Best Sony lenses for Sports and Nature Photography? (47 min)


this is Patrick Murphy-RACEY I’m a Sony
artisan I’ve been wanting to make this video for a very long time but I had to
wait for this one and this one to come into existence first the purpose of the
video is to talk about the very best lenses that Sony makes and which ones
are the best for what you might want to do with it and this would include both
sports and nature photography although the the nature photography stuff is at
this end of the counter the first lens I’m going to talk about might surprise
some of you it’s the least expensive lens out here it only costs five hundred
and ninety eight dollars it’s the 85 f/1.8 lens even
though it’s very inexpensive lens it does have a focus hold button on it and
the af/mf switch which is cool but it’s kind of a little bit of an unsung hero
in my opinion it’s a very very sharp lens it’s extremely fast some friends of
mine that shoot sports with both the 85 G and the 85 GM will say that this one’s
much faster autofocus I haven’t really found that but it’s plenty sharp is it
as sharp as the 85 one for G master no but are you gonna be able to tell the
difference some of you will some of you won’t probably most of you wouldn’t so
this is a great lens now what’s it good for
I’ve kind of made a list of stuff here it’s great for basketball volleyball
wrestling judo karate gymnastics portraits boxing this is a fantastic
lens because it’s reasonably priced it’s extremely fast it lets in a lot of light
1.8 is actually a third of a shot faster than f/2 so if you’re comparing this to
the kit lens that typically come with the cameras
those are like four five to five six lenses and so you go five six for 2.8
f/2 and then one point eight which is a third of a stop so you’re talking about
four and a third stops faster then the little zoom that comes with your camera
so the 85 one eight for those of they’re shooting like the a 7-3 even the
a7r to a seven to the original a seven and especially the crop bodies because
the on the crop body this is a one thirty-five millimeter one point eight
which is a fantastic lens to do sports with so just don’t count this one out
but I love this lens a lot it’s really lightweight its small compact fits in
like a lot of bags and stuff and if you can use it all day long like at a
gymnastics tournament or something like that it’s it’s really nice so you don’t
have to spend thousands of dollars to get really sharp great results from
shooting sports with a sony body the next one is one of my favorites this is
the 85 1.4 g master lens it differs greatly from the 85 1:8 in a lot of ways
for one thing there’s only nine blades and the diaphragm in the aperture
diaphragm and this there’s 11 in this one so your bokeh or your your
out-of-focus kind of look is going to be greatly improved it’s going more organic
here where this is gonna be a little more busy a little more disturbing
background if you will if you don’t know I’m talking about don’t worry about it
but this one is is primo the the 85 one for G master has 1 XA element which
means extreme aspheric it’s a very very expensive chunk of glass there’s also
three additional IDI glasses so low dispersion glass inside this lens is
nano coated so that the there’s very very rare chance for you to have
reflections happening in between the elements of glass that are inside this
lens this lens is not nano coated so again big difference in price but also
big difference in quality and features this has the linear AF motor it also has
a focus hold button and for those of you shooting video it also has this little
cool switch here which is you can D click your aperture ring so you can have
this be completely fluid and slow it’s very nice if you’re a video shooter if
you’re doing a lot of video work I would not wreck
5:1 AG it’s the autofocus is very quick but it’s also kind of herky-jerky
it’s killer for stills but not as good for video this one’s awesome for video
and last year but not least this the 85g master has really really good ceiling
for weather resistance so if you get caught out in the rain or it’s very
moist or you’re working in a pool something like that was swimming this
lens is going to kind of do a little bit better for you this is a 77 millimeter
filter this is a 67 so again everything about this lens a smaller lighter more
compact less expensive this one’s $5.99 this one is 1798 the
next I’m going to talk about is one of the most recent ones that I own and it’s
the 135g master people are absolutely raving about this lens this lens is a
phenomenally sharp lens it’s super super fast autofocus it is a deadly tool in a
sports photographers hands this lens has the ability to in almost no light to
track accurately not just an athlete in action but also do full-on real-time
tracking where even the keeping eyes sharpen and things like that it’s a
phenomenal lens it’s heavy it’s big its bulky it also has the D click so this is
going to be a really good one for videographers that want to have a really
really beautiful bokeh background like this is a great interview lens if you’ve
got room to back up this will turn any nasty gross library background into a
beautiful watercolor just by put it in front of the camera the 135 1/8 is is
purported to be one of the sharpest lenses ever made in a full-frame 35
millimeter this is according to lens rentals comm our buddy Roger over there
crazy doctor guy but he really knows his stuff about optics I just can’t say
enough good things about this this this lens it’s a lot of money this one is
1898 dollars but it has an extreme a spherical element in it it has a super
low dispersion glass and then multiple IDI elements focus hold button
it’s nano coated and all these lenses have what’s called a fluorine coating on
the front element which resists kind of fingerprints and scratches it’s kind of
like your your iPad or your iPhone screen how they resist scratching that’s
what the fluorine kind of element of the coating does it’s it’s really useful it
has an 11 blade a diaphragm just like the 85 one 4G master and it has what’s
called an XD linear AF motor which is mighty fast this is a linear tracking
motor it’s going back and forth in a straight line instead of going in a
helicoid motion like all the old legacy lenses with Canon and Nikon and so and
so forth so this is going to be a super accurate fast blazing fast ultra sharp
lens if I’m honest it’s probably one of these sharpest lenses up here including
all these big boys over here so the 135 is a phenomenal lens really really nice
okay moving on we’re going to go to a kind of another group of lenses which
are these here these lenses are going to be useful this is a 7200 – 8 g master
the 100 to 400 G master I’m putting these two to get out of together this is
good for full court basketball volleyball wrestling judo karate boxing
gymnastics it’s great for portraits it’s great for kids t-ball touch football
with little kids peewee soccer peewee baseball it’s very versatile zooms by
that by just their nature are wonderful because you can go from seventy
millimeter to you know 200 millimeter just in a flick of a of your fingers you
can follow action really well with it this lens has what’s called an FLE
element in it where it’s got a floating element of glass that’s controlled by a
second motor so that no matter where you’re focused the
lenz is automatically realigning the rear elements of glass
wherever the front landed to give perfect edge to edge sharpness it’s a
really phenomenal thing and virtually all these lenses have this and it allows
these lenses to focus much closer than their counterparts and the legacy brands
so the 70-200 is kind of like the basic this is your meat and potatoes lens for
summer that says you know I really want to shoot sports what do I get this is
what you get because it lets you shoot so many different things so this lens
has an XA element to a spheric elements and four elements of glass that are
super IDI it has the eleven bladed rounded diaphragm for bokeh it has
optical steadyshot built in these do not have that so if you put this on on a
camera that doesn’t have built in in in embody image stabilization you’re gonna
be jerking around this one is going to settle things down and allow you to do
great video work nano coated fluorine coating on the front element it’s
weather sealed it’s a very very nice lens it has three focus hole buttons
removable tripod ring this is kind of borrowed from a Nikon it’s a really nice
feature where you can if you don’t want to have this thing on there you can just
do this quick release thing and it just comes off it’s really a really beautiful
way to that’s awesome I love that feature
you don’t almost want that on there it’s gonna be it gets in the way sometimes
and just a few more things there’s the access window which is kind of cool if
you’re a nature photographer this would be very important for you you can just
open this little window and you can adjust your polarizing filter in many
legacy brand lenses like this you have to take the lens shade off completely
put your polarizing filter on and then turn it to where you want and then tape
make a filter out of tape because the the the lens shade won’t fit back on
there again because of the thickness and the width of the filters so this is a
kind of nice feature it’s really really cool and let’s see what else yes this is the
first lens in the Sony lineup that will accept both the 1.4 and the 2x
teleconverter so I use this lens a ton with a 1/4 convertor attached which
gives me 100 to 300 millimeter f/4 and this is a killer ii lens for me for
football for on goal it lets me shoot basketball full court I
can do so many things with it it’s just a really versatile lens so the ability
to use teleconverters is crucial because this can also become a 140 to 400
millimeter 5.6 zoom and you get to keep all the features like real-time tracking
I say shal reficul recognition autofocus all that stuff is
going to still work so it’s pretty cool this lens is 2598
and it’s a phenomenal lens now what I’m gonna do next is I’m gonna kind of group
these away because now we’re going to move into something lost because what
we’re doing is now we’re leaving the 200 millimeter focal length this next lens
