Sony announces the 600mm f/4 GM OSS and 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lenses

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Well, the lens that was apparently up for sale on Yahoo Auctions 10 days ago has now officially been announced by Sony. Yes, the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens is finally here. As is the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS. They’re massive monsters of lenses, and they’re shipping in only 2 months.

So, let’s get the expensive one out of the way first. This is the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS. A $13,000 beast, this is Sony’s longest lens far, and likely will be for a good while. Sony says that the 600mm includes “many of the company’s most advanced optical and mechanical technologies”.

They also say that it’s the lightest lens in its class, too. With Nikon 600mm f/4 coming in at 3.8kg the Canon 600mm f/4 at 3050g, that would be interesting to use. It also shaves a little off the price, too, surprisingly. The price, though, will be about the same, with all three lenses hitting around the $13,000 mark.

  • Focal length: 600mm
  • Max aperture: f/4
  • Min aperture: f/22
  • Min focus distance: 4.5m (15′)
  • Optics: 24 elements (including “extreme aspherical” (XA), fluorite and ED glass)
  • Diaphragm blades: 11 (circular)
  • Image stabilisation: Yes, 3 modes
  • Filter: 40.5mm drop-in
  • Dimensions: 449mm long
  • Weight: ~3kg (6.6lbs)

The Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens is compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters offering a maximum reach equivalent of 840mm at f/9 or 1200mm at f/13. Like the 600mm f/4, it has built-in optical image stabilisation with three different mode settings depending on what and how you’re shooting.

  • Focal length: 200-600mm
  • Max aperture: f/5.6-6.3
  • Min aperture: f/32-36
  • Min focus distance: 2.4m (8′)
  • Optics: 24 elements including 5 ED and 1 aspherical
  • Aperture blades: 11 (circular)
  • Image stabilisation: Yes, 3 modes
  • Dimensions: 318mm long
  • Weight: 2.1kg (4.9lbs)

The Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens is available to pre-order now for a surprisingly good $1,997.99 and ships in August. The Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS is also available to pre-order now for slightly more expensive $12,997.99 and is also expected to start shipping in August.

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