|210mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 800, cropped to 20% of original size|
One really nice feature of this lens, as with most of Sony's lenses for the E-mount systems, is that it has built-in optical image stabilization. This is readily apparent at high magnification when looking through the viewfinder. As soon as the shutter button is depressed half-way, there is a noticeable drop in image shake. With the stabilization, I could have used a much slower shutter speed in this case.
Contrast in the image, above, has been enhanced in post-processing by blending in a bit of Darktable's highpass module output, and giving it a bump in detail with the local contrast module.
Needless to say, this lens enables wildlife photography. Below, the red-crested cardinal bathes in our fountain, and a male golden plover in breeding season colors struts his stuff in a neighbor's yard.
|Nanook, 136mm, f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 100|
|Nalu, 155mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 100|
|Hono Hono Orchid|
194mm, f/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 800