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Sony Reveals 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 and 600mm f/4 Super-Tele Lenses

By David J. Crewe on June 11th 2019

Today, Sony is announcing two impressive new telephoto lenses, the FE 600mm F4 GM OSS Super-Telephoto Prime and the FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 OSS Super-telephoto zoom lens. The lenses will begin shipping in August 2019 and will be available for approximately $13,000 USD for the 600mm Prime and approximately $2000 USD for the 200-600mm.

This is incredibly huge news as they are the first two Sony FE lenses to hit the 600mm zoom mark! If you combine that with the Sony 1.4x and/or 2.0x teleconverters, the lenses can reach 840mm and 1200mm respectively. This now gives Sony 33 FE lenses and a combined total of 51 lenses.

Full coverage of this lens announcement can be found on Alpha Universe.

Sony FE 600mm F/4 GM OSS

Sony’s new 600mm F/4 G Master lens while still a hefty beast, is the world’s lightest lens in its class, weighing in at approximately 6.71lbs (3.04kg), matching the Canon EF 600mm f/4l IS III and coming in lighter than the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/3E FL ED VR which weights 8.4lbs (3.8kg).

It includes many of Sony’s most advanced optical and mechanical technologies, producing exceptional image quality with extraordinary focusing speed & precision.

“The tenth model from our flagship G Master series, the new 600mm F4 raises the bar for speed, mobility and control in a super-telephoto prime lens. Combining the extensive 600mm reach with features like 20 fps shooting and AF/AE calculations at 60 times per second on the α9 or extremely high resolution, high-speed performance on the α7R III allow professional photographers to create images that were simply not possible to capture before.”

Technical Details & Features For The 600mm

The 600mm has been designed to withstand the harsh conditions of sporting events and wildlife photography. It’s built with a durable magnesium alloy and a strong lightweight carbon fiber hood. It’s dust and moisture resistant, and the front element is coated with fluorine to resist dirt and fingerprints/smudges.

There are hard controls built into the lens including customizable focus-hold buttons in 4 different locations which can all be programmed for control of features if you choose. There’s a full-time DMF switch to fast-engage the manual focus at any point, and the focus ring features liner response MF for fine, responsive manual focus.

Additionally, the new lens includes a built in optical stabilization for dynamic action and 3 different “mode” settings including a Mode 3 settings for framing and following fast moving subjects. It also has a function ring with selectable “preset” and “function” settings as well as a drop-in filter slot that accepts 40.5mm filters.

Pricing & Availability For The 600mm Prime

The FE 600mm F4 GM OSS will ship in August 2019 for approximately $13,000 USD and $16,900 CAD.

Official sample images taken with the 600mm F4 GM OSS lens can be found here

Sony FE 200-600mm F/5.6-6.3 G OSS

The new Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS is designed with the traveler in mind. It’s marketed for bird, wildlife, and sports photographers.

“When paired with any of the latest, fastest E-mount camera bodies, it will reliably track and accurately capture all types of moving subjects, including birds, wildlife, athletes in motion and much more.”

 

Technical Specs and 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  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 and fluorine coating on the front element to resist dirt and fingerprints

 

Pricing and Availability For The 200-600mm

The FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS will ship in August 2019 for approximately $2,000 USD and $2,600 CAD

Official sample images taken with the 600mm F4 GM OSS lens can be found here

For detailed product information, please visit The Following Links:

600mm

400mm

More information on today’s announcements is also available at alphauniverse.com

I don’t know about you, but i’m pretty excited to get hands on to test these lenses out in the wild! Do you have any experience shooting with telephoto lenses that can hit that 600mm mark with Nikon or Canon already? Are you looking forward to using these lenses with your Sony Kits? Let us know in the comments and share your shots to discuss.

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David J. Crewe is a full-time commercial photographer and Senior Editor with SLR Lounge. Based out of both Southern California & Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Sony, to Canon/Nikon: “Check.”

    The bottom line is this: When Sony first released the A9, it was an amazing camera body, but Sony was short by about $50,000 worth of exotic “big gun” lenses, by my count, compared to all the Canon/Nikon glass from the 200 f/2 VR/IS to the 800mm’s.

    This is another huge step in the direction of “checkmate” for Sony. I hope Canon and Nikon are pouring tons of R&D into the AI-enhanced AF technology in their full-frame mirrorless flagships, because by the time we get an A9 mk2, it’s going to be really hard to recommend a DSLR system as a good long-term investment.

    Nikon and Canon do have the benefit of essentially seamless operation when using their own big gun telephotos on their mirrorless bodies. So if they can get the on-sensor AF systems up to par, they won’t have nearly as much of an urgent situation with their big telephotos. But that on-sensor hybrid (and/or dual-pixel) AF needs to get really good, really soon.

    (Note: I’m rooting for Canon and Nikon to accomplish, this, by the way. I never root for something to fail. It would be the best possible outcome for consumers and professionals if they continued to have three different high-end options of relatively equal capability, not just one totally superior option. Competition is the most healthy way to go…

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