I recently setup a bird feeder in our back yard. Within a couple of days I recorded about a dozen different species. We even had a pair of Mallards taking up residence in our backyard for about a week.
The few shots here, were taken with a Sony SEL50F18 prime (probably the sharpest lens under $250) on an Alpha A6000. They were all taken from the same spot, behind a glass window about 5 yards away from the feeder.
The pictures are best described as postage stamp-sized crops. Really, a tiny fraction of the captured field of view.
Despite all that, the photos are reasonably sharp. However, there's always room for improvement, and I figured that at 210mm even my forever-shelved SEL55210 would get better results...
Not the case. The last shot is the sharpest (by quite a margin) out of about 20 shots I took with the SEL55210 at maximum focal length. It was taken from the same spot as the photos taken with the prime lens and for both lenses the speed was set to f/4.0. Cropped to a scale similar to the shots taken with the prime lens, it is about 4 times the size. What good is a 200mm telephoto if it can't beat a 50mm crop?
Anyone know if a fixed 200mm E-mount exists? Top to bottom: -Gold-Crowned Sparrows -House Finches and American Gold Finches -Western Scrub-Jay + Squirrel -Black-Capped Chickadees -House FinchCorrection:
I checked EXIF data again and the SEL55210 shots were taken at f/6.3.