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Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS

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Product Overview

Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS is a professional super telephoto prime lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2018, it has 23 elements in 17 groups.
For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing.
As a super telephoto prime lens, the Sony FE 400mm F2.8 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.

Ratings

What we found

Neofiliac score 62%
Pros
  • Exceptionally faster autofocus
  • Lighter than the competition
  • Optically stabilized
  • Weather-sealed
  • Comes with a tripod collar
  • Compatible with teleconverters
Cons
  • Very expensive

What external reviewers found

External score 77%
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount and APS-C sensor formats
  • Very nice light hard case (with key)
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Teleconverter support
  • Super-telephoto for Sony’s full-frame Alpha mirrorless system
Cons
  • Not compatible with other bodies
  • No traditional filter possible
  • Slower aperture zooms than macro lenses
  • Lens hood may have a crack next to the lens hood
  • No rigid lens cap but a leather lens cap
  • Price is a barrier for entry

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Specifications

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External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Reviewer score 84%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found:
The Sony FE 400mm f2.8 G Master OSS is a super-telephoto lens designed for full-frame Alpha mirrorless cameras. Launched in June 2018 but teased for several months previously, it’s the first bright aperture super- telephoto for Sony's native mirrorless mount. The lens may be roughly the same size as rival lenses from Canon and Nikon but at 2895g / 6.4lbs, weighs-in almost one kilogram or two pounds lighter. This difference becomes even greater when you fit their respective pro bodies.
Pros
  • Super-telephoto for Sony’s full-frame Alpha mirrorless system
  • Very sharp details in out-of-focus areas
  • Very fast autofocus
Cons
  • Not compatible with other bodies

digitalpicture[2]

Reviewer score 78%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found:
The Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens is compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras. While this lens is expensive, it is priced $1 less than the Canon option. At wide apertures, the 400mm lens shows less vignetting.
Pros
  • Ultra-wide aperture
  • Excellent image quality
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount and APS-C sensor formats
Cons
  • Price is a barrier for entry

pcmag[3]

Reviewer score 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
The Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS is a high-end telephoto lens. At its nearest focus distance, the lens captures subjects at 1:6.3 life-size. It works with both of Sony's E-mount teleconverters. With an extender, the 400mm becomes long enough to make birders happy.
Pros
  • Sharp AF results at 1/8-second
  • Long focal length
  • Teleconverter support
Cons
  • Slower aperture zooms than macro lenses

sonyalpha[4]

Reviewer score 65%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found:
Build quality is outstanding. The lens is relatively lightweight (the lightest of the 400mm f2.8) and can be used for 30min-1 hour max handled. If you want precise framing you better use a monopod or a Tripod and a gimbal that will be specially appropriate for video or when used with the TC2.0.
Pros
  • Very well made, large and confortable, don't use a camera strap but well the lens strap
  • Security slot in collar to attach a security wire against theft
  • Very large : 173mm Weight : 243g Carbon fiber Interior flocking
  • Very nice light hard case (with key)
Cons
  • No rigid lens cap but a leather lens cap
  • Lens hood may have a crack next to the lens hood
  • No traditional filter possible

References

  1. ^ Sony FE 400mm f2.8 GM OSS review so far. [cameralabs].
  2. ^ Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Lens Review. [digitalpicture].
  3. ^ Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Review. [pcmag].
  4. ^ Sony 400mm F2.8 GM OSS. [sonyalpha].

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