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Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS announced!
Preorder today! B&H Photo | Adorama ($2499)

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Main specs:
  1. E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/4.5-5.6 to f/32-40
  3. One Super ED Element and Two ED Elements
  4. Nano AR Coating and Fluorine Coating
  5. Direct Drive SSM Focus System
  6. Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  7. Zoom Torque Adjustment Ring
  8. Internal Focus, Focus Range Limiter
  9. Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  10. Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  11. Minimum Focus Distance: 3.22' (.98 m)
  12. Magnification: 0.12 - 0.35x
  13. Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:2.85
  14. Elements/Groups: 22/16
  15. Filter Thread: Front: 77 mm
  16. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 3.70 x 8.07" (93.9 x 205 mm)
  17. Weight: 49.21 oz (1395 g)
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Press-release:
New FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom Lens Features Outstanding Sharpness, Fast AF, Compact Design and more

Sony today introduced its furthest reaching E-mount lens, the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom (model SEL100400GM).

The new full-frame lens maintains the high standard of resolution that is the hallmark of Sony’s flagship lineup of G Master™ lenses, while also offering incredibly fast, precise AF capabilities, a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions and customisability. It’s an exceptionally powerful photographic tool for a variety of enthusiast and professional shooters, particularly those that are commonly shooting sports or wildlife.

Uncompromised G Master Design and Performance

A super telephoto zoom that meets the intense build requirements of Sony’s acclaimed G Master series lens lineup, the new FE 100-400mm GM model produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the lens’ zoom and focus ranges and beautiful rendered ‘bokeh’ or background defocus, ensuring the finest details are brought out in every subject and scene.

The complex design features 22 lens elements configured in 16 different groups, including one Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two ED glass elements, all of which are working together to minimise chromatic aberration and ensure the ultimate resolution is captured. The lens also has Sony’s original Nano AR coating, which is particularly useful for shooting sports scenes or wildlife, as it reduces unwanted reflections.

Precise, Quick AF Performance

In order to keep up with fast-moving action, the new FE 100-400mm GM super telephoto zoom lens features the combination of a double linear motor and a Direct Drive SSM actuator, which also ensures precise, quiet operation.

The double motor system allows rapid focus lens drive acceleration to capture the sudden motion that is common with sports and wildlife photography, while high precision positioning control and a newly optimised AF algorithm ensure the subject is quickly found and focused on. This ensures that the maximum AF performance of a camera like the new α9 is realised.

Lightweight Design, Extensive Customizability

In order to satisfy the extensive demands of customers craving lighter, smaller and more portable super telephoto lenses, the new FE 100-400mm GM weighs in at a mere 1,395 grams (49.3 ounces), making it among the lightest in its class and an ideal fit for Sony’s wide range of compactly designed cameras.

Functionally, the lens has a zoom torque adjustment ring – a first for Sony α – allowing the user to adjust the level of torque in the ring to zoom faster or slower depending on their shooting style. There is also a focus hold button that can also be assigned to variety of functions including focus mode selection, AF area selection or the popular Eye AF lock feature.

The telephoto zoom lens is dust and moisture resistant, and has fluorine coating on the front lens that makes it easier to remove dust or grease. There is also a removable tripod mount.

Professional Operation and Reliability

The new FE 100-400mm GM lens features built-in optical image stabilisation, ensuring that sharp images can be captured during handheld shooting. It also offers a minimum focusing range of just 0.98 metres (3.22 feet), which maximises its versatility in the field, and a 9 bladed circular aperture design that produces soft, beautiful bokeh.

The FE 100-400mm GM is compatible with both the 1.4x (model SEL14TC) and 2.0x (model SEL20TC) teleconverters, allowing photographers and videographers to shoot at up to 800mm on full-frame cameras and approximately 1200mm (35mm full-frame equivalent) on APS-C cameras.

A replacement lens hood (model ALC-SH151) for the new lens will also be available.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 100-400mm GMSuper Telephoto Zoom Lens will start to ship from July 2017, priced at approximately £2,500.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new lensand other Sony α products can be found at http://www.alphauniverse.com, a site built to educate and inspire all fans and customers of the Sony α brand. The new content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.












Apr 19, 2017 at 04:07 PM
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$2499 at B&H. I may wait until it's $2000.


Apr 19, 2017 at 04:13 PM
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Here's the MTF graph:







Apr 19, 2017 at 04:29 PM
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kdrk888 wrote:
$2499 at B&H. I may wait until it's $2000.



Yup, it may come down to that price in 6 months, depending on the flow of supply.



Apr 19, 2017 at 04:30 PM
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Wonder how well it will work with the 1.4x TC optically?

