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Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Full-Frame Lens (2018)

MSRP 12000 USDNeoscore 62%NEX score 77%

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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.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 62% (not directly comparable across industries)
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***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
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

Construction

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

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
40.5 mm / 1.59 in
Size | Diameter
158 mm / 6.22 in
Size | Length
359 mm / 14.13 in
Weight
2895 g / 102.30 oz

Function

Angle Of View
6.2° Diagonal | 5.2° Horizontal | 3.4° Vertical
Aperture
f/2.8
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
400 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.16x
Min Focus Distance
2700 mm / 106.30 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: ALC-SH155 (supplied)
Debut
2018-06-27
Model Name
SEL400F28GM

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
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

cameralabs[2]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
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

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp AF results at 1/8-second
  • Long focal length
  • Teleconverter support
Cons
  • Slower aperture zooms than macro lenses

digitalpicture[4]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony 400mm F2.8 GM OSS. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2018/09/27/sony-400mm-f2-8-gm-oss/. 2018-09-27. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
2. ^ Sony FE 400mm f2.8 GM OSS review so far. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-400mm-f2-8-gm-oss-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
3. ^ Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-fe-400mm-f28-gm-oss. 2021-10-07. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
4. ^ Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-400mm-f-2.8-GM-OSS-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-26.

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