Is the SONY Alpha 1/200-600 G Lens Combo Right for You? And When Higher is Better Than Lower … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Is the SONY Alpha 1/200-600 G Lens Combo Right for You? And When Higher is Better Than Lower ...

Twelve SONY 200-600 G Lenses in Stock at Bedfords!

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What’s Up?

I did well down by the lake on Monday morning with two seven-month old Sandhill Cranes (and their parents) and a pair of fly-by Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in sweet light. Tuesday morning you ask? Not so good; I kept a very few images of a young Turkey Vulture. I spent most of the day working on and sending the Info Letter for the sold-out 2022 Homer Bald Eagle IPT. On Tuesday, I was glad to learn of the sale of Anke Frohlich’s SONY a9.

Today is Wednesday 13 October 2021.

If You Are On The Fence About Joining the Third DeSoto IPT …

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I created this image on 7 October 2021, the third morning of the 2nd DeSoto IPT. I used the hand held Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (at 600mm) and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless digital camera. ISO 500. Exposure determined via Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/4000 sec. at f/7.1 (stopped down 1/3 stop) in Manual mode. RawDigger showed that this image exposure was dead-solid perfect; the only Ov-Exp pixels were in the specular highlights of the water droplets. AWB at 11:48am on dead-clear morning.

Tracking: Zone/AF-C Bird/Eye Detection AF was active at the moment exposure and performed perfectly. Click on the image to view a hi-res version.

Image #1: Sandwich Tern bathing

When Higher is Better Than Lower …

I got tired of making superb flight images of the incoming terns (as seen in the recent blog posts here and in my YouTube Video here). I was so bored that I pulled out the rear screen and put the lens on my ankle to create some low level images of the isolated Royal Terns that were very close to us. When I noticed a single Sandwich Tern from the middle of the flock walk into the surf, I called it out to the rest of the group.

Had I continued to work at ground level I would have been dead; there would have been dozens of birds between me and the single bathing bird. I took the lens off my ankle and sat up as tall as I could. That allowed me to just clear the heads of the intervening terns and get a clear shot at the single Sandwich Tern bathing in the Gulf.

It was a close call, but Image #1 was my favorite from a long series. Check out the short video below to see the rest of the best.

Best of the Best

See how I selected a singe image from 18 keepers created in less than a singe minute in the Picking the Best of the Best video by clicking the play button above.

I created this image on 7 October 2021, the third morning of the 2nd DeSoto IPT. I used the hand held Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (at 600mm) and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless digital camera. ISO 500. Exposure determined via Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/4000 sec. at f/7.1 (stopped down 1/3 stop) in Manual mode. RawDigger showed that this image exposure was dead-solid perfect; the only Ov-Exp pixels were in the specular highlights of the water droplets. AWB at 11:48am on dead-clear morning.

Tracking: Zone/AF-C Bird/Eye Detection AF was active at the moment exposure and performed perfectly. Click on the image to view a hi-res version.

Image #1A: An unsharpened tight crop of the Sandwich Tern bathing image

Is the SONY 1/200-600 G Lens/SONY Alpha 1 Combo Right for You?

Bedfords has 12 SONY 200-600s in Stock Right Now!

Is the SONY 1/200-600 G Lens/SONY Alpha 1 combo right for you?

If you are interested in a relatively lightweight, hand hold-able for most, super-sharp, astoundingly versatile rig that is the world’s best rig for photographing birds in flight and in action, I would have to answer yes. Use my B&H links above or go with Bedfords to save 3% and enjoy free second day air shipping and you earn a free pass into my Sony Alpha 1 Info and Updates e-mail group. Both items are hard to get but the pipeline is opening. Steve Elkins shipped a load of Alpha 1 bodies last week so his wait list is fairly short right now. Amazingly, Bedford’s has twelve 200-600s in stock right now!

Yikes, I forgot to mention 30 fps and the superb performance with the 1.4X teleconverter.

Sony Alpha 1 AF and Image Quality

With Bird/Eye Detection set up properly, SONY’s various Tracking AF modes are simply science-fiction like. And as seen in Image #1A above, image quality, fine detail, and color are superb. Yesterday, while doing second edits on some older folders with SONY a1 images, I realized for the first time how much better then color is with the Alpha 1 …

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