is the 100 400 millimeter G master lens now this lens all of a sudden can get
you truly covering field sports field sports take up an enormous amount of
room especially soccer so soccer field is much larger than a football field
people often know that hockey so you can do baseball and you can actually shoot
the outfielders in baseball and softball lacrosse field hockey track and field
that’s great for golf it’s amazing auto racing it’s nice and light you can carry
it all day and at the track and not not kill yourself it’s a great air-to-air
lens doing aviation photography and there’s some use for this for like Astro
photography if you’re shooting the moon wildlife photography this is one of the
kind of the first entry level lenses where you can go to the zoo and really
make some beautiful images of animals with with animal IAF now and a lot of
our cameras so just on the gobbly gook on the 100 to 400 zoom there are there’s
one super low dispersion element there’s two low dispersion elements fluorine
coating on the front element nanocoatings throughout the FLE system
so it’s gonna have the two out-of-focus motors the rear one realigning the rear
element to wherever you focus the front to whether ceiling direct-drive AF
linear motor which is dang fast this is a super fast autofocus lens it’s amazing
there’s something called a zoom tension adjuster which is kind of cool if you
are working on a tripod and you’re trying to do something here what will
happen is the gravity will kind of cause the lens to drop and so you can actually
change this tension and make it tight now it won’t come down so it’s a nice
it’s a nice feature especially if you do a lot of macro work working on flowers
and most in the legacy brands you’ve never think about using a 100 to 400
soon as a macro lens but with a little extension tube but this can becomes a
really really versatile lens you can just shoot flowers and even bugs and
stuff it’s kind of cool okay let’s see there are three different autofocus hold
buttons just like on the 70 209 bladed diaphragm now you might say why isn’t
there 11 there’s 11 on all these others but this is only 9 I think part of the
reason is it’s just a slower lens at 5.6 you’re not going to have that beautiful
blow out bokeh that you’re gonna have with a 400 to 8 or even a 600 you know
6.3 so I don’t think they felt the need to put 11 blades in there I don’t think
it would make that much difference let’s see
of course the 1/4 and the 2x teleconverter will also work on this and
you’d be shocked at how good this lens is with a 1/4 converter attached which
makes it now on f/8 lens indoors I shot indoor track in New York
City and was just blown away with the a9 at
how well it would track and give me IAF and an indoor track meet is quite
amazing this one does have optical steadyshot built-in so again if you’re
using a camera without ibis it will it will give you steady look and this is
twenty four hundred ninety eight dollars so twenty five hundred bucks basically
there’s one quick story I’m going to tell about this lens in particular I the
first time I got this lens I went to a Clemson football game and it was during
the season that they won the national championship is kind of cool and I
brought with me a canon five hundred millimeter f4 lens with a MC 11 adapter
and so I had the choice of using either this lens or the five hundred millimeter
at four lens that Canon made because none of these were made yet and I got
over there and I was messing around pregame just shooting players and just
you know doing reps and stuff as they were practicing before the game and I
realized that I had a decision to make and the decision was do I go for the
gorgeous blowout out of focus background that a five hundred under f4 would give
me or do I want to have every stinkin thing sharp that I point the camera at
and I left the 504 in the bag and this is kind of a transitional moment for me
as a Sony photographer because I I realized that even the lenses that I was
typically used to using even though this was this is much slower than I preferred
it was still better he’s shooting with less light than it was using a fast lens
made by somebody else and so I just I nicknamed this lens the street sweeper
at that game because when I was editing the images afterwards I could not
believe that I had not missed hardly anything I mean I was on every play I
was just you know with the a9 in particular at 20 frames a second it just
blows your mind what your takes look like and so it was hard for me because I
liked the big glass of at home big glass for 30 years and you don’t
want to go to a game with just this thing because it doesn’t make you look
like a real photographer but I used this until these other words were made
because it was just so good the lens was so sharp and it was so fast and it works
so well with the a9 at 20 frames it was a really neat neat thing so yep the
street sweet burger the next lens I’m going to talk about just came out with
the 600 GM on the same day about three weeks ago this was a real surprise I did
not think Sony would make this focal length so soon I thought they’d make
straight Prime’s before this I’m really glad because this lens these lenses are
not going to be purchased by very many people very few people are gonna be able
to justify the cost of these this one however is easily justifiable I think by
many people that are very serious about photography whether their nature
shooters or sports photographers so pretty excited about this lens first of
all the 150 to 600 millimeter focal length is hot it’s a very very great
it’s a great focal length range and both Tamron and Sigma have been exploiting
this they’ve had those lenses for a long long time they’re very good but they’re
not sealed like this one so this lens when you zoom it you can see what’s
happening there’s like this whole section of the lens is moving out
this lens is entirely internal focused and internal zoom so when you zoom this
lens there’s nothing happening on the outside the lens is not changing its
shape or its length or its size at all having a lens that’s completely sealed
is really really good because it will avoid dust coming in over time which it
just does and it’s going to be give way better wettest weather sealing so you
know this lens in particular is going to be a fantastic wildlife lens especially
if you’re walking and shooting wildlife if you’re in the back of a jeep and a
safari in Africa you know you can you know do well with just buy anything
because I’ll get you right up in the animals but if you’re actually walking
around the wood or in the mountains and you’re trying to
shoot animals and their natural habitat and you’re having to hike in and hike
out this is a phenomenal value at 2000 bucks its 1998 dollars there’s one thing
I want to point out it’s not exactly a pain point but it’s something that you
just need to be aware of this is a 200 to 600 millimeter lens the aperture
ranges from five point six to six point three the first question I had when I
went when it was announced is when does it switch like how long does it stay at
five point six and the answer is right around 325 millimeter so from 200
millimeter to about 325 millimeter it’s a five six lens
once you hit about 325 it goes to six point three and stays there all the way
to 600 so some hardcore sports photographers will consider this lens to
be in fact a 300 to 600 six point three zoom and and it is but to get the added
range is just a benefit but to get the weather sealing to get the detachable
hood to get this form factor a 95 millimeter filter you can actually put
filters in this lens which you really it’s very difficult to do with these
because you have to use drop ins you can front filter this thing very easily this
lens is 1998 dollars and I tell you my prediction is that Sony will be sold out
of these things over and over and over again I just don’t think that they
realize what they made I really don’t I think this is going to be the hottest
selling lens in the telephoto range they’ve ever had I think they put will
potentially sell more of these than 72 hundreds even I really think so
so I’m really impressed with this lens especially at its price point it is a
extreme value you just cannot miss to get a piece of glass like this with all
this new technology packed in it you know you pair this with a nine you can
shoot birds and flight all day long and get amazing results and not kill
yourself you know doing the up-and-down thing all the time I want to just hit
the the there’s a lot of glass in this lens there are a total of five low
dispersion IDI elements there’s one a spherical element all the chunks of
glass inside are nano coated it has the fluorine coating on the front element
like all the others it is it is what’s called direct Drive supersonic wave
motor so this is the same motor technology that is in the big boys and
it is super fast it’s a very very quick fast focusing lens and remember if you
put this on in a 6500 or in a 6300 or whatever else they make a 6000 you’re
gonna have a 300 millimeter to 900 millimeter zoom which is just awesome it
really is it has an 11 blade ‘add diaphragm and it has something called
linear response manual focus now what does that mean linear response me I’ll
focus all these lenses focused by wire so just like in your BMW car when you
hit the gas pedal you’re not hitting a pedal that’s mechanically hooked up with
a cable and Springs to the engine and you’re changing a carburetor setting
it’s drive-by-wire what sony has done is they’ve figured out a way to
electronically duplicate what a helicoid focusing lens feels like so usually when
you buy an auto focus lens typically they’re gonna auto focus really well
because that’s what they’re primarily designed for but they’re not going to do
great in manual focus and this these three lenses in particular are going to
focus extremely well on manual and they’re going to be give you great
results and a great feel so I’m actually excited about that because I do a lot of
manually focusing still just a more sort of organic more natural feel this one
also has a focus range limiter which can be really good for certain sporting
events where or if you’re trying to not to get on a tree line and if you’re