Time to pack up my Sigma 150-600 Contemporary?



Apr 19, 2017 at 04:32 PM
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Looks to be a nice lens. May have to rent it and see


Apr 19, 2017 at 04:33 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Here's the MTF graph:


Why does Sony persist in publishing MTF graphs with only 30 lpm? After all, on of the selling points of the G Master line was the ability to resolve 50 lpm if my memory is correct. They should be posting 50 lpm in their MTF graphs or, at the least, match Zeiss and Leica at 40 lpm.



Apr 19, 2017 at 04:48 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
Yup, it may come down to that price in 6 months, depending on the flow of supply.


Just look at the 24-70 GM, the used ones are around $1700, $500 cheaper than the MSRP. It hasn't been out for that long.



Apr 19, 2017 at 04:52 PM
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kdrk888 wrote:
Just look at the 24-70 GM, the used ones are around $1700, $500 cheaper than the MSRP. It hasn't been out for that long.


Please show me used ones that sold for $1,700.



Apr 19, 2017 at 04:53 PM
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With this lens announced, an A6xxx with stacked sensor could be coming.


Apr 19, 2017 at 04:53 PM
 

Search in Used Dept. 



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Fred Miranda wrote:
Please show me used ones that sold for $1,700.


Fred, I bought one here for that price on FM few weeks ago, 4 months old. I recall seeing a few on the B&S board for around $1700 too.



Apr 19, 2017 at 05:02 PM
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kdrk888 wrote:
Fred, I bought one here for that price on FM few weeks ago, 4 months old. I recall seeing a few on the B&S board for around $1700 too.


Lucky you!!

The average used price for this lens seems to be $1,850 so your point is still valid.



Apr 19, 2017 at 05:13 PM
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Two nice things I noticed about this lens:
1) Weight....less than my Canon MkII (at least per DPR spec sheet, Fred's specs above list it heavier?)
2) MFD and MM....0.31x...exactly like Canon's

Noticed they put that stupid window in the hood like Canon. Looks like a total clone of the Canon MkII which is a good thing.



Apr 19, 2017 at 05:36 PM
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Sony's own press release says the lens is 1395 g, the Canon is 1570 g without the tripod foot. I will get the Sony at some point. Tried the Canon 100-400 II on the A7RII with the Sigma adapter, at 400mm, unless it's bright and you use the center focus point, it is slowwwwwww if it ever stops hunting.


Apr 19, 2017 at 05:49 PM
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Sony site has it at 1395 grams and 3.3" x 5.65"

As a comparison, Canon L is 1.59 kg and 3.7"x7.6". If specs are correct, Sony has managed to shave off almost 2" off the length which is impressive.




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HabsFan wrote:
Sony site has it at 1395 grams and 3.3" x 5.65"

As a comparison, Canon L is 1.59 kg and 3.7"x7.6". If specs are correct, Sony has managed to shave off almost 2" off the length which is impressive.



Sony's weight is without the foot on but I think Canon's is also. TDP weighed the Canon with hood and foot to be 1.7kg. The Sony will likely be a bit lighter after having the foot and hood on.



Apr 19, 2017 at 06:34 PM
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I saw the Sony works with full functionality up to f/11 which would be the 100-400 with 2xTC. You will need a lot of light to keep noise manageable and SS up for action but this new sensor may be amazing with noise control anyways considering the relatively low MP count compared to other Sony FF sensors that are also fairly good at noise for their respective MP counts.


Apr 19, 2017 at 06:36 PM
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I got the weight from Adorama but it was not accurate. I just updated the first post with the correct specifications.

arbitrage wrote:
Two nice things I noticed about this lens:
1) Weight....less than my Canon MkII (at least per DPR spec sheet, Fred's specs above list it heavier?)
2) MFD and MM....0.31x...exactly like Canon's

Noticed they put that stupid window in the hood like Canon. Looks like a total clone of the Canon MkII which is a good thing.




Apr 19, 2017 at 06:43 PM
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arbitrage wrote:
I saw the Sony works with full functionality up to f/11 which would be the 100-400 with 2xTC. You will need a lot of light to keep noise manageable and SS up for action but this new sensor may be amazing with noise control anyways considering the relatively low MP count compared to other Sony FF sensors that are also fairly good at noise for their respective MP counts.

Canon copied the door in the lens hood from Sony, the 70/400 and 70/200 have always had it...nice if you use a CP.



Apr 19, 2017 at 07:17 PM
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The E mount unlike the A mount requires a gasket in the mount for weather sealing, I don't see this mentioned with the new 100/400.


Apr 19, 2017 at 07:19 PM
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