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

reviewer#45623 date: Dec-13-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 DT 55-300 SAM
Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM
Tamron SP 70-300 USD
Sony A 70-400 G SSM
Sony FE 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G OSS
Sony 70-300 G SSM II
Minolta AF 75-300 "Big Beercan" & D
Minolta AF 100-300 APO & D
Minolta AF 100-400 APO
Sigma 100-400 F5-6.3 DG HSM OS
Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 DG APO OS HSM
Sigma AF 400 F5.6 APO
Minolta AF 500 F8
Sigma 600 F8
Rokinon 800 F8 DX
price paid:1800 USD (new)
positive:Internal zoom and focus
Minimal CA
Minimal focus breathing
Fairly parfocal
Compatible with FE teleconverters
Dust and moisture resistant
Lens Compensation
negative:Size and weight
Slow focusing
Only 400mm at closest focus
comment:This is the most expensive item I've ever bought that wasn't a vehicle or house. I've owned it for over a month now. It is probably about time for a review. This is a large, heavy lens. The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport is a similar price and is larger and heavier and only available via the MC-11. "Made in China"

The tripod foot and rotating collar contributes a good deal of mass and stability to the lens. The rest of the body of the lens is nicely textured beige composite or black rubber. The filter threads seem to be composite. There is rubber bumper around the front of the lens which offers some protection for those who eschew using the hood. Overall I like the build quality. It seems higher quality than the 24-105G.

My initial impression from the first few outings was that is not very sharp. Some more controlled testing shows that it is pretty good. I suspect the 500mm F8 may have been sharper. It compares pretty well with the Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM over their shared range. It has less lateral CA than that Canon. It is sharper than the Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO but a bit dimmer. Nothing else has been comparable.

I like the internal zoom. It is a bit less clumsy than the 70-400G even though it is heavier. Interestingly it shares a front filter size with the Sigma 600mm F8 Mirror.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.92
  • distortion: 4.83
  • flare control: 4.92
  • overall: 4.88 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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