The 150-600mm zoom lens has proven to be an attractive option for photographers who want long

The 150-600mm zoom lens has proven to be an attractive option for photographers who want long telephoto reach, but don’t want to break the bank on a pro-grade prime. It’s been an especially popular lens for enthusiasts who enjoy capturing distant subjects like wildlife. Sony camera owners haven’t had a native lens of this type to date, but the company is bringing out its own version in the form of the FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS ($1,999.99). It costs more than a basic option like the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary, which can be used with Sony cameras via an adapter, and justifies its price with speedy autofocus and an internal zoom design. The 200-600mm is a little larger than the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. It measures 12.5 by 4.4 inches (HD), versus 10.2 by 4.1 inches for the Sigma. But the Sigma, and similar lenses from Nikon and Tamron, all telescope outward when zoomed in. The Sony 200-600mm’s zoom is completely internal, so its dimensions don’t change based on the focal length. It may seem like a small thing on paper, but the internal zoom does make a difference in handling. With a telescoping zoom, there’s a bit of torque or push-pull e...

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TribLIVE’s Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox. Pennsylvania’s auditor general is launching a review of the state’s instant background check system for firearm purchases. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is conducting the review at the request of a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, but not as the result of problems or complaints about how the system is operated. The Pennsylvania Instant Check System, or PICS, is used to determine if a person is eligible to buy a firearm or obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm. “The purpose of my audit is to make sure the PICS system is working as intended and has kept up with changing technology,” DePasquale said in a news release. “I want to ensure there are no gaps in the system that could result in a tragic loss of life.” • Examine whether state police promptly, accurately and consistently issued decisions and processed challenges to denials in accordance with federal and state laws • Investigate whether all state and out-of-state criminal, civil, mental health and other necessary records are incorporated into the PICS and the National Instant Criminal ...