COMPARISON BETWEEN OLYMPUS 300MM PLUS 1.4 TC AND SONY 200-600MM PLUS 2.0TC

This is also a comparison between Full Frame and Micro Four Thirds Systems

Having read a poor review of the Sony 200-600mm lens with the 2x Teleconverter, I decided to do the same comparison as in the review between this combination and the Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f4 lens with the 1.4x Teleconverter (I do not have a 2x Teleconverter for the Olympus)

I believe that both these lenses are excellent and cannot be surpassed in their price ranges.

I also read comments that with lower light levels, and with grey subjects, focussing suffers.

I had noticed an OWL-like subject on my neighbours roof, which has a moving head and grey in colour. I have not a clue why it is there, I will have to ask my neighbour. So while the subject will be of low interest, I thought it would serve the purpose since it was at a good distance away and the sky was cloudy and dull.

ALL PHOTOS ARE HANDHELD

Note: these are JPEG images straight out of the cameras with no processing.

(Sorry I cannot post the RAWs, the maximum size is 25MB and they are double that)

 

Cameras:

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark iii with M.ZUIKO 300mm f4 PRO and M.ZUIKO 1.4x Teleconverter.

Sony A7RIII with FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens and FE 2x Teleconverter.

{.... Hover over photo for Camera Lens and Exposure Details. Click for Larger Image ....}

The images in the composite image are NOT crops, I made this collage in Photoshop, leaving the images their actual size on a canvas, to illustrate the difference in sensor size. 20MP for the Olympus and 42.5MP for the Sony. I just reduced the whole collage to fit in with Facebook limitations. 

I did some previous comparisons - on a sunny day

I did some previous comparisons between long lenses:

Sony A7Riii with FE 100-400mm  f4.5-5.6 OSS G Master Lens @ 400mm

compared with

Sony A7Riii with FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens @ 600mm

compared with

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark iii with M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f4 IS PRO Lens @ 300mm (600mm FF equivalent) 

All photos are taken at the same distance of the Name on my Granddaughter's Tree House. (Someone may with to compare the images for Colour Range and the Overall Image.

All photos are jpegs and are straight out of the cameras.

Sony A7Riii with FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM Lens
1/400sec f8 ISO 640 Aperture Priority. Handheld 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark iii with M.Zuiko 300mm f4 PRO lens at 1/400sec f8 ISO 800 Aperture Priority
Handheld

Sony A7Riii with FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 Lens
1/500sec f8 ISO 800 Aperture Priority. Handheld 

Other photos using the sony 200-600m lens (click on photo to enlarge and use > < to progress through images)

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Sony A7Riii with FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 lens

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Sony A7Riii with FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 lens @600mm 1/1600sec f8 ISO 1000

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Sony A7Riii with FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 lens @582 mm 1/4000 sec f7.1 ISO 1000

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Sony A7Riii with FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 lens

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Camera and lens size comparison. camera, lens and teleconverter (and weight scales)

Weight 2.220kg

Weight 3.557kg

Other photos using the olympus om-d e-m1 mark ii with 300mm f4 pro lens (click on photo to enlarge and use > < to progress through images)

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Goldfinch 1/2000sec f4.5 ISO 640 Shutter Priority

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Greenfinch 1/2000sec f4 ISO 1250 Shutter Priority

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Sparrow 1/1600sec f4 ISO 1250 Shutter Priority

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Goldfinch 1/2000sec f4.5 ISO 640 Shutter Priority

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I have been asked for my conclusions but I think Olympus Users are quite capable of making their own conclusions. I have added additional images on the web page for readers to judge for themselves.

 

If you want my personal opinion, there is not much difference in the two systems, the Sony only wins out because it is Full Frame and the higher resolution can generate larger cropped images.

 

The lens itself has the advantage of being 200-600 compared to fixed 300 (600 in full frame terms). It retails at less than £1600 in the UK compared to the 300mm which is £1000 but the new Olympus 150-400 is £6500 in the UK.

 

Oh, and while you ask, the Sony is faster focusing so I use it for my main obsession which is Trains and Transport and usually I don't have to carry the heavier equipment far. Hope this helps.

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 Brighouse, UK

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