Hands-on with new Sony GM 600mm F4 and G 200-600mm F5.6-6.3
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Hands-on with new Sony GM 600mm F4 and G 200-600mm F5.6-6.3

The G 200-600mm is equipped with optical stabilization, controllable in 3 modes. Mode 1 is standard, suitable for general photography. Mode 2 is specifically for panning, and according to Sony, Mode 3 provides 'optimum stabilization for dynamic sports action'.

This shot also shows the main OSS on/off switch, and the 3-position focus limiter, which helps reduce unwanted lens hunting in situations where you can safely keep the lens within a certain focus range (i.e., capturing birds at a feeder, or aircraft at close to infinity).

The 200-600mm's minimum focus distance is 2.4m (~8 feet). This might not seem impressive, but it's in the same ballpark as other lenses of this type from competitive manufacturers. Autofocus is driven by a linear direct drive SSM motor, which in our time with the lens provides very fast and near-silent AF in normal lighting situations (tested on an a9).