shooting birds in flight and they keep flying by woods
you can set it where it’ll fly only on this side of the woods or whatever
that’s a kind of a cool thing and strangely enough this lens also will
take the 1/4 in the 2x teleconverter so you can actually make this a 1200
millimeter lens legit you know field of view of 1200 millimeter so I wanted to
just tell a story again about another canon 504 story actually I went to an
airshow and I shot this airshow with a an a 6300 and a 500 Aleph 4l lens with
MC 11 adapter and I had the time my life it was so much fun to shoot the Blue
Angels and shoot all the trick planes and I mean it was there was Beechcraft
out there there was all kinds of stuff it was really exciting and I I really
injured myself you can’t shoot an airshow planes flying
above you in the sky you can’t do that with a tripod and you can’t do with a
monopod and so I hand held this 500 f4 it was basically a 700 millimeter lens
for the entire length of like a three-and-a-half hour airshow and I
injured my shoulder and you know I probably should have gone on the doctor
but I was in pain I couldn’t sleep on the side for about three months and I
didn’t have that pain completely disappear for about nine months you can
really injure yourself carrying lenses that are heavy and bulky and large and
you know using a monopod is a great idea but an airshow this would be so much
better it would make so much more sense because you could you could follow focus
for a lot longer and not be in pain and not injure yourself so this thing at an
airshow would be just killer I think that lense rentals will rent this thing
all the time to people that can’t maybe buy it they can’t justify buying it but
if they’re going to go do something special like go on safari or go to an
airshow or go to a PGA golf tournament you know this is something that would be
really worth the money to rent and stay behind the ropes and still work work out
you’re doing these last two lenses are in a league of their own
they really are these lenses are for burgers people who are shooting polar
in Alaska puffins and Labrador extremely tight sports photographers people who
really want to shoot tight and that’s a part of their style or what’s required
of them to do a job an assignment so you’re gonna see a lot of these at the
Olympics you’ll see tons of these though my guess is for every ten of these
Sony’s gonna sell they might sell one of these it’s very rare need a 600 600
amazing though it’s like unbelievably beautiful the result you get is
phenomenal it’s it’s unlike anything else and when you can combine that speed
also with the focal length this true six or millimeter it’s it’s a it’s a killer
so first we’re going to talk about the former GM this is my own copy I’m so
happy to have this I can’t even tell you in fact all these lenses are mine except
for this one and this one and I’m hoping to open to buy this one next year but
the formateur GM has three different fluorite elements it has one low
dispersion element it’s nano coated has a fluorine coating
on the front element it has optical steadyshot built into it which is
significant a lot of these lenses don’t and it’s great so if you use an older
camera you can still use you know for video especially it’s very useful
this lens weigh 6.4 pounds 6.4 pounds is obscenely lightweight for a four to
eight it’s just it’s awesome and I just love I love going to sporting events and
you know you end up working next to people and they’ll say how do you like
that Sony stuff and I just handle my monopod say here lift this real quick
and they go whoa cuz they’re waiting for this huge weight and weights all in my
rear view mirror man I love it a lot of friends of mine that are shooting sports
especially soccer are actually using this lens without a monopod now I don’t
think I would go there I wouldn’t do that but I can understand why they want
to if they have to run them back and forth out in the field and you know if
they’re doing all the add stuff they got to go
for marketing I understand that but for me I’m gonna be using that but it’s
actually possible to use a four to eight now without without a monopod it’s
pretty amazing these two lenses have what’s called an X
Deane linear AF motor and it is a super-fast Ferrari like speed experience
it’s I shouldn’t say Ferrari I should say Tesla because it’s drive-by-wire and
it’s all electric but phenomenal lens it’s so sharp you don’t get the
degradation that you got with legacy glass often when you added
teleconverters to the lens sometimes you’d see this huge drop in quality when
you added a 1/4 or 2x and I don’t see that in fact I can’t really tell I have
to look in photo mechanikat what what millimeter it was shot at in order to
know if I use the 1/4 or not when I look at images from this lens so it’s it’s
it’s pretty sweet these lenses have completely different weight distribution
than any other legacy lens that have come before them so usually what you
have is a huge weight in the front element and what Sony did is they moved
the optical they change the entire optical design because it’s for
mirrorless instead of DSLR and so all the big weight in the lens is right in
the middle right over the tripod ring which is great it’s very well balanced
you know it takes some getting used to because this lens won’t automatically
flip element down when you’re walking across the field it’ll actually go
element up and if it’s raining not good so you want to be careful with that but
it’s just a very it’s a much easier lens to work with and move around
especially your panning there’s great advantages to the lighter weight and the
disc for different weight distribution of where the weight is inside the lens
so I really like that a lot it has an 11 blade ‘add aperture
diaphragm and of course it takes the 1/4 and the 2x converter and with the 1/4
it’s a five sixty millimeter f/4 and with the two exits at 800 5.6 and
remember that on the a9 and almost all the other cameras too you can you can’t
ask a button on the lens you know you
can make this button the focus hole button you can make that a an automatic
zoom on sensor you just press it and all of a sudden you’ll get 1.5 X so it’s
kind of a built-in electronic teleconverter if you will it’s very
powerful I use it all the time on my 4 to 8 sometimes there’s not time to
change an add a 1/4 you want to get a little tighter on something pop fly to
roulette right field and then you just clip that you just click this ring right
here and it’ll take you right there so of all these lenses though only the the
6 and the 4 Prime’s have this multifunction ring and you can make that
ring do different things just like you can make these buttons to all do
different things as well so last and not least is the most
awesome the biggest one I just 600 has always been my favorite focal length
since I started shooting football it will blow the backgrounds to smithereens
and believe it or not even though it’s f4 it will do it better than a four to
eight well wide open so my preference has always been towards the six this one
has three different fluorite elements in it there are two IDI elements it’s nano
coated throughout fluorine on the front now here’s the crazy thing six point
seven pounds so this lens weighs three tenths of a pound more than a four to
eight and it’s a 600 f/4 that’s crazy I have no idea how they pulled that off
but I’m glad they did it has what’s called XD linear motor that sense for
extreme dynamic so the autofocus motors in here are otherworldly it’s like it’s
like a tests let the dragstrip it just it embarrasses everything else it really
does they also have this one’s got what’s called a D clicked tripod collar
so you can actually take the clicks you can take that out you can just throw a
switch and remove it which is kind of cool I thought that was a neat feature
11 bladed diaphragm the one for in the 2x of course
work and it’s a real joy to use the 600 with a 1/4 that’s how I primarily shoot
football it gives you an eight hundred and sixty millimeter 5.6 and it’s you
know that’s awesome way to work so for me you know this season I’m hoping to
use six hundred four and a 1/4 and then probably the 7200 to 8 with a 1/4 or the
100 or 400 you know as my second body that works out really well it has the
focus range limiter and it has something very unique it has high speed AF all the
way up to f-22 so this lens you can like do crazy stuff with depth of field if
you wanted to but it will still autofocus accurately at f-22 which is
kind of crazy now it’s only the a9 by the way the other cameras cannot achieve
this but with the a9 with firmware 5.0 added to the camera
it becomes more fully functional with this lens and I don’t think I mentioned
but the the the 600 f4 is twelve thousand nine hundred ninety eight
dollars so 13 grand versus twelve thousand so you have thirteen thousand
twelve thousand two thousand and then on down so the last thing I’m going to do
is I’m going to talk a little bit about this lens versus this lens and this is
probably what a lot of you are trying to figure out because we’re talking about
lots of money and I get it because I have to spend the same money
that you do the first comparison I’m going to do is between the 7200 f/4g
lens and the 7200 G master lens big difference first of all age the 7200 f/4
I think came out in 2014 which in Sony years was like 30 years ago
Sony users are like dog years you got to figure seven to ten years per each you
know year so it’s kind of older technology it’s a very sharp lens
good lands a super lightweight I like it a lot but when they made that 7200 G
master I immediately bought this and sold my 70 22 for the 1700 F 4 is a
reasonably price lines though it’s less than half the cost of the G master
version and it’s a really really accomplished good lens there’s one huge
problem with it for me and that is that it does not take the 1/4 and the 2 X
converters so the 7200 f/4 is locked forever into that focal length and
that’s it you can’t change the field of view ever so you’re kind of stuck you
can’t expand it by buying you know 500 bucks and you buy another teleconverter
and now you double it or you do it 1.4 X or whatever so for that reason I don’t
think that you know I just think that if if you really want to be if you’re
