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Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS Full-Frame Lens (2019)

MSRP 14000 EURNeoscore 52%NEX score 81%

Product Overview

Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS is a super telephoto prime lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2019, it has 18 elements in 24 groups.
For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing.
As a super telephoto prime lens, the Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS is a specialty instrument best suited for professional sports and wild-life photographers. Built-in image stabilization is almost a must-have at this focal range, and this lens does not disappoint on this front. Owners will also like the available tripod collar and compatibility with teleconverters.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 52% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Compatible with teleconverters and drop in filters
  • Optically stabilized
  • Professional weather sealing
  • Comes with a tripod collar
  • Comparatively light and compact
  • Extremely fast autofocus
Cons
  • Very expensive

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent autofocus performance
  • Impressive focus tracking
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras
  • Compatible with Teleconverters and drop in filters
Cons
  • Lacks teleconverters
  • Limited focus range
  • Heavy and heavy
  • No teleconverters
  • Only marginally bigger (100g more) than the new Canon 600mm F4 II
  • No rigid lens cap but a leather lens cap
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
11 blades
Colors
White
Form Factor
Super Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Focus limiter, Tripod collar
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Motor
Linear Motor
Optical Formula | Elements
18 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
24 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 'extreme aspherical' + 2 ED + 3 fluorite elements, Nano AR + fluorine coatings groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
40.5 mm / 1.59 in
Size | Diameter
164 mm / 6.46 in
Size | Length
449 mm / 17.68 in
Weight
3040 g / 107.42 oz

Function

Angle Of View
4.1° Diagonal | 3.4° Horizontal | 2.3° Vertical
Aperture
f/4
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
600 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.14x
Min Focus Distance
4500 mm / 177.17 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2019-06-11
Model Name
SEL600F40GM

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Sony 600mm F4 GM OSS is measuring 627mm i.o 507mm for the a sizeable increase while the weight is only marginally bigger (100g more) Minimum focusing distance is also significantly bigger 4.5 m I.o of 2.7m. No rigid lens cap but a leather lens cap Screwable lens hood Security Slot Compatible with Teleconverters Dedicated trunk type hard case supplied Build quality is outstanding.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compatible with Teleconverters and drop in filters
  • Very nice light hard case (with key) that allow to store the lens hood in reverse position
Cons
  • No rigid lens cap but a leather lens cap
  • Only marginally bigger (100g more) than the new Canon 600mm F4 II

cameralabs[2]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
Sony’s been careful to match the controls with the earlier FE 400mm f2.8 for a seamless experience switching between them. This includes the same diameter manual focusing ring as well as the twistable function ring alongside it which can be programmed to return to a preset focusing distance. Like most super-telephoto lenses, there's no filter thread at the front, so instead filters are accommodated internally near the mount, using a slot system. Underneath the lens is a permanently mounted tripod foot with the choice of two thread sizes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Full power of the Alpha body’s autofocusing systems
  • Very long focal length
  • Very quick focusing
Cons
  • No filter thread at the front

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The FE 600mm F4 GM OSS is Sony's first high-end prime lens. It's compatible with both of Sony's teleconverters. Focus is available to about 14.8 feet (4.5 meters) At the closest working distance, it projects subjects at about 1:7.1 life-size.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp, sharp images
  • Compatible with both Sony and APS-C mirrorless cameras
  • In-lens stabilization
Cons
  • Heavy and heavy

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 OSS G Master optic is a large optic that will only make its way to photographers who absolutely need it. The lens ships with a humungous carbon fiber lens hood to keep out stray light, and the supplied hard case has dedicated space for filters and teleconverters. Autofocus accuracy and speed is critical on a lens like this, so it's great to find that the camera's tracking system to stay with it as it moves around the scene.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent autofocus performance
  • Impressive focus tracking
  • Compact and lightweight
Cons
  • Limited focus range
  • No teleconverters

digitalpicture[5]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens is compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras, including both full frame and APS-C sensor format models. The Sony lens has 24 elements in 18 groups vs. the Canon's 17/13. The Nikon lens's $700.00 USD lower price tag may sway a few votes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super telephoto lens
  • Excellent image quality
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras
Cons
  • Price is a barrier for entry
  • Lacks teleconverters

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony 600mm F4 GM OSS. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/02/09/sony-600mm-f4-gm-oss/. 2020-02-09. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
2. ^ Sony FE 600mm f4 GM OSS review so far. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-600mm-f4-gm-oss-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
3. ^ Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS Preview. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-fe-600mm-f4-gm-oss. 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Hands on: Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-fe-600mm-f4-gm-oss-review. 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-600mm-f-4-GM-OSS-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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