pm-r Posted September 27, 2022 Share Posted September 27, 2022 I have both the 400GM and the 600GM and so you may wonder why I would also use the 200-600G so often. I mean, it's much slower than the 400GM (2 1/3rd stops) and the same focal length as the 600GM but without the eye candy bokeh. So, why then do I find myself reaching for the 200-600G which costs a fraction of the price? Because of it's extreme high level of versatility.When you have used long fast primes for as long as I have, you always bring a second body with a 70-200 on it, so when the action gets close, you can just change cameras and hopefully get what you need. This action, no matter how well-timed, pulls your eye out of the viewfinder and causes you to lose the fight for a few seconds. Also, as I'm a manual shooter, it often means that once I get the shorter zoom lens up to my eye, I have to adjust exposure before I begin tracking the action. All this time away from the viewfinder is dangerous and things can happen in that time. You can miss pictures.So, on one hand, even though the bokeh of the 200-600G at 600mm can't touch the 600GM prime, I often get pictures with the zoom that I would have missed in the changeover when using the big primes. So, like David Byrne asked in the 1980's, "Well, how did I get here?"Bottom line is that if you cannot miss a picture and you are covering a game by yourself and not as part of a team, the 200-600G can make a lot more sense. Furthermore, you will probably get a few frames that other shooters using primes will miss because they are either too tight on the action or the picture happened when they were in transition to the shorter zoom lens. Case in point... I shot a soccer game last Sunday afternoon that started at 2pm. It was a windy day with high clouds so the light was in and out all game. Typically, I keep around 90-100 images from the 60 clock minutes at soccer. My selects ended up at 193. So I had almost 50% more select images from using the zoom vs. my primes. This is significant! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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