investing in the Sony system and you’re serious about photography personally I
think the G master is worth the money because it allows you to expand in the
future where the 7200 f/4g does not because you’re kind of locked in there
it’s a good lens folks as fast but not as fast this not as accurate as this so
it’s still good but it’s just not it’s not in this level all right the next one
might be the most important review that I do like comparison thing because this
is what everybody’s talking about this lens has everybody talking it’s such a
cool focal length a lot of people bought this lens already and loved it and
they’re trying to figure out should I buy that too or should I sell this and
buy that or should I keep what I have it’s not an easy answer and there’s not
one answer for everybody so I’ll go through a couple things number one the
100 to 400 is a phenomenally sharp lens it is a gene master lens it’s not a
Jilin so in the lineup of Sony and Sony’s eyes when they built this it’s a
G master it’s the top-of-the-line nothing better so they spared no expense
for any part of this thing it’s it’s a wicked wicked little machine ok
glass on down the motors and all the rest of it one thing that is very
important to remember is this is a 4.5 to 5.6 lens so this lens is faster let’s
in a little more light than this one does so if
you’re going and you’re shooting all the time under lights you know this one’s
going to give you just a little bit more exposure for the focal length now you’re
not going to have 600 millimeter either so but for me you know this lens is it’s
a great lens it’s much lighter smaller and more compact than this is this is
heavy by comparison honestly to this so I really am this is my own copy of the
of the 100-400 because I own the four door to eight and
plan to buy the six in our GM I’m actually not planning on buying the 200
to 600 but I’m weird I’m a oddball because I shoot sports and I love
shooting tight so I don’t think that my not buying it should be a reason for you
not to buy it I think most people that are interested in buying these lenses
should probably buy this one especially when you figure the cost so but between
the two if this lens had had started it if it was a five six all the way through
I’d go this way every time but I like static aperture zooms even though this
isn’t one I just think I get more use out of this
but that decisions based on having these also and this so for my purposes I’m
gonna hold with the 100 a 400 but this is I think they’re gonna sell the Wiz
out of these this is a fantastic lens and the shocking thing about the 200 to
600 G lens is that it’s not 3500 bucks or $4,000 I think they would have sold
plenty of them if they had almost doubled the price so at 1998 my god it’s
a good deal so you know which one should you buy you probably should buy this one
especially if you’re shooting birds or if you’re shooting field sports if
you’re not shooting field sports you’re shooting things that are closer
auto racing on short tracks and stuff like that third of them
half-mile ovals you know this might be a little overkill but if you’re doing
birds and animals and if you’re shooting you know in daylight all the time this
is this is awesome for golf get out of here like even though I’m not planning
on buying this lens I will probably borrow one from Sony to cover golf
tournaments because there just doesn’t get any better than this for you know
dragging around for four days on the golf course and a hundred degrees so I
love them both I might even buy them both but for right now I got to look at
buying this and that’s a big chunk of change so for now I’m not gonna buy this
one but I really recommend it last but not least let’s say you don’t know
neither one of these and you’re considering it the difference between
these lenses is pretty phenomenal and there’s one thing I want to point out
when you get into this lens if you if you buy the lens you know you don’t buy
the teleconverters you’re kind of crazy because why wouldn’t you they’re so
cheap compared to the glass that you bought already so anybody that’s buying
a 400 GM or a 600 G em you really should at least buy the 1/4 but you really
ought to buy both converters because it just expands the usability of the lens
it gives you more flexibility of what you can shoot and in a way I think it
it’s a good investment in what you already spent it’s just a little bit
more you can get you know I’ve this lens you get it eight hundred five six and
you know a five sixty f4 which brings me to an interesting point which lens is
faster a four to eight or 600 f4 dumb question right of course the four
to eight lets in twice as much light as a six or an f4 however I love to point
this out to people when you take four to eight and you put the 1/4 converter on
it it becomes a five sixty millimeter 560 millimeter f4 this is a 600 f4 you
literally get 40 extra millimeters without costing you any aperture in this
one way I feel like the 604 is actually a little
faster than the four to eight now I’m not talking about focus speed I’m
talking about lens transmission through the lens into the body’s sensor so I
have always been a huge fan of the 604 but I’ve had a lifetime of shooting
American football and the you know the sometimes they’re so far away especially
you’re covering one team you know they’re on the opposite side of the
field I got to stay with them coming at me on offense all the time this has been
my life for a long long time and so for me you know between the two the 604 is
worth it it really is worth owning for most even very serious professional
sports photographers the 402 eight is just more versatile it’s you know you
can shoot this down court basketball you can shoot the other end the basketball
court with this you can’t really do that with this I mean you could but it’s not
going to work and you’re not gonna be able to see what’s happening
great for coaches but you can put a 1/4 on this and get the same field of view
as the six but yeah I mean so versatility four to eight if you’re
wanting to become a sports photographer and you’re very serious about it the
foreigner to eight is the lens if you have a four you don’t need a three if
you have a four you don’t need a six if you have a four you don’t need a five
the forest sort of the do everything lens even in politics if you’re a
political shooter in DC you know this is extremely versatile and you know this
lens can shoot field sports it can shoot volleyball it can shoot indoors outdoors
whatever it lets in so much light it’s just a phenomenal way to work the
foreigner to eight is by far the most of universal lens but I prefer this one and
I probably always will every 100 millimeter increase of focal length past
300 millimeter is logarithmic so when you go from 300 millimeter to 400
millimeter it’s not a little bit of a change it’s a massive change and you
your ability to selectively focus have only one thing sharp is increased
greatly logarithmic ly so when you go from 300 to 400 you get this huge jump
when you go from 400 to 600 it is a it’s night and day
it’s another galaxy of Boca so if you are just in love with blown out
backgrounds complicated backgrounds turned into complete mush into
watercolors this is a great way to go now if you’re shooting senior portraits
a lot of people are figuring out how useful telephotos are and even seepage
super telephotos for senior shoots now this will be a great seller lots of
people who shoot seniors going to buy this lens and they’re gonna do great
with it but if you really want to be the person in town that’s giving the little
bit extra that no one can make that picture but you four to eight awesome so
again this is the universal long glass that’s always been that way it probably
always will be that way but if you can do both the six and the four it’s
amazing if you can only do one of the other you really got to pick what you do
if you’re a birder you’re only gonna buy this lens and that’s it
and there’s if you buy this lens and you’re a bird photographer you’re gonna
always wish to you about the six I guarantee it
if you shoot you know safari and stuff and you want to do polar bears and
grizzly bears in Alaska that’s your friend right there because you really
won’t have to crop very much probably but both of these lenses are awesome
they’re just phenomenal it’s so much fun to just create eye candy with every
picture you make and that’s what these do they really do these do to to some
extent but not like these too so anyway I don’t know if I’ve caused confusion by
talking so long and so much about all these lenses but I’ve been wanting to do
this video for a very long time the first sort of four or five years of
my being a Sony artisan all I talked about was adapted glass well guess what
we wouldn’t have to use adapted glass anymore that’s over and Sony has seen
fit to crank out these beautiful lenses packed with new technology that we
didn’t even think to ask for I couldn’t be happier to be a Sony shooter and I
couldn’t be happier to shoot these long lenses especially and but I hope it’s
been helpful and as always if you haven’t figured out I actually respond
to comments on YouTube so if you have a question for me ask it because there
might be 15 other people that want to know the same thing you want to know but
maybe they’re not going to send me the question so please I want it to be a
communication you know two-way street putting this out there last you know I
am a Sony artisan Sony didn’t pay needed to make this video I don’t get paid to
make these videos so I would always appreciate if you’d follow me if you’d
you know you follow me on Facebook and Instagram and and but especially in
YouTube and it helps me just with you know getting gear like this getting hold
of it and last I just want to thank Sony for being so cool this I think there’s
only four of these in the country and they sent me one I just did it today
shot a few images with it and I’m gonna ship it back to the next person who
needs it so I appreciate that very much but that’s it for me I hope this has
been helpful and not confusing if you have questions or comments please put
them below I am Pat Murphy RACI so many artisans saying thanks for watching and
I mean thanks for watching this is a long one

