I decided to try one out today, so I took my SD card, and went to our local camera store, Huppins (www.onecall.com
). They had a demo, but indoors, it would have required 1/15 sec at ISO 1250, so that was out. They will match B&H prices, but they were out of stock except for the Demo.
We went outside and snapped a few images, being careful to hold the camera as steady as possible. I found it was a bid difficult, and AF was very slow, around 2 or more seconds. Once you get it focused, then its ok unless you drift off the target too much. It certainly is not a sports camera, not at 1200mm anyway.
Here are some of the sharpest images. I included a 100% crop, its not going to be pretty as you might expect. They can be improved with a little PP. I did take jpegs using the dreaded green box setting, since the camera battery was getting low, and I didn't have time to set it up for RAW.
Still, it seems like it gets useful images at extreme distances as long as the light is good. A tripod or monopod would be useful when lighting is difficult.
215mm (1200mm equivalent)
100% crop, kinda meaningless at 1200mm equiv, so don't obsess over it.
Another at 1200 equivalent
and the crop.