In my quest to ‘carry less gear’ when I am travelling, I bought the two Tamron lenses, the 35-150mm and the 150-500mm. Both were excellent lenses, but they were still heavy and not the Sony Holy Grail Lenses I had hoped for. Yes, they weighed less than the Sony 200-600mm and all the other lenses I was carrying, but the 150-500mm in particular was a bit of a beast. The 35-150mm, is still I think, the best all in one lens for Sony. It was brilliantly sharp and images off it looked great, but it too was a tad heavy, and became a little tiring when switching from it to the 150-500mm all the time.
I was so intent on getting lighter gear, I came very close to switching away from Sony, to a new Fujifilm Camera that offered a lighter ‘system’ option. I would be compromising on pixel count, but gaining a lighter weight ‘system’, and that is the key here, it is about what the entire system is capable of, and it is one of the huge benefits of having a camera with over 60 megapixels of resolution. This huge resolution allows me to post crop and gain greater ‘virtual’ lens reach by doing so.
I had my Sony gear for sale, and sold a few pieces, and then I noticed something. That something was the new Sony 70-200mm G Master II lens, and in particular its weight. It was significantly lighter than the previous G Master and lighter than my then current Sony 70-200mm G Lens, but the new G Master on its own does not solve my problem of reach.