In 2019, Sony released the well-received FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens. Although it comes with a lower price tag and a longer focal length than the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS, the overlap in other areas can make deciding between the two a challenge.
In this comparison review from PhotoRec TV, Toby Gelston takes an in-depth look at both of these Sony telephoto zoom lenses to determine their strengths and weaknesses in both optics and practicality. In addition, Gelston also throws the Sony FE 1.4x teleconverter into the mix as an add-on for the 100-400mm to see whether the now 560mm f/8 is a comparable alternative to the 200-600mm.
While I’m “Team 200-600” through and through as a bird photographer, I can admit that most of the other people I talk to and have used both as well are more impressed with the 100-400mm for its sharper image, better autofocus, and smaller size. Although I find the 1.4x teleconverter on the 200-600mm to be a little too soft and slow, I’ve heard nothing but good things from photographers putting in on their Sony 100-400mm lenses.
Have you used one or both of these Sony lenses? What are your thoughts between the two? Let us know in the comments below.