98 Replies to “Best Sony lenses for Sports and Nature Photography? (47 min)”

  1. Great video, it actually didn't feel long 🙂 I think another advantage of the 200-600g is that you can go back and forth between 200 and 600mm with a 90 degrees rotation, it looks almost instantaneous and effortless, I think it's a first for a telephoto lens. What do you think?

  2. Two weeks ago, I part exchanged my 100 – 400mm G Master + SEL20TC for a 200 – 600mm + SEL14TC. Unfortunately, the weather has not been ideal of late, but I did get out with my A9 + 200 – 600mm for five hours a couple of days ago. What I can state so far is: as a wildlife photographer, the 200 – 600mm matches my expectations and produces the results I had hoped for. I managed to capture a Swallow in flight just above the ground, a Dragonfly in flight, just above the ground, a Hover Fly, in flight at a distance of about 3 metres and a Magpie in flight against a tree cluttered background. Focusing speed and lock on are exceptionally fast and zooming between 200 to 600 is really quick. I have yet to test it out with my SEL14TC or my Kenko extension tubes, but so far I am impressed. I will also have to test it out with my A7III at some stage; but that is not a priority. Top job Sony.

  3. This is great, I have been waiting for you to do this. I have 4 of these lens, including the 200-600mm. I agree with your comments about the 100-400mm with a x1.4. I almost did not buy the 200-600mm, but then I see it as a 400-600mm lens and more with the x1.4. Also love the T shirt!

  4. Since Nature photography is included here. The 90mm Macro should be considered. It’s one of the best macros ever made.

  5. Can the 200 to 600 on the a7R4 AF phase detect past F8 like the a9 (unlike the a7R3)? Such as when using the 1.4x tc or 2x tc combo 200-600. Sounds like a7r4 fixes/extends it.

  6. Thanks for this. I got the 400/2.8GM a couple of weeks ago. I considered the 600/4GM but (as you confirmed) the 400 is far more versatile with the teleconverters and I chose that. No way I could afford both anyway – I have an A7Riv on pre-order and the A9ii to order soon (hopefully). That long-lens bokeh is really compelling though. Perhaps a 600/4 as well eventually – one day 🙂

  7. Not to mention, the 100-400 connected to the a7rii or the new a7riv, going to crop mode you're getting 150mm-600mm at 5.6 (I typically just set the aperture at 5.6 so it stays constant). Of course, I haven't done this yet, but possibly getting the a7riii soon. I am currently doing this with the a7iii, but obviously the file size isn't a large, still usable though!

  8. A comparison you missed (although kind of oddball) is the 70-200gm2.8 w/1.4x & 2x TCs vs 100-400gm. With the 70-200+1.4x tc it would be ~100-280f4 and with 2x tc it would be 140-400f5.6. For someone starting out in sports photography (mostly soccer under lights) would you suggest the 70-200gm2.8+ 1.4 tc for speed/light or the 100-400gm for reach? Thanks in advance. And very informative video on everything else.

