The Ultimate Sony G Master Lens, have you ever wondered what that could be for you? A couple of years ago I purchased the brilliant Sony RX10 IV all in one camera for family holiday photo duties, so that I would not have to lug around my pro gear. I believed then, and I believe now that the RX10 IV is the ultimate all in one camera that does everything extremely well. The Zeiss 24mm-600mm equivalent lens offered all the reach you could desire and was sharp for most of the way up to about 570mm, a which point it tapered off a little. The 24MP 1″ Sensor delivered excellent images and 4K video, it could reel off images at 24 frames per second, and the lens was reasonably bright for what it was.
With Sony’s latest focusing system on board and its relative compactness, the Sony RX10 IV is truly the ultimate travel camera, no exceptions. So why did I get rid of it? I missed the higher pixel count of my then main camera, the Sony A7R II and so I decided to sell the RX10 and buy a travel lens instead. I ended up with the excellent Tamron 28-200mm lens. No, it does not have anywhere near the reach, that was the compromise.
So now that I am in the NSW outback once again, trying to capture some great images to sell through this site, I find myself tiring once again of carrying all this gear. While I left a few lenses at home, I did bring the 16-35mm G Master, the 70-200mm, the 90mm Macro and the most recent purchase, the Sony 200-600mm lens. On top of that I have my new DJI Air 2S drone and all the required chargers and extra batteries. My backpack of gear breaks my back it is so heavy.
I am also finding the Sony 200-600mm lens a beast to use in terms of the weight and sheer bulk. What ever happened to mirrorless cameras offering great compactness?