Sony has announced two new telephoto lenses, a 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS and a 600mm F4 G Master prime lens.
The 600mm F4 G Master prime joins the 400mm F2.8 GM as a flagship telephoto prime lens for the professional wildlife and sports photographers. Using two extreme dynamic (XD) linear focus motors, the lens will provide fast and precise autofocus and tracking with minimal noise. As part of the premium G Master lineup, it will also provide outstanding image quality and bokeh with minimized chromatic aberration. The lens uses a large extreme aspherical (XA) element and three fluorite elements, in addition to Sony’s original Nano AR coatings to achieve this.
Similar to the 400mm, the lens has been designed in a way so that it doesn’t sit front heavy, allow for better ease of shooting and reduced strain. It is dust and weather resistant for maximum durability, and features a full-time DMF switch for quick manual focus use, four custom buttons that can be used as focus-hold buttons or programmed for other functions, and a 40.5mm drop-in filter slot. It also has a custom function ring, with selectable “Preset” and “Function” settings.
The 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens will work in conjunction with Sony’s latest Eye-AF capabilities to give wildlife and sports photographers in particular a great option to add to their bag. It uses Sony’s Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) focusing system for fast, precise and exceptionally quiet shooting. The lens features three different modes of OSS stabilization, as well as a focus limiter, and three customizable focus-hold buttons. It uses five ED (extra-low dispersion) elements, and aspherical elements, and 11 aperture blades for extremely high optical performance and smooth bokeh. It also is a fully internal zoom, as well as being weather and dust sealed for optimum durability.
Both lenses will be compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, allowing for a maximum reach of 1200mm (at F13, on the 200-600mm or F8 on the 600mm prime). Expected to begin shipping August 2019, the 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS will be priced at approximately $2600, and the 600mm F4 at $16,900.
TCSTV got a chance to take a hands-on look at the lenses. Take a look at their thoughts: