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Pre-order: Sony FE 200-600 f5.6-6.3 G OSS ($1,998)

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Pre-order: Sony FE 200-600 f5.6-6.3 G OSS ($1,998)


Pre-order at B&H Photo

Price: $1,998

Main specs:
  1. E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/5.6-6.3 to f/32-36
  3. 5 ED Elements & 1 Aspherical Element
  4. Nano AR Coating and Fluorine Coating
  5. Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  6. Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  7. Zoom Torque Adjustment Ring
  8. Internal Focus; Focus Range Limiter
  9. Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  10. Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  11. Dimensions: 111.5 x 318 mm (4 1/2 x 12 5/8 in.)
  12. Weight: 2115 g (74.7 oz.)

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Sony today announced another new lens for their expanding full-frame FE lens lineup, the new FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom lens (model SEL200600G).

Key Features:









Extended reach with built-in stabilization

Versatile tele-zoom range from 200mm telephoto to 600mm super-telephoto
Compatible with Sony’s E-mount 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters, extending the reach to a maximum of 840mm at F9 or 1200mm at F13 with outstanding image quality and AF performance
Built-in optical stabilization with three different mode settings, enabling images that are sharp and in-focus at extended super-telephoto focal lengths


High resolution and corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entire zoom range

Five extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements and an aspherical element, arranged in a new optical design that minimizes chromatic aberration
11-blade circular aperture mechanism that ensures beautiful bokeh
Coated with Sony’s original Nano AR coating to suppress unwanted reflections, glare or ghosting in images


Fast, precise and quiet autofocus

Equipped with Sony’s Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) focusing system, which has the power and precision needed to drive the lens mechanism for remarkably fast, accurate focusing
Advanced focus system for exceptionally quiet operation, avoiding any unwanted noise that can disrupt an unpredictable subject like a resting bird or other forms of wildlife


Internal zoom mechanism for reliable and stable handheld shooting

Overall lens length does not change while zooming, maintaining consistent balance and distance between the front of the lens and desired shooting subject
A fixed-length structure – internal zoom mechanism – retains high resistance to dust and moisture[ii] in order to deal with difficult outdoor conditions
Quick zoom operation with light zoom ring torque


Refined control and reliability for use in the field

Focus ring featuring Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control
Three customizable focus-hold buttons, plus a Focus Range Limiter
Dust and moisture resistant design[ii] and fluorine coating on the front element to resist dirt and fingerprints


Pricing and Availability

The FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS will ship in August 2019 for approximately $2,000 US and $2,600 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.



















































Jun 11, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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SAR is saying 80% chance of this being correct. 90% that a lens will be announced.

They don't know what lens it is. Speculation off of previous rumors/patents is 500/4, 600/4 or 200-600 (or similar zoom).

https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr4-sony-could-announce-a-new-new-wildlife-sports-lens-on-june-5-6/

What would you wish this to be?

I want to see the 500 or 600. Preferably both so I can compare specs/weights and not second guess buying one of them only to regret it next year when the other comes out.
I am assuming a 600 could match Canon 600III weight/balance. I really want to see what a new 500 could get down to in weight with the same smaller, rearward placed elements we have now seen in 400GM, 400III and 600III.

Some leaked/stolen parts of a 200-600 f/5.6-6.3 OSS G lens on Yahoo Japan Auction site: https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr3-are-those-the-leaked-images-of-the-new-sony-200-600g-oss-f-5-6-6-3-fe-lens/#disqus_thread
























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May 30, 2019 at 09:52 AM
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It's the 200-600mm, I know it because I just bought the Sigma 60-600mm


May 30, 2019 at 10:28 AM
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I would really like for this to be the 600/4. For what I like to shoot, it would pair nicely with the 100-400 GM.


May 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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How about a 500 2.8 with the same architecture of the 400 2.8 or with Fresnel optics.


May 30, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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As long as the long end of the lens, in case of a zoom, is longer than 400mm . But like Mitesh, my preference would be a 600mm f/4 lens having a similar weight as the Canon 600mm Mark III lens.


May 30, 2019 at 10:53 AM
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It's almost certainly the 500 and 600, as the patents are already out there. I would like to see the patented 100/1.4 but it's extremely unlikely that Sony will undercut the 135 they just released so quickly.


May 30, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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Just give me a 200 F2 and get it over with.


May 30, 2019 at 11:06 AM
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mogul wrote:
How about a 500 2.8 with the same architecture of the 400 2.8 or with Fresnel optics.


You still can't cheat the front element diameter that would be 178mm. The 600/4 is 150mm...largest in current production.
Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 gives you an idea of the front element. Of course Fresnel design would reduce length and weight...it would be nothing like the Sigma but the front element would be huge so a thick lens unlikely to fit in any current backpack other than the dedicated single lens supertele ones.









May 30, 2019 at 11:16 AM
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I hope it is the 600 F4 since I have the 400GM I am currently utilizing the Canon 600 F4 II because it is heavy and does not AF like my Sony 400 GM.

I would also very much like to see a 200-600 6.3 and think it would be a huge seller.

A 300 2.8 would also be a nice addition but for me at least I think with the 400 2.8 in place there is little reason for a 500 F4 in comparison to the other lenses I mentioned.

The only real advantage of a 500 is reaching out to 700 with the 1.4x with the 500 otherwise the 400 has 500mm covered.

