I want to begin by saying that I am an amateur photographer who specializes in mountain backpacking photography. This is akin to landscape photography but it is a specialized subset, which requires parsimonious lens and camera selection along with a lightweight backpack. This is because much effort is required to climb over high altitude (Sierra Nevada) mountain passes on multi day hikes.
I received my Sony lens from Hong Kong only two days ago and this morning I went for my usual morning walk in Woodward Park here in Fresno CA. My wife and two airedales went with me also as usual. There was the usual fog down by the San Joaquin River. It is an interesting place where I have seen coyotes, bobcats, deer, and even a mountain lion.
I was curious to know how well the lens would work in early morning light. Sunrise here today was 7:20am. These photos were taken with a Sony A7R with the camera hand held. Except for the photograph of the Egret in the pond that needed to be cropped, I did not retouch any of the photos. The autofocus would not function when in full 240mm zoom until after sunrise . All shots were taken in full "Auto" mode.
My hope at this point is that I can use this lens in the mountains along with a C/Y Zeiss 18mm F4 lens for wider-angle shots. This lens weighs 1.7 pounds and is 3.2” X 4.7”. I carry it in a “ThinkTank Digital Holster 10 V2.0". The well-made holster weighs about a pound and has a built in raincover.
I have included file information on each photograph.
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6:48am 24mm F3.5 1/20 second ISO 6,400
6:54am 90mm F5.6 1/30 ISO 6.400 (Sierra Nevada Mountains In Background)
7:02am 70mm F5 1/160 ISO 3,200
7:12am 24mm F4 1/160 ISO 125
7:15am 172mm F6.3 1/200 ISO 4,000
7:15am 226mm F6.3 1/250 ISO 5,000
7:18am 24mm F4 1/160 ISO 125
7:20am 24mm F4 1/160 ISO 250
7:22am 35mm F8 1/100 ISO 100
7:46am 87mm F5.6 1/160 ISO 320
7:47am 52mm F6.3 1/60 ISO 100
7:48am 240mm F6.3 1/250 ISO 1,000
7:53am 240mm F6.3 1/250 ISO 800