Opinion of 200-600G on an a6500

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maccam Senior Member • Posts: 1,114
Opinion of 200-600G on an a6500

I have the 100-400GM which I used almost exclusively with the 1.4TX. Great combo which got me out to 840mm in 35mm terms. I just received the 200-600G. I was a bit concerned about the close focusing distance of just under 8 feet as apposed to the close focusing distance of just over 3 feet with the 100-400.

The 200-600 is sharp. I was worried about hand-hold-ability of the heavier and larger 200-600 over the 100-400. I've had it out 3 times now for birds; mostly water birds that don't like you close to them and it is hand holdable. I'm a 67 year old guy and if I can do it, you can too.

About the close focusing distance issue: at this time of year in Northern Ohio it is Monarch butterfly migration time. Since the close focusing distance of the 100-400 is far better for bugs and flowers I used it instead of the 200-600 for Monarchs so that is an issue for me.

I feel the 200-600 is sharper but I only have 100-400 photos (for the most part) used with the 1.4TX to compare to.

My bottom line is I'm keeping them both but I will never have both of them out at the same time.

About the teleconverters: I have both the 1.4x and the 2.0x. The 1.4x on the 100-400 is plenty sharp. the 2.0x on the 100-400 is not very sharp. Haven't tried either on the 200-600 and I don't think I would try to hand hold either of them.

just my .02


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