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Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Full-Frame Lens (2017)

MSRP 2500 USDNeoscore 52%NEX score 87%

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Product Overview

Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS is a super telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2017, it has 22 elements in 16 groups.
Like most zoom lenses, the Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS is externally-zooming. Fortunately, Sony has provided a zoom lock that at least stops zoom creep. For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing.
As a super telephoto zoom lens, the Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS can be quite useful for wild-life and landscape photography. 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.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 52% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb sharpness
  • Optically stabilized
  • Zoom lock prevents zoom creep
  • Weather-sealed
  • Comes with a tripod collar
Cons
  • Dark and variable maximum aperture
  • Large and heavy

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 87% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent telephoto performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent optics
  • Compatible with SEL14TC and SEL20TC tele-converters
  • Long telephoto range
  • 4x optical range
Cons
  • No telephoto zoom
  • No tripod ring
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
White
Form Factor
Super Telephoto Zoom 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
22 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
16 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
Two ED, one super ED element. Fluorine-coated front element. groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
77 mm / 3.03 in
Size | Diameter
94 mm / 3.70 in
Size | Length
205 mm / 8.07 in
Weight
1395 g / 49.29 oz

Function

Angle Of View
24.4° Diagonal | 20.4° Horizontal | 13.7° Vertical (wide) ~ 6.2° Diagonal | 5.2° Horizontal | 3.4° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/4.5–5.6 ~ f/32–40
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
100 mm ~ 400 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom (zoom lock available)

Performance

Max Magnification
0.35x
Min Focus Distance
980 mm / 38.58 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: ALC-SH151 (supplied)
Debut
2017-04-19
Model Name
SEL100400GM

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External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM is the longest reach of any Alpha mirrorless lens to date. Mounted on an APS-C body like the A6500, the field-of-view is reduced to 150-600mm. With the lens zoomed to 400mm, you can achieve magnifications up to 0.35x.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Long telephoto range
  • Compatible with SEL14TC and SEL20TC tele-converters
  • 4x optical range
Cons
  • No telephoto zoom

digitalpicture[2]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Canon camp is in love with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. The Sony is better at 100mm, the Canon is better from 135-200mm and the two are similar at the longer end of the range. The Nikon is less expensive, but only moderately so.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent telephoto performance
  • Excellent optics
Cons
  • No telephoto lens
  • No tripod ring

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-100-400mm-f4-5-5-6-gm-oss-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
2. ^ Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-100-400mm-f-4.5-5.6-GM-OSS-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-26.

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