Sony 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens review

   In June 2019, Sony officially released two super telephoto lenses, one is the G master lens FE 600mm F4 GM OSS, and the other is the G lens FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS. We have done a review of the 600mm prime lens before. This is a lens product for professional photographers. It has excellent imaging quality and the price is more than 100,000 yuan. In comparison, the G lens FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS, priced at 14,500 yuan and moderate in size, is a super telephoto lens for ordinary photographers.

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  G lens FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS parameters

   lens focal length: 200-600mm

  Lens structure: 17 groups, 24 elements

  Maximum aperture: F5.6-6.3

  Aperture blade:  11

   Closest focusing distance: about 2.4m

  Maximum magnification: about 0.2 times

  Filter diameter: 95mm

  Lens size: about 111.5x318mm

  Lens quality: about 2115g

Sony 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens review

  The volume and weight are well controlled

   The lens body size of this lens is about 111.5x318mm, the filter diameter is 95mm, and the weight is 2115g. For a super telephoto lens, the size and weight are controlled very well, and it will not be given to the user when going out and shooting. Cause too much burden. As a high-grade lens, the workmanship of the FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS is naturally satisfactory. The metal lens body has a delicate white coating, which is a pleasure to hold in your hand.

Installed on the compact Sony A9, this lens is also It's not obtrusive.Mounted on the compact Sony A9, this lens is not obtrusive. The handheld image reflects the size of this lens more intuitivelyThe handheld image is more intuitive Reflects the size of this lensFE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens diagramFE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens diagram Focus ring zoom ringFocus ring zoom ring

  FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS focus ring and zoom ring are wide and easy to operate, and the operation is very comfortable. The linear FM focus ring makes manual focusing more precise and sensitive. This lens uses an internal zoom design, which has a certain degree of dust and moisture resistance. The lighter and shorter zoom ring torque can achieve fast zoom operation.

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  Except for the conventional In addition to AF/MF switching, focus range selection, and optical image stabilization switch, this lens also provides an optical image stabilization mode selection button. MODE 1 is suitable for shooting stationary objects, MODE 2 is suitable for shooting horizontally moving objects, such as racing cars, athletes, etc., MODE 3 is an irregular tracking mode, suitable for shooting wild animals and other subjects.

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  Excellent resolution performance

  FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS adopts a lens structure of 17 groups and 24 elements, with five ultra-low dispersion lenses and one Non-comprehensive lenses, whether in the center area or the edge of the picture, the resolution performance is very good.

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   The photo above was taken with the 600mm telephoto end of this lens. You can see that the eyes and eyelashes of the giraffe in the center of the frame, as well as the mane on the neck at the edge of the frame, are very clear. Let’s take a look at the resolution performance of this lens at the wide-angle end and the telephoto end in different gear apertures.

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   First use the 200mm wide-angle end to shoot, zoom in 100% of the details in the center and edges of the screen, center Regional location, the best performance under F8 aperture, F5.6, F6.3, F11 aperture performance is remarkable. The image quality began to decline at F16 and F22 apertures, but overall it was still good. On the edge area, the performance is best under the two apertures of F8 and F11. In other apertures, although it is not as good as the performance under F8 and F11 apertures, it is already very good.

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   At the 600mm telephoto end, use various apertures to shoot, at F22 aperture, no matter Both the center area and the edge of the screen have a significant decrease in resolution, and the performance under other apertures is excellent.

Introduction to   focusing system

  This lens is equipped with a DDSSM focusing system, which provides the power and precision required to drive the focusing lens group, which can achieve fast and accurate focusing. The focusing system can achieve quiet operation and avoid unnecessary noise that may interfere with the subject’s activities, such as resting birds or wild animals.

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   from In terms of the author’s actual feeling, Sony’s flagship Mirrorless A9 works with this lens, and its performance in focusing can be described as stable and accurate. To shoot lively animals in the zoo, turn on the A9’s high-speed continuous shooting mode, the camera’s high-speed focus system and the focus system of this lens perfectly match, wonderful moments can also be easily recorded.

  Real shot samples

  All the samples below are taken by Sony’s full-frame flagship A9+FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS at Guangzhou Changlong Zoo. No tripod or monopod is used for handheld shooting.

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   in super far Among the camera cannons, the FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens is well controlled in terms of size and weight. Counting the total weight of the Sony A9 fuselage equipment is more than five kilograms, although it is not light, it is within a tolerable range, and there is no problem with the powerful anti-shake system for handheld shooting. Of course, for long-term shooting, a tripod or monopod is a wise move.

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   When shooting relatively still animals, I set the anti-shake mode of the lens to MODE 1 mode. When shooting some lively animals, set it to MODE 3 mode. Fast focusing and powerful anti-shake function ensure the success rate of shooting.

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   This lens has extremely high optical quality. The high resolution allows the hair on animals to be clearly visible, of course. Also benefited from the high performance of the Sony A9 body. The color performance is gorgeous and true, and the transition between similar colors is naturally layered. The 11 aperture blades bring a soft and natural out-of-focus blur effect.

  Summary:

   In recent years, Sony has spared no effort in lens construction, especially the G master and G-class lens that represent its own strength. The focal length range of this lens is 200-600mm, which is especially suitable for shooting sports, wildlife and other subjects. With the original teleconverter, the focal length can be extended to 1200mm. From 400mm fixed focus to 600mm fixed focus, and then to the current 200-600mm zoom, it is not difficult to see Sony’s “ambition” in the professional field.

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   Compared with the “600 fixed focus” released at the same time, this FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS is geared towards a wider audience. Photographers are more close to the people in terms of weight, size and price. The current price of this new lens on Sony’s official website is 14,500 yuan, which is a bit higher compared to the same type of lens on the market, but it is still acceptable considering the overall quality of this lens.

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