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by SantaFeJoe on Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:01 pm
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An amazing lens in so many ways. If this doesn’t make you jealous, you probably already own one.

Sony 600mm and a7R iv

All handheld!

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by E.J. Peiker on Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:18 am
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I will be taking one with me to the Himalayas next month for a real hardcore in the field test including with the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters on an a7R4.
 

by ricardo00 on Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:49 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
I will be taking one with me to the Himalayas next month for a real hardcore in the field test including with the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters on an a7R4.


  Wow sounds like you will be well prepared for the distant wildlife!  Any word on what they are seeing so far this year?
 

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:42 am
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ricardo00 wrote:
E.J. Peiker wrote:
I will be taking one with me to the Himalayas next month for a real hardcore in the field test including with the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters on an a7R4.


  Wow sounds like you will be well prepared for the distant wildlife!  Any word on what they are seeing so far this year?


Nope, I am hopeful though.
 

by Primus on Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:14 pm
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I bought one a few months ago but have not been able to use in the field yet for various reasons. I did test it briefly with the a7r4 in the backyard.

It is lighter than the Canon MkII I used to own, feels much easier to handhold, but is heftier than the Sony 400 2.8 which I also bought and then sold. That lens felt so much lighter than any other big lens I've used. 

The Sony 600 is of course very sharp and takes teleconverters very well. In good light the images with the 1.4X are almost indistinguishable from the bare lens. I am taking it to Kenya next month and will be able to really check it out.

I had promised myself would not get into the big lens game again, but looks like I am back to square one  :(

I guess the overall package of the a7r4 plus the 600 is much lighter and easier to shoot with than the Canon 1DX2 plus the 600 MkII I used to struggle with. The only problem that resurfaces now is the transit through airports and overhead storage during those long flights. 

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by Gary Gulash on Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:02 pm
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Primus, may I ask why you decided to sell the Sony 400 2.8. I was looking into the Sony super tele offerings and was thinking that the 400 with the ability to crop using the 61 megapixel A7R4 might negate the need to go to 600 mm. I'm skeptical that a 400 would suffice for dedicated bird photographers but...times are changing. You had promised not to do the big lens game, but you changed your mind, so I'm curious.

E.J., I thought I read somewhere that you were done travelling with the super teles after using the Nikon 500 5.6 PF? Or is the Sony 600 for use when you are shooting locally, or perhaps simply an exercise to evaluate the Sony equipment.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:38 pm
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E.J., I thought I read somewhere that you were done travelling with the super teles after using the Nikon 500 5.6 PF? Or is the Sony 600 for use when you are shooting locally, or perhaps simply an exercise to evaluate the Sony equipment.

Yes you are right but this is a one time opportunity for Snow Leopards in the Himalayas where I will need 1200mm plus the 1.5x crop mode of the a7R4 for 26 megapixel photos to have any chance of getting an animal that is larger than a tiny percentage of the frame.  That means using a 2x TC which I would not want to do on the 200-600 as it would result in an f/13 maximum aperture.  The Sony 600 f/4 is only 6.7 lb though so it's more of a size issue than weight.
 

by Gary Gulash on Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:15 pm
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Ok, I understand your explanation E.J., thank you for responding to my question. I look forward to your review when you have the opportunity to use the equipment in the field. Hope you find the target species!
 

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