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Sony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens Operating Instructions

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About SONY
Sony was founded in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita, originally as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. The company started with a focus on producing innovative consumer electronics, such as radios and tape recorders, and later expanded into various other areas, including televisions, audio equipment, cameras, video game consoles, and mobile devices.

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This instruction manual explains how to use lenses. Precautions common to all lenses such as notes on use are found in the separate “Precautions before using*. Be sure to read both documents before using your lens.

This lens is designed for Sony a camera system E-mount cameras. You cannot use it on A-mount cameras. The FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS is compatible with the range of a 35mm format image sensor. A camera equipped with a 35mm format image sensor can also be set to shoot at APS-C size. For details on how to set your camera, refer to its instruction manual.

For further compatibility information, visit the website Sony in your area, or consult your dealer of Sony or the local authorized service facility of Sony.

For Customers in the U.S.A.

For questions regarding your product or for the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-800-222-SONY (7669).

Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity

  • Trade Name: SONY
  • Model: SEL200600G
  • Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Address: 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
  • Telephone Number: 858-942-2230

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and 
  2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Notes on Use

  • Do not leave the lens exposed to the sun or a bright light source. Internal malfunction of the camera body and lens, smoke, or a fire may result due to the effect of light focusing. If circumstances necessitate leaving the lens in sunlight, be sure to attach the lens caps.
  • When shooting against the sun, keep the sun completely out of the angle of view. Otherwise, solar rays may be concentrated at a focal point inside the camera, causing smoke or a fire, keeping the sun slightly out of the angle of view may also cause smoke or a fire.
  • When carrying a camera with the lens attached, always firmly hold both the camera and the lens.
  • This lens is not water-proof, although designed with dust-proofness and splash-proofness in mind. If using in the rain etc., keep water drops away from the lens.
  • While a camera with the lens attached is turned off, the internal components of the lens may be put in motion. This, however, does not indicate a malfunction.
  • When storing or carrying this lens, prevent it from dropping. During shooting, use a sturdy tripod with it.

Precautions on using a flash

  • You cannot use a built-in camera flash with this lens.

Vignetting

  • When using the lens, the corners of the screen become darker than the center. To reduce this phenomenon (called vignetting), close the aperture by 1 to 2 stops.

A) Identifying the PartsSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 1

  1. Lens hood index
  2. Zooming ring
  3. Focal-length index (gray)
  4. Focusing ring
  5. Tripod collar ring index (gray)
  6. Lens contacts*
  7. Tripod collar ring
  8. Focus-hold button
  9. Focal-length scale
  10. Tripod collar ring index (gray)
  11. Tripod collar ring-locking knob
  12. Focus-mode switch
  13. Focus-range limiter
  14. Lens mounting index
  15. Lens mount rubber ring
  16. SteadyShot switch
  17. SteadyShot mode switch 
  18. Tripod collar (detachable) 
  19. Lens hood
  20. Tripod collar release lever
  21. Tripod collar-locking knob

Do not touch the lens contacts.

B) Attaching/Detaching the Lens To attach the lens (See illustration B-1)Sony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 2

  1. Remove the rear and front lens caps and the camera body cap.
    You can attach/detach the front lens cap in two ways, (1) and (2). When you attach/detach the lens cap with the lens hood attached, use method (2).
  2. Align the white dot on the lens barrel with the white dot on the camera (mounting index), then insert the lens into the camera mount and rotate it clockwise until it locks.
  • Do not press the lens release button on the camera when mounting the lens.
  • Do not mount the lens at an angle.

To remove the lens See illustration B-2)Sony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 3


While holding down the lens release button on the camera, rotate the lens counterclockwise until it stops, then detach the lens.

C) Using the TripodSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 4

When using a tripod, attach it to the tripod collar of the lens, not to the tripod receptacle of the camera.

To change the vertical/horizontal position

Loosen the tripod collar ring-locking knob on the tripod collar (1) and rotate the camera in either direction. The camera can be quickly switched between vertical and horizontal positions while maintaining stability when using a tripod.

  • Gray dots (tripod collar ring indexes) are located at 90° intervals on the collar ring. Align a gray dot on the tripod collar ring with the gray dot (tripod collar ring index) on the lens to adjust the camera position precisely (2).
  • Tighten the tripod collar-locking knob firmly after the camera position is set
  • The tripod collar ring may hit the camera body or accessory when rotated, depending on the camera or accessory model. For more information on compatibility with cameras and accessories, visit the website of Sony for your area.

Detaching and attaching the tripod collar Detaching the tripod collar See illustration C 3))

The tripod collar can be detached from the lens when not using a tripod.

  1. Remove the lens from the camera. 
    See ” B Attaching/Detaching the Lens” for details.
  2. Rotate the tripod collar-locking knob counterclockwise to loosen it 1.
  3. While pressing the tripod collar release lever 2, detach the tripod collar in the direction of arrow 3.
  • If you detach the tripod collar without removing the lens from the camera, the tripod collar may hit the camera body or accessory. We recommend you remove the lens from the camera before detaching the tripod collar.
  • When removing the tripod collar from the tripod collar ring, the tripod screw holes become exposed on the tripod collar ring. Do not attach a tripod or monopod to the tripod screw hole. If you do that, you will damage the screw hole. Then you will not be able to attach the tripod collar to the tripod collar ring.

Attaching the tripod collar

  1. Slide the tripod collar to the mount of the tripod collar ring until it clicks.
  2. Rotate the tripod collar-locking knob clockwise firmly to set it.
    Be sure that the tripod collar-locking knob is set firmly. If the tripod collar-locking knob is not set firmly, the lens may fall off the tripod collar.

