6 to 6.3 g oss. It is only for sony’s e mount mirrorless cameras, full frame or aps c, and it costs 2. 000. Us dollars or 1 600 pounds here in the uk, so it’s definitely not cheap, especially considering you can get decent quality. Third party 150 600 millimeter lenses for much less money, but for an official sony lens of this size and focal length it’s a reasonable price, and it also seems to have garnered some very good reviews out there on the information superhighway. So i couldn’t wait to test it out i’d, like to thank my friend simon, for learning me this little monster from his lens collection for a couple of weeks for testing. Thank you. Brother sony are currently the only company who won’t loan me lenses for review, so that’s. Why i’m, a little behind on their latest releases, a zoom range of 200 to 600 millimeter, is of course a long. Telephoto reach the whole way and the slightly dark maximum aperture of f 5.6 to 6.3 means that this lens can be relatively portable, so it’s extremely useful for wildlife photography or for taking on safari it’s, particularly useful to zoom out to 200 millimeter. To look around for your subject and then zoom into it when one shows up, it could also be used for sports photography too, but only on a day when there’s plenty of light for you, because of that narrow maximum aperture, not really uh letting in much light Or giving you very autofocus backgrounds, 600 millimeter is particularly useful for bird photography too.
This particular lens supports excellent, build quality. The lenses barrel is solid and metallic long and thin, and while its weight of just over two kilograms or nearly five pounds, is considerable. It’S still relatively easy to hand hold and carry the lens around with you, it’s, based on a metal lens, mount with weather, sealing and there’s room in there to use sony’s 1.4 times and two times teleconverters two which are sold separately. The lens has its own image. Stabilization system, which is particularly important as your camera’s internal stabilization won’t, be very effective at long focal lengths here is some footage with stabilization turned off and now turned on and, as you can see, it helps quite a lot, although at 600 millimeter your footage certainly won’t Be stable enough for handheld video work if that’s, what you are hoping for. The lens features: a lot of controls on the side for focus and image stabilization, so that, thankfully, you don’t have to keep digging through the camera’s menu system to change anything. It also comes with an adjustable and removable tripod mount, although i did find it to be slightly wobbly then comes a rubberized focus ring, it turns extremely smoothly and it adjusts your focus very responsively. As you can see here, the lens does not really suffer from focus. Breathing your field of view will stay the same, whether you’re zoomed in or zoomed out, the lenses auto focus motor is nice and quick and pretty accurate in use.
I had no problems with this lenses autofocus system at all on my a7r iii. Camera next comes the lenses zoom ring, which turns very smoothly without any stickiness to it. Something nice to see is this lenses internal zoom mechanism, 150 600 millimeter lenses from third parties extend and contract as you zoom in and out making them more likely to collect dust within their optics. The lens’s filter thread size is 95 millimeters wide, so filters will obviously cost a little money and it comes with a fairly deep lens hood. Overall, we are dealing with awesome, build quality here, the only slight niggles that i could find with a slightly wobbly tripod mount and also i wish the image stabilization were just a little more steady. I found it to be a little better in canon’s, 600 millimeter and 800 millimeter f11 lenses, but let’s move on and look at image quality. Now we will start with a full frame camera. My 42 megapixel sony, a7r iii in camera. Corrections are turned on for these tests at 200, millimeter and f 5.6. We see just good sharpness in the middle of the image. Contrast is a little low due to some slight ghosting the corner image. Quality is just slightly softer, but still sharp enough for most users. Stop down to f8 and the corners are a bit punchier and back in the middle. We now see excellent image. Quality emerging f11 looks the same across the image frame and f16 begins to soften just a little bit from the effect of diffraction let’s zoom in to 400 millimeter.
