: Wide will preference what's closest and central.

This used Tracking: Zone and it locked on central (the neck) but not closest - which in this case was the right thing.

Laughing Kookaburra - Australia

Close crops leave me cold - all sugar hit, no meal.

It was needed here to get rid of a distraction that my editor couldn't cope with.

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Maestro Duck is having trouble getting attention ...

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Technically not brilliant but it captures a moment ...

New Holland Honeyeater. This little guy comes by most evenings and calls from this high point. Small bird, big voice.

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The 1.4 TC added for the first time. Not a bad result. Call it a consumer grade lens.

This is fully racked out, so 840mm. Handling is pretty good; it was possible to kneel for half an hour and handhold shoot these - Black Swan and cygnets.

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The raw file displayed on my 3200x1900 monitor looks pretty good. However, once it's cropped and downsized for web posting say at 600 KB it ends up looking pretty ordinary.

My editor doesn't have a corrections module for the A9 and this lens but I'm not sure whether one would improve image crispness. What does the brains trust think?

This is with the lens at 362mm and no TC.

Great Cormorant flying into the early sun. The white spots on the belly are water droplets.

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My conclusion -

I very much wanted to have the 840mm focal length but the results don't impress me.

Without the TC the max focal length is much the same as the 100-400mm and 1.4 TC. The IQ isn't quite as good as that*, it's c. 500g heavier and is bulkier, the middle focal range isn't really usable (who can reliably distinguish between 9m and 11m?), but it does have another half a stop.

So I don't see a compelling reason to keep it.

PS It's now sold.
The only half-affordable high quality supertele I can see as available is the Nikkor 500mm PF to go on my D500. Hey ho.
The new Sony 400mm and 600mm primes look great but are 18 grand and 3 kg o_O

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* referring to my copies. Other users report a different experience.
 
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Details and early sample shots: https://www.talkemount.com/threads/sony-fe-200-600.19284/page-2

Some more shots ....
I used Tracking - Zone and the second shot is one of a burst in which the focus landed on the Cockatoo's wings rather than beak or eye. Galer reckons it preferences central and closest but it wasn't hitting the closest here.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a large and raucous Australian parrot.

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I always wondered what the Holy Spirit looks like in Australia. These are great shots.
 

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