Also for someone who does not already have a 400GM to split the middle and forgo the 600 F4 however for wildlife but IMO a 600 is required for wildlife and utilizing a 1.4x as well.

Depending upon how good the 200-600 zoom is I can see getting rid of my 400 GM and using it and a 600 GM in it's place and perhaps a 300 2.8.

There are too many choices and these are big honking lenses it's not like you can go out with three of them. I will take my 400 & 600 in the car and swap them in the middle but to date have not carried both at once.

I would be interested in hearing what others have to say on how they go out with too long tele lens.



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Speculating that it is probably whatever lens news organizations said was required for them to use Sony during next years Olympics.

200-400 f/4 with 1.4tc?



May 30, 2019 at 11:20 AM
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trstahly wrote:
I hope it is the 600 F4 since I have the 400GM I am currently utilizing the Canon 600 F4 II because it is heavy and does not AF like my Sony 400 GM.

I would also very much like to see a 200-600 6.3 and think it would be a huge seller.

A 300 2.8 would also be a nice addition but for me at least I think with the 400 2.8 in place there is little reason for a 500 F4 in comparison to the other lenses I mentioned.

The only real advantage of a 500 is reaching out to
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I know I don't go very far with my cast iron Minolta 600f4 but the Sony 500f4 at 1/2 the weight is not too much of a burden. Really if I am going very far and want a camera easily available, the RX10IV gets the calling.



May 30, 2019 at 11:26 AM
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mogul wrote:
I know I don't go very far with my cast iron Minolta 600f4 but the Sony 500f4 at 1/2 the weight is not too much of a burden. Really if I am going very far and want a camera easily available, the RX10IV gets the calling.


I walk for two hours sometimes three with my 400GM on a Gitzo monopod extended resting on my shoulder or my 600 Sony a beast with my Really Right Stuff TVC44 tripod and Len Coat pad and padded leg sleeves. Not an issue at all but I am a big guy 6'3 230lbs and in shape.

It is not my favorite thing to do but getting good images makes it worthwhile.

I think a lightweight sans 5 oz Metabones adapter 600 F4 would be fine on a monopod but at that length and 840 with 1.4x a tripod is a must. But I can probably get by just fine with my TFC34 tripod which is a heck of a lot easier to carry because the top is not spaced far apart.

I shoot on the raised wooded walkways in the wetlands that are very prone to people walking and vibrations or would probably not use the TVC44 and use the TFC34 instead if hiking on ground.



May 30, 2019 at 11:35 AM
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arbitrage wrote:
You still can't cheat the front element diameter that would be 178mm. The 600/4 is 150mm...largest in current production.
Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 gives you an idea of the front element. Of course Fresnel design would reduce length and weight...it would be nothing like the Sigma but the front element would be huge so a thick lens unlikely to fit in any current backpack other than the dedicated single lens supertele ones.



I thought that picture was a meme until I googled it.



May 30, 2019 at 11:53 AM
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If it is a 600/4 I will have to prepare my for sale ads for Nikon 500E, Canon 400DOII


May 30, 2019 at 11:54 AM
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arbitrage wrote:
If it is a 600/4 I will have to prepare my for sale ads for Nikon 500E, Canon 400DOII


I will have to use my Canon 600mm f/4 one last time this weekend before putting it up for sale . Now, that would be too much anticipation, I guess, huh .



May 30, 2019 at 12:17 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
I will have to use my Canon 600mm f/4 one last time this weekend before putting it up for sale . Now, that would be too much anticipation, I guess, huh .


Personally I am keeping mine and selling it when the Sony comes out so it is only a half step price wise instead of writing such a big check all at once like I did with the 400 GM. Once is enough.



May 30, 2019 at 12:26 PM
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trstahly wrote:
Personally I am keeping mine and selling it when the Sony comes out so it is only a half step price wise instead of writing such a big check all at once like I did with the 400 GM. Once is enough.


I skipped the GM 400mm since I felt that that focal length was too short for wildlife. Had I been a sport shooter, I would have been all over the 400mm lens. If indeed Sony comes up with a 600mm f/4 GM, I would jump in with both feet.



May 30, 2019 at 12:33 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
I skipped the GM 400mm since I felt that that focal length was too short for wildlife. Had I been a sport shooter, I would have been all over the 400mm lens. If indeed Sony comes up with a 600mm f/4 GM, I would jump in with both feet.


Having shot with the 400 GM and realizing the utility of a fast telephoto prime that works well with extenders, I can imagine a universe in which I would own both the 400 GM and 600 GM (assuming Sony introduces one). Of course, in that universe, I’d also be divorced, so there’s that.



May 30, 2019 at 12:38 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
I skipped the GM 400mm since I felt that that focal length was too short for wildlife. Had I been a sport shooter, I would have been all over the 400mm lens. If indeed Sony comes up with a 600mm f/4 GM, I would jump in with both feet.


The 400GM is a niche lens kind of I am not sure if I will keep mine when the 600 comes out because I am not a sports shooter and can get by with my 100-400GM when needed. The 400 is a great lens for Zoos with and without the 1.4x but it is kind of a in-betweener for such an expensive lens.

It depends upon what they do with a 300 2.8 which I feel would be much easier to handle for BIF and more versatile with a 1.4x having 300 & 420 cover and what they do with a 200-600 zoom.




May 30, 2019 at 12:39 PM
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