  9. Great job and very helpful. I have the 70-200 f2.8 and was close to buying the 100-400, but held out long enough for the launch of the 200-600. Throw a question at you. What if you didn’t have the 400GM or 600GM and Sony launched a 500 f4 GM, would that be your “go to?” Of course the rumor mill is the 500 is on the table. Again, great video and thanks for putting in the time to do them.

  10. I shoot wildlife and pre-ordered the 200-600 almost as soon as it was available to do so. I agree that it will be very popular. I had a Sigma 150-600 C when I shot Canon (and I used it a bit with my a7r3, my first Sony camera) but I found the AF was slow and hunted too much once I switched to Sony and was using it with the MC-11 adapter. So I sold it as part of my switch over. I'm really excited to get this lens, essentially the same as the Sigma with the big added benefit of being a native Sony with more updated tech features. Great vid!

  11. Good video so far. I will finish watching later. I’m very happy with my new 100-400 on my a7riii. For landscapes and travel the 200-600 is too big and heavy.

  12. thank you for this good video 🙂 i prf. the 400 over the 600 for shooting bird/wildlife ^^ just wanna say that

  13. Just considering the Image Quality, have you done enough image comparison on the 100-400+1.4 vs. 200-600 (@560) to pick a winner or is it a draw?

  14. From what I understand, the motor on the 200-600 is a single linear motor, that of the 400/2.8 n 600/4 have the dynamic twin linear motor?

  15. You’re misleading people when you say that on a crop sensor your 85mm 1.8 is now a 135mm 1.8, this is not true. Your focal length is not increased it’s just cropped. A 135mm 1.8 would have a more shallow depth of field than an 85mm 1.8. Let’s not mislead people.

  16. I got my Sony 200-600mm delivered here in Shanghai about a week ago. Oh boy, what a performance on my Sony A9. And even when paired with the Sony A6400 this lens shines – this combo works much better than the 100-400mm paired with the A6400. For Wildlife this 200-600mm zoom is clearly a winner.

  17. Great run through of telephoto glass. A video to come back to. I'd love to see a video about panning with some different lenses. I know Sony has an artisan covering MotoGP (who doesn't seem to post), but any racing. Thanks PMR

  18. I was just musing that I had not seen a PMR Sony video in quite a while and now there's this one! Thanks! Where can I buy a FE>EF T-shirt?

  19. Great and thorough information. My wife and I booked a vacation to Cabo for this October. We realized after watching YouTube videos about Cabo that we would be well served to invest in a good camera. So after reviewing what's out there, we settled for an a6000. We have been loving learning photography, and of course now it's all about the glass. Thanks for this very useful review!!! God bless!

  20. Which lens do you recommend for taking a bicycle ride I don't need a zoom lens because I can choose a location quite close to the object. Currently with a Tamron 28-75 lens. Feels that sometimes the focus escapes

  21. Hi Pat, loved this vid, you did say ask questions & I’ll try be short, 3GS thru to XSMax iPhones now I’ve had, I did roughly 10 years ago purchase a Nikon D40 still have & all good but only took out for special occasions, around Nov 2018 I purchased a A7RII & Sony Zeiss 55 1.8 & my mind blew a fuse, since added in order a Tamron 28-75 & about 2 weeks ago the Sony 200-600, my question since total novice my AF speed I think is too slow for especially BIF & I’m thinking A9, but now rumors of A9ii so you think I should hold out as in no panic, I haven’t shot anything in auto yet all manual so if & I do fluff shots that’s fine I’m learning, a Sony novice I am but that doesn’t mean I can’t frame a pic even with a phone, I’m sure there’s others like me & look forward to your advice, keep up the good work, apologize about length,
    grá ó Éirinn new sub

    PS 17-28 Tamron arriving 2moro morning can’t wait but I’m lining up this all for my daughter who’s showing massive interest
    75-200 missing I know but I’m working my butt off

  22. great review. I just picked up the 24 1.4 and 135 1.8. Took a photo of my daughters eye and you can see her contact lens and me reflecting in her eye. So So sharp and love it.

  23. Nice job Pat. Your recommendations have been spot on for me. Sold my last piece of Nikon gear last month. The 100-400 breezed through spring sports and I expect it to do the same this fall. I love lenses that make money every time I pick them up!

  24. As you know Patrick I am not afraid to moan when I don't like a video but this is an AWESOME video. You've really covered so much and its really helpful for those of us looking to invest in Sony kit. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I still hope Sony launch a 300 2.8 in the not too distant future…

  25. Patrick I have been hearing you go on about Sony for years now on sportsshooter.com and I am so happy that you are happy with Sony and the weight or lack thereof on that 400mm 2.8 is really something! For me though I'm still sticking to my Nikon D4s/D5 and 400mm 2.8 FL, until Sony releases a camera with better ergonomics and menu's. The A7R IV seems like it is heading in the right direction and hopefully the a9 II will be even better. Until then I just can't switch, I can't seem to get over what I consider to be terrible ergonomics and a worse menu. Thank you though for all the information and I enjoyed the video, maybe one day!

  26. A 600mm F4 only very slightly renders the background out of focus than a 400mm F2.8 and I have a hard time telling the difference, but if you divide the aperture from the focal length you do see it is 150 vs. 143 so there is a difference. I just never thought about it until now, but I will say I have owned every super-tele from Nikon over the years except the 800mm and out of all of them the 400mm 2.8 FL is the sharpest and most versatile lens there is. The acuity, focus speed and ability to add either a 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x TC is invaluable and really covers just about anything that I need to cover. I would go so far as to say the 400mm 2.8 is my bread and butter lens, not the 70-200mm which I find I really only use now a days for basketball.

  27. Phenomenal video, it’s missing sample shots with each lens. I’m curious to know why would someone choose the 100-400 over the 70-200 with a teleconverter? How good is the background blur on the 200-600 at 6.3? Does compression compensate for slow f-stop?

  28. Great review. If you are one of the people giving this a thumbs down, do yourself and everyone else a favor and find a "Glam Rock" or "Hollywood" review written by any of the hosts of CLOWN "influencers" who have never made a dime from photography. This is a great comparison/contrast session on several lenses at different price points for shooting sports from a top class photographer with a great portfolio and resume. Well done as always PMR!

  29. Just bought the 200-600. Thank you for your help. I am a hobby photographer and wow did this do a great job of outlining the current lineup.

  30. Fantastic thorough review Patrick! That 200-600 is tempting. I already own the 100-400 which I love so it's tough to part with. I'm leaning towards the 400 f2.8 because with that 1.4 TC, I would be at 560 f4 which I'm good for because I can take the 1.4 tc off and have the option of 2.8. I'm into wildlife photography and there have been times later in the day and early where the light is challenging. As great as the A9's ability to handle low light, I'm currently using the 100-400 with the 1.4 which puts me at f8 🙁 BUT, IF Sony ever comes out with a 200-400 F4 with a 1.4 TC like Canon has, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Having that ability to zoom back for wildlife is something I enjoy now and I do worry about it. BUT (to contradict myself again), the bokey from an f2.8 or f4 is just WOW! To seperate the background is worth it – especially when my wife has green lit a purchase 🙂

  31. Sony please make 600 to 900 mm Constant F 7 lens for wildlife , Also 1000mm F5.6 Prime Lens ! destroy the nikon and canon !

