Sony has just announced their new super telephoto prime (600mm f/4) and zoom (200 – 600mm f/5.-6.3). Of course, the 600mm f/4 is completely outside of the budget of anyone except the wealthy or the dedicated professional photographer (~$13,000). But the 200 – 600mm zoom is $2,000 which is possible. What I’m thinking of doing is renting the 200 – 600 and the 100 – 400 zooms and using the Sony 1.4X and 2X teleconverters compare the quality of the images between the zooms. After all, a 100 – 400mm zoom is a pretty useful thing whereas the 200 – 600 zoom is a beast. Now, the 100 – 400 is actually $500 more expensive than the 200 – 600 so I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that the 100 – 400 could match the 200 – 600. Either way it’ll be an interesting experiment. The 200 – 600 comes out in August stay tuned.
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Our wacky friends at Sonyalpharumors have an SR4 (almost a certainty) alert out about a new lens that they think will be a long telephoto 400 – 600 range).
(SR4) Sony likely to announce a new new wildlife/sports lens on June 5/6!
I find that very interesting. I’m in the market for a long lens and I have toyed with the idea of getting the Sigma 150 – 600 but I’d love to see Sony give us a native lens. I figure the native autofocus would be amazing. What might also be amazing (in a bad way) is the price. Sony lenses have e a pretty stiff premium and anything north of $4K would start seeming exorbitant even to me. But I’d still rent it to try it out so bring it!
Sonyalpharumors.com has a photo of this new pro sports lens discovered out in the wild (https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sony-400mm-f-2-8-versus-canon-lens/) . At over $10,000 each probably the only buyers will be pro sports shooters (and a few old rich guys, of course). Looks like Sony is serious about the sports market. I’m guessing at some point if the market materializes for them they’ll put out a 600mm f/4. Of course, they might get some competition from sigma. They’ve got some telephotos and unlike with wide angles the long lenses would easily adapt onto the e-mount with no need to change the lens formula. Should be an interesting situation for the Canon and Nikon pros. I’m sure being able to use the no-blackout, 20 frames per second A9 for football or soccer would be a very tempting choice for the guys who do that for a living. Good work Sony. Now let them come out with the A7 III. I hope it has the same good autofocus as the A9.