Sony has officially launched the FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, with a price tag of $12,997.99 / £12,000 / €14,000 and an August release date, marking the latest addition to its G Master lens range.
Despite its mammoth focal length, the Sony FE 600mm f/4 promises to be the lightest in its class, weighing in at 3040g.
Sony’s longest-reaching prime lenses features an 11-blade circular aperture and an optical design comprising a large XA (extreme aspherical) and an ED (extra-low dispersion) element that Sony promises suppresses all common telephoto lens aberrations.
Inside there are also three fluorite elements to help minimise chromatic aberration and keep colour bleeding at bay.
Sony says its the lens also uses its latest bokeh simulation technologies and XA element to control spherical aberrations.
The new Sony FE 600mm f/4 include built-in optical stabilisation and three Mode settings. One of these modes features an algorithm designed to help photographers better frame moving subjects.
Other features include a function ring with selectable ‘Preset’ and ‘Function’ settings, and a drop-in filter slot that accepts ø 40.5mm ND and other filter types, as well as the optional VF-DCPL1 Drop-in Circular Polarising Filter. The VF-DCPL1 filter can be rotated to achieve the desired polarisation while installed in the lens.
You’ll also find customisable focus-hold buttons in four locations around the lens barrel. These can be programmed to control different features. Meanwhile a Full-Time DMF switch lets you switch to manual focus and the focus ring offers a Linear Response MF option for fine details.
For that amount of money and designed with wildlife photographers in mind one would expect weather resistance. The Sony 600mm f/4’s magnesium alloy body is dust and moisture resistant, and the front element is coated with fluorine to resist dirt and fingerprints.