Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 10   
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
Sharpness
Minimal CA
Minimal focus breathing
Fairly parfocal
Compatible with FE teleconverters
Dust and moisture resistant
Lens Compensation
negative:Size and weight
Price
Slow focusing
F5.6-6.3
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.
reviewer#45620 date: Dec-12-2020
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony FE 600mm F4 GM
Sigma 60-600 (in Canon mount via MC-11 adaptator)
price paid:1800€ (new)
positive:-ligthweight for 600mm
-very smooth focus ring (just with one finger)
-speed AF
-internal zoom
-"just" 95mm filter
-(full compatibility with Sony TC)
negative:-lack of sharpness
-white body color (very subjective)
-a little bit too long (not possible to put in my backpack if mounted on camera)
comment:I tried 4 copies of Sony 200-600 on my A7R4 in the attention to replace my Sigma 60-600 (non native) and also to use with Sony TC. Unfortunately the lower sharpness made me give up.
I tried also the excellent Sony 600 F4 but the price is too much for me.
reviewer#45561 date: Aug-4-2020
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 70-400 G SSM (version 1)
price paid:RRP The Netherlands
positive:Reach, zoom range. Solid Build. Nice finish. Very ergonomic, a pleasure to use. Zoom and manual focus is very smooth, fingertip operation. Focuses very well. OSS is magical, keepers galore.
negative:Not the fastest kid on the block at f/6.3 on the long end, but I accept the compromise as faster is bigger and more expensive.

Drop-in filters would have been nice. No way I'll get a polarizer for this filter size
comment:It replaces the A-mount 70-400 G SSM that I used through LA-EA3 adaptor on A7Rii. That combination was never ideal.

Bought the FE 200-600 with A7iii for superior AF and it delivers.

It is bigger than I imagined but just fits the backpack with camera attached which makes it OK.
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)
positive:Sharp
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.
reviewer#44487 date: Mar-27-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Minolta 400 4.5 G HS
Minolta 200 2.8 G HS
price paid:1940€
positive:Long reach
I use it handhold
Not expensive
Very sharp
Very good optical IS with 3 modes
Fast, silent and accurate AF
Very solid build and very good ergonomics
It shows very good macro performance (0.2 mag)at 600 mm and 2.5 meter distance. AF is very fast and accurate for macro work.
Internal focusing, internal zoom, silent AF in combination with silent shutter mode make it an absolute stealthy combo for wildlife
negative:The T number at f=600mm is more 7.1 than 6.3
In general good bokeh, but it‘s a zoom lens and my old Minolta 400 4.5 G has the better bokeh
comment:Highley recommended wild life, outdoor, birding lens
For BIF and fast sport you will need good light
I use it on a A7r3

reviewer#44453 date: Jan-7-2020
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:Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD (A-mount)
Sony AF 4-5.6/70-400 SSM G (A-mount)
+ various others
price paid:1979.10 € (new)
positive:+ nice focal length range
+ internal zoom and focus
+ fast autofocus
+ works with teleconverters
negative:- aperture wise slow
- zoom ring moves easily
- minimum focus distance quite long
- not the smallest and lightest lens
comment:Nice supertelephoto zoom, that offers good image quality in fine reasonably compact form. Of course, since this is only rated F5.6-6.3, in low light this isn't the best possible lens, but in good light it works like a charm.
reviewer#44428 date: Nov-18-2019
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:Minolta 600mmG, Minolta 300mm f2.8 APO, Minolta 200mm f2.8HSG, SAL70400G, Minolta 400 HSG
price paid:2900CAD
positive:Light, fast AF
negative:F6.3, poor bokeh, not a prime, E-mount
comment:Due to back issues I have had to let go of my very heavy Minolta 600G in favour of this lighter lens. Thus far, I am very happy with the perfomance. The bokeh and image quality is not as good a the Minolta, but is good enough.
reviewer#44363 date: Aug-30-2019
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:FE 100-400 GM
price paid:SEK23 490 (≈$2 391)
positive:Reach (why I bought it)
Sharp, just a tad below the FE 100-400mm GM
very fast AF.
Internal zoom! Short turn from Min to Max. Easy to turn with just a finger.
f5,6-6.3, just a 1/3 stop from 200-600mm, wish it had been f4-5.6 or so though, at the cost of weight... and price.
Very good built quality.
negative:Well, if any, kind of heavy with a7R III and the battry-grip (a must for handling) , but rather that than not of this quality.
The included lens-strap is an ordinarie camerastrap, and is to short and to narrow and no padding for the neck/shoulder. (cheap Sony, cheap). Found a much better one at a website.
comment:A super great lens to use, can't wait to try it my new a7R IV (soon), with faster IBIS.
Works great with the 1.4x TC and still be used handheld, even tho I recommend using a monopod at least. (that's on me as I'm old and not so steady hands anymore).
Works with the 2x TC too, but really hard to keep steady at 1200mm, even tried with monopod, but a tad dark at the time so at 1/40s... you guess, will redo that one...


One have to copy the links below and paste them on a texteditor, select and right click and open URL. Have no idea why links don't work here???
Some test shots (non scientific) here:
www.flickr.com/photos/cekari/albums/72157710088033441

Real shots of running and jumping horses (other lenses was used as well) here:
www.flickr.com/photos/cekari/albums/72157710550088656
reviewer#44352 date: Aug-19-2019
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 70-400 G1 AND G2
price paid:£1800
positive:FAST FOCUSING, VERY SHARP AND INTERNAL ZOOM
negative:THE ZOOM RING IS EASILY KNOCKED INADVERTENTLY.
comment:I USE THIS LENS WITH MY A7III AND I'M AMAZED AT THE VERY HIGH PERCENTAGE OF IN FOCUS SHOTS
reviewer#44338 date: Jul-27-2019
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:FE 100-400
Canon EF 600 f4 IS L II with 2X TC
price paid:2200 USD
positive:Long reach and sharpness, plus can use 2X TC and still able to have good AF (use with A9 and A7rIII)
negative:Quite long compare to FE 100-400
comment:Great to have a lens that can reach 1200mm ( with 2X TC) and can still AF fast. Suppose can still have eye AF and animal eye AF when use with A9 (But A9's firmware for animal eye AF is not available as of the time of the review). In the past, the only 1200mm reach with good AF is Canon 1Dx with EF 600 f4 IS L II with 2X TC
reviews found: 10   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.90
  • distortion: 4.90
  • flare control: 4.90
  • overall: 4.89

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