D) Attaching the lens strapSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 5

Before carrying around the lens, attach the lens strap to the lens.

  • To prevent the lens from dropping, be sure to attach the lens strap properly so that the lens strap will not come loose from the lens.
  • When carrying around the camera with the lens attached, be sure to grasp the lens strap on the lens, not the one on the camera.

E) Attaching the Lens HoodSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 6

It is recommended that you use a lens hood to reduce flare and ensure maximum image quality. Align the red line on the lens hood with the red line on the lens (lens hood index), then insert the lens hood into the lens mount and rotate it clockwise until it clicks into place and the red dot on the lens hood is aligned with the red line on the lens hood index)

  • When using an external flash (sold separately), remove the lens hood to avoid blocking the flashlight.
  • When storing, fit the lens hood onto the lens backward (2).

F) ZoomingSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 7

Rotate the zooming ring to the desired focal length.

G) FocusingSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 8

  • The focus-mode switch of this lens does not function with some camera models. For further compatibility information, visit the website Sony in your area, or consult your dealer of Sony or the local authorized service facility of Sony.

To switch AF (auto focus)/MF (manual focus)

The focus mode can be switched between AF and MF on the lens. For AF photography, both the camera and lens should be set to AF. For MF photography, either or both the camera or lens should be set to MF.

To set the focus mode on the lens Slide the focus-mode switch to the appropriate mode, AF or MF (1).

  • Refer to the camera manuals to set the focus mode of the camera.
  • In MF, turn the focusing ring to adjust the focus (2) while looking through the viewfinder, etc.

To use a camera equipped with an AF/MF control button 

  • By pressing the AF/M control button during AF operation, you can temporarily switch to MF.
  • Pressing the AF/M control button during MF operation lets you temporarily switch to AF if the lens is set to AF and the camera to MF.

H) Using SteadyShotSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 9

SteadyShot switch

  • ON: Compensate for camera shake.
  • OFF: Does not compensate for camera shake. We recommend setting the SteadyShot switch to OFF when shooting with a tripod.

SteadyShot mode switch
Set the SteadyShot switch to ON, and set the SteadyShot mode switch.

  • MODE1: Compensate for normal camera shake.
  • MODE2: Compensate for camera shake when panning moving subjects.
  • MODE3: Compensate for camera shake to minimize framing disturbances. This helps you to keep up with fast and irregularly moving subjects for photography, for example, in sports games.

I) Using focus-hold buttonsSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 10

  • The focus-hold button of this lens does not function with some camera models. For further compatibility information, visit the website Sony in your area, or consult your dealer of Sony or the local authorized service facility of Sony.
  • This lens has 3 focus-hold buttons. Press the focus-hold button in AF to cancel AF. The focus is fixed and you can release the shutter on the fixed focus. Release the focus-hold button while pressing the shutter button halfway to start AF again.

J) Switching Focus Range (AF range)Sony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 11

The focus-range limiter enables you to reduce the AF time. This is useful when the subject’s distance is definite.

Slide the focus-range limiter to select the focus range.

  • FULL: You can adjust the focus from the minimum focusing distance to infinity.
  • 10m-2.4m: You can adjust the focus from 10 m (32.81 feet) to 2.4 m (7.88 feet).
  • c-10m: You can adjust the focus from 10 m (32.81 feet) to infinity.

SpecificationsSony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens-fig 12

For further information on compatibility with the tele converter (sold separately) and specifications used with the tele converter, visit the website of Sony in your area, or consult your dealer of Sony or the local authorized service facility of Sony. 

  • This is the equivalent focal length in 35mm format when mounted on an Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera equipped with an APS-C-sized image sensor.
  • The angle of view 1 is the value for 35mm cameras, and the angle of view 2 is the value for Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras equipped with an APS-C-sized image sensor.
  • Minimum focus is the distance from the image sensor to the subject.
  • Depending on the lens mechanism, the focal length may change with any change in shooting distance. The focal lengths given above assume the lens is focused at infinity.

Included items
(The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.)

  • Lens (1),
  • Front lens cap (1),
  • Rear lens cap (1),
  • Tripod collar (1),
  • Lens hood (1),
  • Lens case (1),
  • Lens strap (1),
  • Set of printed documentation

Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice. O and G are trademarks of Sony Corporation.

FAQS About Sony FE 200-600mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens

What is the Sony 200/600’s minimum focus distance?

2.4m

The Sony 200/600 lens weighs how much?

74.7 oz.

What is the Sony 200–600’s zoom range?

1200mm or 840mm

How far can the attention be focused?

All normal lenses can focus at a maximum distance of infinity.

Sony 200/600 is full-frame, right?

Optical SteadyShot 6-6.3 G OSS Full-frame Telephoto Zoom Lens.

How clear is the Sony 200 600?

At f/5.6 (f/6.3), the sharpness is excellent in the wider center.

The Sony 200/600 was released when?

June 11, 2019

How many kilograms does a Sony 200 600 weigh?

The 200-600 is 318mm length and 2.1kg (4.9lbs) in weight.

Can you carry a Sony 200/600 in your hand?

The 200-600 mm is still completely graspable.

What is the Sony 200/600 reproduction ratio?

It provides a staggering 1:1.5 (0.66) reproduction ratio for super closeups at 8′ (2.4m) at 600mm!

The Sony 200/600 has OSS, right?

6-6.3 G OSS.

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