Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS E-mount lens review by nandbytes

reviewer#44536 date: Jun-17-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony FE 100-400mm GM
Sony 70-400mm G
price paid:£1619 (new)
Great range
Good AF
Internal zoom
negative:Large (thanks to internal zoom)
not f5.6 (I guess I'd be even larger)
wide end not wide enough "only" 200mm (I guess that might have also made it larger)
comment:I have had this lens since release and its really one of the best telephoto lenses I have owned. It's as sharp as any other telephoto zooms of its kind inc. 100-400mm if not sharper. The AF is certainly very good especially at tracking. Lock-on speed is ever so slightly slower than the 100-400GM but not bad at all. But AF and sharpness is definitely better 100-400+1.4x.
I wish it starter at 100mm or even better 60mm like the sigma 60-600mm Sport lens. But I'd only rarely use it at that end so not a huge issue. Its at 600mm 98% of the time!

the 100-400mm+1.4x didn't see much loss in IQ. Cannot say the same for this. I notice some loss in IQ and definitely so with 2x converter.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 4.73
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.91
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.91
  • overall: 4.87 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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