Sony RX10 Mark IV is For the Birds
Sony RX10 Mark IV at full lens extension The other day when we were talking about the new Nikon P1000 that only extends to a mere 3000mm-e, not one but two commenters mentioned the Sony RX10 Mark IV as a...
Sony RX10 Mark IV at full lens extension The other day when we were talking about the new Nikon P1000 that only extends to a mere 3000mm-e, not one but two commenters mentioned the Sony RX10 Mark IV as a birding camera. One of them was T. Edwards, at the beginning of the first Featured Comment. (And by the way I've added a lot more in the Featured Comments to that post, including a couple of entertaining videos you might not like to miss. One just demonstrates the reach of the earlier P900.) The other, Rick Baumhauer, wrote, "I sold off my big, long lens...for an RX-10 IV—it is, I think, the best birding camera ever created, since the noise performance of the Sony 1" sensor is pretty decent, it's ƒ/4 at 600mm equivalent, and has a fantastic AF system." Ever since the days of George Lepp's original newsletter, I've been aware that I'm not a telephoto guy—despite being a lens nut in those days, I knew nothing of the lenses he regularly reviewed. (George is still going strong.) Rather comically I thought, I once had a Nikkor 180mm lens to review and I joked that nothing was far enough away to take a picture of with it—even the moon, which filled up too much of the frame with the 180mm. Obviously that was meant to be funny, not literally true. Lots of people do well with long teles, and not only George. The only true all-purpose camera? Birding, and bird photography, are subjects I know little about. But what Rick says sounds convincing—given that you have to balance three factors, 1.) telephoto reach, 2.) maximum aperture, and 3.) sensor size/IQ potential, 600mm-e at ƒ/4 on a 1" sensor does sound like a nice, and useful, balance. In the old film days, at least, according to the data of the magazines I worked for, less than 1% of photo enthusiasts owned a lens with a reach of 600mm or more (there was a bump at 500mm because of inexpensive catadioptric lenses). Is it possible that the Swiss-Army-knife Sony RX10 Mark IV, despite its rather formidably high cost, is the closest we currently come to one all-purpose single camera? I mean, if you can do bird photography with the thing.... A recent test shot taken with the GX8 and the inexpensive Panasonic Lumix 45–150mm. My paltry attempt at bird photography. Disclaimer: I am not a bird photographer. Typically, I was as much interested in the pattern of the pole and wires and the bird. 100% detail Anybody know what kind of birdie this is? I haven't the faintest foggiest clue. Mike Original contents copyright 2018 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site. B&H Photo • Amazon US • Amazon UKAmazon Germany • Amazon Canada • Adorama (To see all the comments, click on the "Comments" link below.)Featured Comments from: No featured comments yet—please check back soon!
Published on 12 Jul 2018 at 03:50PM