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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 December 2019 at 08:22
Some of these makes me wonder if what you are seeing is just plain overcast skies without any kind of direct light? Usually end up looking muddy even if it's bright enough to get a decent shutter speed at reasonable ISO.
Really need some direct hard light to make the most out of feathers for detail.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 December 2019 at 07:38
Shay,
There's nothing wrong with those bee-eater images from where I'm sitting.
I don't know anything about the latest e-mount gear other than in the most general terms, but might there be any problem when an image stabilised lens is attached to a camera with image stabilisation built into the sensor?
Apart from that, I certainly have experienced a learning curve when first using several of my a-mount lenses, especially the long focus ones. The expected IQ was achieved through practice, experience, and sometimes micro-focus adjustment.
Looking forward to seeing more from you and your latest bazooka.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 December 2019 at 07:26
Thank you Anand for your comments, both for your comments regarding the photos and for your encouraging words...

The bird in #8 and #9 is Little Green Bee-eater. It is common around here in Israel.

Regarding the lens, I think I figured the problem - it is the IS! Last night I looked again at the bad photos and noticed that there are weird smears that do not look like what I am used to for bad focus or typical hands shaking. This morning I tried to turn off the lens IS and all of a sudden I get the level of details I am used to and expected from this lens. I will post photos later, when I am back home.

I noticed that I don't have the latest FW for my camera - I have version 4.00 and I noticed that there is version 4.01, so I'll try to see if updating the firmware helps. Otherwise, I believe there is something wrong with the lens?
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I love #5

bird in #8 and #9 is very pretty. what is it? (also seems a little under exposed to me)

RE: your lens woes;
You cannot really test in the field like this to deduce if it's a good or bad copy. You need to put it on a tripod shoot some brick walls or some shrubs or news paper etc under controlled environment to work that out.

It takes a while getting used to the 200-600mm. It's bigger and heavier. It's longer. Took me a few goes to start getting better results. Still my birds in flight aren't the best because its harder to follow them properly with this lens compared to 100-400mm.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 December 2019 at 20:09
It is quite a while that I am looking for additional reach beyond 400mm, so when the new FE 200-600mm lens came out, I knew I am going to get it (even though I tried to convince myself that I don't need it...).
Last week I finally managed to buy one, but so far I am not happy with the results (I miss the absolute sharpness I usually get from my other tele lenses). I am not sure whether it is my technique which is lacking (600mm is different from 400mm), my camera which is "old" (I use a7rii - I believe it is fine and it works well with adapted 70-400mm lens. I just noticed that all the great samples on the web are from newer models) or that I got a bad/defective copy...

I planned to start this thread as a discussion in the lenses forum, but I decided to let the photos talk, so it is in the open views... I share the best photos I managed to get out from this lens, but there are so many bad ones..

1

Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 600.0 mm | f/8 | 1/1250 sec | ISO 640

2 BAAAAHHHHHH!

Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 600.0 mm | f/8 | 1/500 sec | ISO 640

3

Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 600.0 mm | f/8 | 1/1000 sec | ISO 640

4 I found a nice fish

Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1000 sec | ISO 400

5 And I am not going to share it!

Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1000 sec | ISO 400

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Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600 sec | ISO 200

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Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600 sec | ISO 200

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Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/800 sec | ISO 200

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Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS | 559.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1000 sec | ISO 200
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