Now the maximum aperture has darkened down to f 6.3. At this point, the middle of the image looks very good here, with good contrast, although sharpness is still shying away from perfection. The good news, though, is that the corners look just as good. They almost look sharper than the middle, in fact stop down to f8 and those corners become almost perfect, and the middle of the image looks absolutely brilliant too. So again, the lens is very sharp at the brightest aperture and excellent once topped down just a little. Finally, let’s zoom all the way into 600 millimeter it’s, more or less the same story here. The middle of the image is very sharp, although not perfectly so, and contrast is just good. The corner image quality is just a little softer, but still quite satisfactory. For a 42 megapixel camera stop down to f8 and those corners look a little punchier and back in the middle. The image is excellent. Now very sharp, with very good contrast, stop down to f11 and image quality remains the same, so this lens is clearly a very consistent performer, always nice and sharp at its brightest aperture and brilliantly sharp when stopped down just a little. You really can’t ask for much more than that from a lens of this kind, although i should warn you that this 42 megapixel camera sensor is brushing up against the lenses limit. I don’t think you’ll get any more detail than this from a higher resolution.
Camera. Alright let’s quickly test it on an aps c: camera too my little sony a5100, with its 24 megapixel aps c sized sensor, we’ll start at 200 millimeter. Do you remember that 200 millimeter was a bit weaker on the full frame camera? Well, the more demanding aps c sensor exposes that weakness. A little more and your image looks a bit soft at f, 5.6 in the middle, but it’s no worse than the corners, though thankfully stop down to f8 for a nice improvement in those corners which now look reasonably sharp and the middle of the image looks very Good now, here’s f11, where you can see just a slight softening from the effects of diffraction which kick in a little early on a smaller camera sensor, let’s go to the other extreme and look at 600 millimeter at f 6.3. The image quality on aps c actually holds out fairly well, thankfully, looking sharper than at the widest angle corner image. Quality is very good too, so that’s actually really impressive. Normally super telephoto lenses do not perform well at all. On aps, c cameras stop down to f8 and those corners brighten up a little and picture quality back in the middle is very slightly sharper again stop down to f11 and everything still looks fairly decent. So, overall, on an aps c, camera you’re getting some very impressive results here, as you zoom in this is a great show actually just remember when shooting at wider angles, you will want to stop down the aperture a bit just for best results.
All right, let’s turn off in camera corrections and take a look at distortion and vignetting at 200 millimeter, the lens projects, a notable pin, cushion distortion, although vignetting is quite low here, stop down to f8 and those corners get brighter as you zoom all the way into 600 millimeter that pin cushion distortion remains, although vignetting does get more noticeable at f, 6.3, again stop down to f 8 and those corners brighten up this lenses. Minimum focus distance is 2.4 meters that sounds pretty far away, but when shooting at 600 millimeter you’re still able to get very close to your subject here at f, 6.3 close up sharpness remains quite good, but contrast is still a little low stop down to f8 and That close up image quality becomes noticeably sharper. Let’S see how well the lens works against bright lights now at wide angles. There are very few issues. Little in the way of flaring or glaring or loss of contrast. Zoom in and bright lights still will only cause an issue when directly in your image or right on the edge. So generally, the lens is grasping hold of its contrast very well and finally, bokeh. This lens might have only quite a dark maximum aperture, but when working at such extreme telephoto ranges it’s still quite easy to get out of focus backgrounds, and there are really no problems here with those at all. Those backgrounds look lovely and soft, even the more difficult ones.
Overall, the sony, fe 200 600 millimeter lens is one that any wildlife photographer would be delighted to have in their arsenal. It’S sharp with high build quality and good weather sealing. It produces consistently excellent images. Although you’ll still want to shoot at quite high iso levels with it and what’s, more it’s, relatively portable it’s, a bit sharper and classier overall than its 150 to 600 millimeter competitors from taman and sigma, although it does cost more too, but the hype behind it seems Pretty justified, as it is a delightful lens, so it comes highly recommended hey. So what you doing? Are you gon na move on and watch another youtube? Video now before you do check out my patreon page. The link is in the description below you can support the channel over there to help me keep these reviews coming and there’s a bunch of exclusive content for supporters over there too, including special exclusive monthly videos ciao.