Sony has just announced two new models in its ever growing E-mount lens lineup. The FE 600mm f/4.0 GM OSS and FE 200-600mm f/ 5.6-6.3 are both super-telephoto optics built to withstand the rigours of professional use. This announcement furthers Sony’s growth into the sport & press photography market.
The FE 600mm f4 GM OSS is the longest prime lens from Sony to date. It’s announcement follows the FE 400mm f2.8 GM OSS which was released June 2018 and has been incredibly well received. These two focal lengths are classics in sport and wildlife photography, delivering fantastic detail from distant subjects, even in difficult lighting conditions.
Our own Donal Ogilvie had the chance to try both lenses briefly last week. On the 600mm lens, he says:
“Super light for a lens of this class, put it next to an older SLR mount 600mm f4 and the difference is amazing. Not front heavy at all, weight is well distributed, one could shoot this hand held quite easily. Autofocus is superfast, even with teleconverters, built to keep up with the A9’s 20fps (and allegedly beyond!) Likely to be very limited supply.”
600mm Key Features
- Fast, precise and quiet auto-focus driven by two XD linear motors
- 11-blade circular aperture mechanism
- Balanced Magnesium alloy construction makes panning easier
- Lightest lens in it’s class at approximately 3040g
- Compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x E-mount tele-converters
- Hard controls built into lens for immediate control in the field
The FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS is the furthest reaching zoom in the G lens series from Sony. The lens is designed with a fixed barrel length so all the zoom movements occur within the lens. The elimination of elements that extend and retract whilst zooming offers enhanced sealing against dust and moisture, making the lens a real workhorse for photographers needing one lens as a solution to shooting at multivarious distances.
Donal on the 200-600mm:
“Handling was excellent as the internal zoom and focus construction means it doesn’t alter in size in actual use. Autofocus was snappy and precise, even with tele-converters attached. Image quality looked superb, across the entire frame. Solid construction, not super light but, for a lens of this magnification range, I thought it balanced well on the camera. This will be a very popular lens with all kinds of photographers professional and enthusiast alike.”