Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS review

Sony’s new super-telephoto zoom aims to supersize your reach without weighing you down (too much)...

5 Star Rating
Sony FE 200-600mm lens review
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

When you’re shooting wildlife, birds, aircraft or sporting action and you can’t get as close as you might like, this lens really covers the distance. Designed for Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras, it picks up the baton from the prestigious FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master OSS, extending the telephoto reach by 50 per cent, with virtually no compromise in all-round performance.


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    Mighty telephoto reach

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    Excellent build and image quality

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    Effective triple-mode optical stabilizer


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    Necessarily big and weighty

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    Aperture narrows to f/6.3 at the long end

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    Large 95mm filter thread

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Tamron and Sigma make high-performance 150-600mm zooms for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The Tamron is also available in Sony A-mount option, whereas Sigma’s MC-11 mount adaptor enables use of its 150-600mm Contemporary and Sports lenses on Sony E-mount bodies. This new lens from Sony is a more ideal fit, designed specifically for E-mount cameras.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.