  32. Personally, I bought the 100-400 a few weeks before Sony announced the 200-600. I’m kinda glad it worked out that way because I’d be tempted by the price and the range on the 200-600, but I would probably not like the size and weight. Having rented the 100-400 before I was blown away by the GM resolution, build quality, speed, and even things like the color rendition that seemed better. I think I’m going to get the 1.4X teleconverter for it to make it a 140-560mm f/6.3 to f/8, which isn’t too far off from the 200-600 with a lot note versatility. I’ll be shooting with the 1.4X outside in the sun most of the time anyway.

  33. Who would shoot karate or judo with an 85mm F1.8?

    Boxing maybe, because you are constrained by the ring, but Judo and Karate tournament finals are fought on large area mats and they are moving much fast than you are.
    As a photographer for these events, you have to stay outside the area.
    What you need a pair of 24-70 and 70-200 and fast bodies like the A9…

  34. Patrick I purchased a 1.;4 Teleconverter for my 100-400 lens. You mentioned we should buy both teleconverters. There was much talk about how much better the 1.4 was than the 2.0 optically and hence I did not purchase the 2.0. Is there a big difference in optical quality or was the commentary unwarranted? You have real experience and a talk about paring teleconverters to all the lenses would be awesome.

  35. Thanks for this video. Believe it or not I find these long informative videos quite entertaining. 🙂

    I want to play devil's advocate, and suggest that the 200-600mm can in fact replace both the 400mm and the 600mm. My reasoning is simple, albeit possibly naive: the loss of two aperture stops is matched by the gain in low light performance of modern cameras. So let me show the numbers.

    At best, almost all colour films have a maximum ISO rating of 3200. (This has been the case for decades, BTW, but that's a whole other issue.) Some would say that Kodak 5219 can go one stop more, but let's stick with 3200. The A9, which is the best sports oriented camera you can buy right now, could be safely rated at ISO 12000, or maybe a little higher. So if you're shooting ISO 3200 and f/4, that's equivalent of ISO 12000 and f/8. The 200-600 has a maximum aperture at the long end of more than f/8, so you could set the ISO a little under 12000.

    Of course the conversation can go much deeper than the arguments I've presented, but I think you get what I mean.

    One final word on sliding apertures. I suggested to one manufacturer that their cameras should have a manual mode that changes shutter speed as the aperture slides. Maybe suggest this to Sony? Personally, if I want to shoot manual mode with a sliding aperture zoom, I'll set it to the slower aperture at the wide end, and so it effectively becomes a constant aperture zoom. This is very, very useful for product photography.

  36. Thanks for this video, it's so helpful! Your knowledge and experience came off naturally and you made clear the benefits and purpose of each lens and focal length. I was planning to get the 100-400mm (I used the 70-200 F/4 at the Chicago Air and Water Show and I enjoyed it but wished I had more reach… but I mostly shoot autocross) but your talking about the logarithmic increase every 100mm and the new galaxy of bokeh has me curious about how 400-600mm looks.

  37. Thanks for this video,,,very helpful. What is your opinion about the Sony 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G OSS ? Is it a good lens for sport photography with a Sony A9 ?

  38. Thank you for taking the time to create this educational video. I'm trying to decide on a lens to shoot High School Varsity football at night. I'll be shooting all of the games from the sidelines. I currently have an a9 with 100-400 lens and 70-200 f4.0. I also have a 1.4x converter. I will be selling my 70-200 F4 for a f2.8 later this week so i can at least use that lens with the 1.4 x converter. I also shoot with a a6500 as a backup. I'm currently budgeted for about 6k and I'm willing to invest in new or used glass providing me the best performance from my a9. What lens should I invest in?

  39. Got the 100 to 400 G Master on your recommendation from one of your original videos, have it on my a 6500 virtually all the time. It is a phenomenal lens for Birds, Sports, and even macro photography. I haven't yet put an extension tube on it but would like to try that as well. Thanks for your recommendations and this grade recap. Might have to think about that 200 to 600 for birds.

  40. P M-R, your best vid yet! Packed with insightful information. I felt like I bumped into you at a hotel and we went out to the local watering hole to talk about glass and I walked (stumbled?) home with a bunch of insider information. One of these days I'll switch from Canon to Sony…dunno know if it will be the A7RIV or A9II. But darn you as I always thought my first three lenses would be the Holy Trinity. Now you got me salivating over the 135, 100-400 and 200-600. I guess what it boils down to is what do you envision yourself shooting. As a hobbyist, I shoot every genre, day and night. Thank you for your honest and candid thoughts, both in the video and in the comments. I'm sure once I dive in I'll watch this vid half a dozen times. Actually, I do have a question: in what order do you think they'll make the Mark II version and what about it will be different? Say, the first three MII lenses.

  41. Im having a hard time deciding between the a7ii and its full frame advantages and the a6400. I want to do wildlife with my 200-600 i just got. Are the ff advantages better than the speed of the a6400 ?

  42. I’m hoping that Sony will add the XD-linear motor to the 85MM f/1.4 GM Mark ii. Or, maybe they’ll add an 85 f/1.2 like Canon. I love my 85 1.4, but my f/1.8 actually focuses easier in low light.

  43. This video was not confusing at all and went into great details that anyone considering these lenses would want to know. I do have a short question however, I own the 100-400 and also the 1.4 cony TC. Having used the 1.4 on the lens I wasn't exactly happy with the results but I'm wondering if the camera is a factor, I'm using the Sony A7R3 not the A9. I found I'd rather just use the 100-400 and crop rather than add the 1.4 in nearly every situation. Would this be a different scenario with a camera like the the A9? My next body will be the A9 or A9ii for sure. Thanks once again for a very helpful video, liked and subscribed.

  44. Great and very informative video! I just wish there were some sample photos thrown in so we have examples to look at 😉

  45. WRT teleconverters: Tony Northrup and others have long shown that with lenses and cameras of this quality you will generally get significantly better results by cropping the image, than by using a teleconverter. This applies to both the 2.0 and even the 1.4 Sony. This was also true with pro film cameras and teleconverters.

    Do the test yourself; shoot a critical focus shot with lots of fine detail, with and without the teleconverter, and then blow up the images to the same enlarged image size.

    Tony Northrup also showed better lens flare rejection with backlight without use of a teleconverter.

    APS-C mode is also better than a teleconverter, but that requires changing modes, and you lose the advantage of the full frame for cropping flexibility. This can be a particular advantage with fast moving subjects.

    The only thing a teleconverter actually can do is give you a magnified image in your viewfinder, but your shots will be sharper without it, even if you crop and enlarge the image to match the converted focal length.

  46. Great work! ….thank you very much! …just purchased the 200-600 and it is amazing as you say, and at the price point, a no-brainer.

  47. I was currently trying to decide on whether to purchase the A7iv vs the A9ii. In your video you mentioned the higher end lens do best with the A9 & the A9ii. Am I understanding that correctly?

  48. Talking about the 400 and 600 and your preference for the 600, for me the advent of the a7RIV 61 megapixels definitely make me stay with the 400 due to the 1.5X cropped image giving me a 600 mm and about 21 megapixels file (a file almost as big as with he a9 not cropped). I always try to get as close as possible to the subjects and seldom use the 1.4X but if I do, it will have a 840 mm f 5.6. The a7RIV is an awesome wildlife camera although not as fast as the a9 but he AF capabilities are close; I use both.

