Where Does the Sony 300m f/2.8 GM Lens Fit for You? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Where Does the Sony 300m f/2.8 GM Lens Fit for You?

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Which of today’s two featured images is the strongest? Why?

One thing about Image #1 does bug me. What is it?

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With a variable south breeze on Friday morning, I had a great session. With a strong NW wind on Saturday morning, and continuing clear skies, things were much more difficult.

I e-mailed a link to the 300mm f/2.8 lens guide yesterday to the nine folks who used one of my affiliate links to purchase this amazing lens.

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This image was created on 5 April 2024 down by the lake near my home in Indian Lake Estates, FL. working from the front seat of my SUV, I used the handheld Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens (Sony E) with the Sony FE 2x Teleconverter and the ridiculously amazing Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera. The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the Thumb Dial. ISO 800: 1/4000 sec. at f/5.6 (wide open) in Manual mode. When evaluated in RawDigger, the raw file brightness was determined to be dead solid perfect. AWB at 8:21:38am on a clear sunny morning.

Tracking Zone/AF-C with Bird Face/Eye detection enabled performed to perfection. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy the high-res version.

Image #1: Cattle Egret grabbing tiny insect

Where Does the Sony 300mm f/2.8 GM Lens Fit?

For me, at this time, the 300 f/2.8 is an auxiliary lens. I still use and love my 600mm f/4 GM, and there are times when I enjoy working at 840mm (with the 1.4X TC) and at 1200mm (with the 2X TC), and making razor sharp images. The 600, however, gets heavier every day and is always a bear to travel with. Will there come a time when I depend more and more on the smaller, lighter 300 f/2.8 that is so much easier to use and to travel with become my workhorse super-telephoto lens? Perhaps, but not right now. I will be taking both the 600 and the 300 with me to North Dakota for my Sharp-tailed Grouse/Prairie Chicken trip.

More Importantly

More importantly, where does the Sony 300m f/2.8 GM lens fit for you? There are about a zillion bird photographers shooting the Sony 200-600mm f/6.3 (at the long end) G lens as their big telephoto. Most are using theirs with an a-1 while a few have stuck with the a9 ii or the original a9. The 200-600 is a very versatile lens. The single biggest drawback is the relatively slow f/6.3 maximum aperture. The question now is, should they be retiring their 200-600 and going with the 300mm f/2.8 as their big gun? The 300 is smaller and well lighter (3.18 lbs. versus 4.65 lbs.). It creates super-sharp images with either the 1.4X or the 2X TC (the latter as seen in today’s featured images). And when working with relatively tame birds (as on most BAA IPTs), the wide apertures — f/2.8 at 300mm, f/4 at 420mm, and f/5.6 at 600mm, are a huge advantage when working in low light. I will be exploring this topic in depth in future blog posts.

I think that with the release of the 300mm f/2.8 GM lens that many more folks will switching to Sony in the near term.

Grabbing a Bug Images

I was astounded at the number of frames the a9 iii captures as the birds were swallowing the tiny bugs. At 120fps, I had perhaps ten with the bug in midair in the bird’s bill. For Image #1, I chose the perfect one with the insect centered in the egret’s open bill. Note also the second sharp insect just behind the claw of the bird’s raised foot.

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The BAA Sony 300mm f/2.8 Lens Guide

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This image was created on 6 April 2024 down by the lake near my home in Indian Lake Estates, FL. Standing outside of SUV, I used the handheld Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens (Sony E) with the Sony FE 2x Teleconverter and the ridiculously amazing Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera. The exposure was determined via Zebra technology with ISO on the Thumb Dial. ISO 2000: 1/1000 sec. at f/6.3 (stopped down 1/-3 stop in error) in Manual mode. When evaluated in RawDigger, the raw file brightness was determined to be dead solid perfect. AWB at 7:54:27am on a clear sunny morning.

Tracking Zone/AF-C with Bird Face/Eye detection enabled performed to perfection. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy the high-res version.

Image #2: Bald Eagle recently fledged juvenile looking back

Fledged and Flying but Not Gone

The new eagle nest is so cluttered that I have not even attempted to make a singe photograph of the chicks. Last week, they were both flapping like crazy in their re-located nest so I knew they would be fledging soon. They had begun branching the week before. On Friday, both adults and the two very large chicks were at the nest tree. This morning when I drove by there were no birds eat the nest.

As I drove around on the South Field, I spotted the two young eagles low down in a pine tree on the edge of the canal. I got out of my vehicle, adjusted the exposure to get lots of Zebras on the sky (to ensure lots of detail in the dark tones of the plumage), and made a few images. When this bird pushed off to take flight, the branch it was perched on split off the tree with a very loud crack! Its nest-mate followed as they flew directly to the nest tree.

With perched birds on sunny days with NW winds you need to wait for a look-back head angle. As above.


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10 comments to Where Does the Sony 300m f/2.8 GM Lens Fit for You?

  • Barry Barfield

    Sony 300mm lens where does it fit?
    For me also, it will serve as my easy to carry 300/420/600mm overseas with both extenders. From Australia, International airlines are not easy to deal with when carrying my 600f4 lens. I am 76 years old now and carrying can be a chore anyway.
    But also, in poor light at 300 f2.8 or 420 f4, it is so much better than the 200-600m f6.3. Just have to adapt to the shorter reach.

  • Perhaps it’s the two merged toes rather than the toe against the leg, but I only noticed on a second or third look, and it doesn’t detract from the great insect capture. Interesting that fledging eaglets and cattle egrets just showed up here too.

    Typo: eat the nest.

  • Artie
    I know your not a fan of shadows and that could be the bug that is bugging you on the top of it’s left leg.
    Overall i love the photo and the bugs are sweet you get an at-a-boy 🙂
    Always with love b

  • James Spilman

    As always thanks for all you do Artie….just wondering where your 400 2.8 fits in your lens bag?

  • I like the perfect placement of the insect between the mandibles, and also the fact you kept the other insect in, near the leg. I’m thinking the thing that bugs you is the egret standing on the far side of the knoll, rather than directly on top.

  • You would like foot and leg separated so they don’t look merged like the telephone pole coming out of a head?

  • Joel Eade

    In your opening you typed “one thing about image 31 does bug me”….. looks like you missed the shift key for #1

    I think what might bug you is how the toe of the foot in front lines up and partially blocks the leg behind it.

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