that zoom

background // My growing collection of glass is missing a proper long lens.  This is a costly hole to fill, so I took the first step of renting a lens (lensrental.com).  My choice was the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens (Amazon / B&H), which I promptly took on a weekend excursion to the Grand Canyon.

quick take // The lens is not exactly discreet and drew several comments from the other amateur photographers at the overlook.  The lens is heavy but very easy to operate.  I had no problems switching between AF/MF modes, when in AF the focus ring still acted as a manual override.  Trying to nail focus handheld at 200mm f/2.8 is impossible, but with the assistance of a monopod, it was much doable.  The long reach combined with excellent resolution and the 24.3MP sensor of the a6000 allow for significant cropping if the intent is to grab images meant for social media.

samples //

a6000 - FE 70-200 f2.8 GM >> 1/100 - f/2.8 - 70mm - ISO 400

a6000 - FE 70-200 f2.8 GM >> 1/500 - f/2.8 - 200mm - ISO 100

a6000 - FE 70-200 f2.8 GM >> 1/400 - f/2.8 - 70mm - ISO 400