  49. Camera shake issue, 1:50, I recently got my copy of the FE85mm f/1.8G and have issues with camera shake blur at 1/160 on my a7RIV, sometimes also at shutter speed 1/200 or 1/250 and even shooting portrait in studio with strobes (Profoto equipment). Look like Steady Shot is not working with that lens of even worse: against that lens. Did you – or any other readers of this comment – heard something about this or did I get a bad copy of that lens?

  50. Another great video! I am going on a family trip to Hawaii soon and am planning on shooting some North Shore surfing. I have an a7RIV and was going to use my 20-200 GM with a 2X tele in crop mode to get the range. I am concerned that it still won't be enough so am thinking about renting a 100-400 with a 1.4 tele instead. I only have room for one larger lens in the bag (can't fit a 200-600 ). How do you think a 100-400 with 1.4 X would compare sharpness-wise (etc) to a 70-200 with a 2X for surf shots and general tele use? I'll have a 16-35 GM for my walking-around lens.Thanks!!

  51. Thank you PMR, now I know what lens to hire next year for Svalbard! Polar bears here I come with the 600f4. Have watched a few of your excellent videos and they have been a great help as someone who has just (1 month ago) jumped from canon

  52. I have the 100-400mm – and the 1.4 TC. I think If I could have any other lens here it would be the 400mm F2.8, especially given that with the 1.4 TC it creates a 560mm F4. I think my 100-400 and a 400mm 2.8 would be my dream combo. I am more of a wildlife photographer – but not really birds in flight. I have always chosen to go with flexibility – and that 400mm F2.8 – wow. Sadly my wife would kill me.

  53. best ,best lenses sony best bla bla bla.
    Sony traktuje użytkowników swoich aparatow jakby w kieszeni nosili tony pieniędzy.
    Kupiłem sony a7iii i moim zdaniem jest to bardzo dobry aparat.
    O wadach nie mówmy bo każdy je ma .
    Jednak lepiej śledzi obiekty ma więcej punktów AF i jest dość szybki .
    Nie ma co prawda 20kl/s ale 10 i jest już bardzo ok.
    Więc lepiej niż nikon d500 ,który ma 153 pola AF i jest dobrym aparatem po za szumem jaki generuje w stosunku na przykład do pełnej klatki d800.
    Ten ostatni również używałem i byłem zadowolony z obrazka oraz AF ,który udało mi się wyregulować jak najlepiej po wielu próbach.
    Pozbywam się nikona i chętnie kupił bym jako drugi aparat do sony a7iii znowu pełną klatkę nikona d850 ale tutaj miedzy sony a nikonem jest duży problem.
    Chcę i fotografuję ptaki nikonem w locie i stacjonarnie teleobiektywem sigma 150-600mm z mocowanie nikon F.
    Nikon radzi sobie świetnie ma również 10 klatek na sekundę ale z sony a7iii ten teleobiektyw już nie działa dobrze.
    Stosuję adapter commlite en enf pro v06 czy jakoś tak.
    Totalna porażka dla tego obiektywu.
    Podobno jest kompatybilny z tamronem 150-600mm.
    Obiektywy sony FE to jakiś błąd cenowy.
    Teleobiektyw w kategorii sigmy 150-600mm ale oryginalny sony FE to koszt 8000zł minimum.
    Równowartość aparatu fotograficznego.
    Do nikona sigma kosztuje 3000zł-4500zł.
    Oczywiście sigma sport również jest droższa od contemporary ale to szczegół.
    Każdy inny obiektyw i teleobiektyw nikona i canona można kupić wiele razy tańszy i tak samo dobry jak do sony.
    Sony powinno obniżyć i znacznie poszerzyć obiektywy w różnych przedziałach cenowych.
    Nikon d850 oraz canon 5d mark iv kosztuje w polsce 8-12000 złotych polskich a przyzwoity teleobiektyw można kupić za 3000zł.
    Sony a7iii kosztuje 8000-9000zł ,a7riii pewnie 10-12000zł ,sony a9 15000zł i więcej a teleobiektyw do sony 8000zł .
    Czy ten teleobiektyw sony za 8000zl jest lepszy od na przykład sigma 150-600mm?
    Nie wiem?
    Coś jednak tutaj zawiodło jeśli chodzi o markę sony.
    Sony tylko dla bardzo zamożnych.
    Na pewno będę miał drugi aparat lustro do swojego sony bo lubię nikona za ergonomię i obrazek a z canonem miałem do czynienia jak zaczynałem z fotografią i moją pierwszą lustrznką był canon 1000d chyba lub 1100.
    Dziś jak przeglądałem zdjęcia dziecka wykonane tym canonem byłem w szoku jaki świetny produkował obrazek.
    Więc canona cenię za kolory i plastyczność obrazu.
    Ergonomia lub raczej rozmieszczenie przycisków i obsługa canona mniej mi odpowiada ale jako drugi system muszę znów coś wybrać.
    Pytanie tylko canon czy znów nikon bo obiektywy od canon w połączeniu z adapterem sigma mc-11 podobno działają lepiej rónież z sony E.
    Adaptery obiektywów nikon dla aparatu sony nie pozwalają na używanie teleobiektywów we właściwy sposób.
    Albo zrezygnować z nikona i kupić body canon oraz adapter sigma mc-11,którego nie sprawdzałem z sigmą 150-600mm canon ef oraz 100-400mmm i innymi .
    Można też kupić teleobiektyw natywny do sony E i wydać 8000zł oraz kupić znów nikon i obiektywy nikon.
    Inwestowanie w dwa systemy i obiektywy osobno do sony i osobno do nikona jest wyczerpujące.
    Inwestowanie w dwa systemy czyli body sony i body nikon oraz uniwersalne zastosowanie obiektywów nikon do nikon i nikon do sony poprzez adapter jest niemożliwe ze względu na kompatybilność i słabe działanie adapterów nikon F/Sony E.
    Jeśli ktoś ma doświadczenie związane z używanie tamron 150-600mm lub inne w połączniu z jakimś adapterm ,który działa świetnie z sony a7iii lub sony a7iv ,a9 to proszę pisać do mnie.
    Tak samo jeśli ktoś z was używa sony a7iii i adapter sigma mc-11plus jakiś teleobiektyw chętnie 150-600mm to również proszę się podzielić opinią i doświadczeniami .
    Kilka słow o adapterze sigma mc-11warto również dodać.
    Przeczytałem ,że jest adapter sigma mc-11 canon i sigma mc-11 sae coś tam tylko kompatybilny z obiektywami sigma,
    Pytanie do koncernów.
    Czy wy traktujecie nas jak bydło czy to ja się mylę i nie da się zsynchronizować adaptera sigma mc-11 tak ,żeby mógł być używany z obiektywami sigma i jednocześnie obiektywami canon jako jeden fozycznie adapter zamiast dwóch ?
    Pozdrawiam wszystkich zakręconych fotograficznie i chętnie przeczytam wasze spostrzeżenia.

  54. what would you recommend for shootings action shots of dogs? i do alot of sport work with dogs and like to take action shots. I currently have the a9

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