Yard Birds at 5.6 - 11 Aug 2022
Never in my wildest dreams. I had the opportunity to try out a Sony 600mm f/4 GM lens with the 1.4TC in the yard. Wow, this lens is everything and more. Not only is it the lightest of the big primes (compared to Canon and Nikon) but it feels quite comfortable to hand-hold. And the focus is fast! With plenty of positive reviews there is no wonder that this lens is a dream purchase of all Sony wildlife photographers.
I will say the 15' mininum focusing distance is a bit of a downer. I spent a few minutes in the prairie and was unable to focus on any butterflies because they were too close. So, I gave the yard birds a try.
Its been awhile. It was sunny and warm with little humidity. The hint of autumn is approaching. Mourning Doves were basking in the mulch under the feeders and this fella posed nicely atop the neighbor's roof next door.
I had been worried that such a lens would inhibit my ability to move around in the field. How would I carry it? How heavy is it to hand-hold? Can I ride my bike at Pt. Mouillee with it? Will I be forced to leave my scope at home? Well, the answer to all of these questions were in the positive!
I needed to check how transportable the lens is, so I mounted the bike with my Cotton Carrier harness, the a1/600mm lens, a 100-400mm lens and Sony a9 attached to the side holster, binoculars, and scope/tripod/backpack. I made a short ride out to the ponds in front of Bridgewater and found that the entire 30+ pounds of added weight were nicely balanced and allowed freedom to pedal and steer!
A pair of Double-crested Cormorants were on the grass and offered some nice, creamy-smooth images even in low-light and at ISO 3200.
Must. Keep. Lens.