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Sony A1 Animal Eye AF with the Sony FE 200-600mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS, Tigger and a Safely-Away Western Bluebird

Note that these and other pages are as much lens assessments as Sony A1 assessments.

This page looks at animal Eye AF (all images) of the Sony A1 with Tigger on the prowl in the spring greenery using the Sony FE 200-600mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS handheld and on a tripod, with optical image stabilization enabled.

Sony A1 Animal Eye AF: Tigger on the Prowl, Spring Green (Sony FE 200-600mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS)

Includes numerous images up to full camera resolution.

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Tigger Scanning for Prey
f8 @ 1/400 sec IS=on EyeAF=Animal, ISO 2000; 2021-03-23 18:44:22
Sony A1 + Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS @ 374mm
RAW: LACA corrected, +20 Whites, +20 Dehaze, +10 Clarity, Chroma NR {8}

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Eeraj Q writes:

Great coverage on the Sony A1 and 600/F4. Tigger is a now a favorite in my household, esp. with my daughter who just loved the “Tigger at a fast trot with fresh juicy gopher for dinner” shot. Apart from great technical image quality (A1 + 600/F4), we also admired Tigger's intense focus (no pun intended) in some of the shots - clearly a no-nonsense cat.

Re. Zoom vs. Primes and the comment on Galen Rowell and his lens choices. My take is that if the conditions are so hazardous that a lens change is impossible and one still desires top quality, take a small prime and call it a day. There are other more important things to worry about on a slippery, wet mountain hike than trying to fiddle with a zoom. As you point out, your work with the M10M + the 24 Elmar and ZM 35 F1.4 shows the power of small primes.

Your "Climbing Mt Dana" series with the Leica Q is another great example of a single focal length put to excellent use with images that draw the viewer in. Solid images, great colors in that series. No zoom needed.

Continuing the zoom vs prime thread - take a FF body + a small prime (or a Leica Q or similar) in your favorite focal length and throw in a Sony RX100VI for longer tele shots on hikes where every gram counts. The RX100VI is a gem with an astounding IQ/(weight, size) ratio, 24-200 in your pocket with IQ that can rival larger sensors when used within its limits.

Good work, eager to see more.

DIGLLOYD: I’m fascinated by Tigger—he grew up feral and stayed healthy until he found us. He exhibits all the wild behaviors you might see of his larger cousins, which I find fascinating. He lives in his wild world part of the day and in our home for security parts of the day.

Tiger at a fast trot with fresh juicy gopher for dinner
f6.3 @ 1/320 sec handheld EyeAF=Human, ISO 12800; 2021-03-22 18:59:35
Sony A1 + Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS @ 571mm
RAW: LACA corrected, +20 Whites, USM {10,50,0}

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