Sony has announced the Sony FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS, which at 1470g without the tripod mount, is the world’s lightest 300mm F/2.8 lens. It’s designed for use on full-frame cameras, but naturally, it can also be mounted on Sony’s APs-C format cameras, such as the Sony A6700.
The lens design incorporates 3 Super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements and one EF element to suppress chromatic aberration and boost image quality across the frame.
Designed to keep pace with the 120fps shooting capability of the Sony A9 III announced at the same time, the FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS has two of the latest XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors and Sony’s most recent algorithms to deliver fast and effective autofocusing.
Sony has kept the FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS’s weight down by using magnesium alloy for the barrel’s build. According to Sony, the lens’s weight is towards the centre and back to make it easier to hold steady and pan. In addition, the onboard image stabilisation system has a Mode 3 that makes the image in the viewfinder more stable for a more pleasant shooting experience.
When the lens is used on the A9 III, the optic’s function ring can be set to preset focus to adjust the focus to any preselected point quickly.
Further good news is that the FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS is compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, which take its focal length to 420mm and 600mm, respectively.
Sony FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS price and availability
The Sony FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS’s price is $5998 / £5,800 / 6,700, and it’s set to go on sale in January 2024.