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

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

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Sony today announced two major telephoto lenses for its full-frame FE lens lineup: the 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom and the 600mm f/4 G super-telephoto prime.

These are the first two Sony FE lenses that reach 600mm. Paired with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters, the lenses offer a reach of 840mm and 1200mm, respectively.

With the introduction of these two new lenses, the Sony E-mount lens stable now features 33 FE lenses and 51 total lenses.

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 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,” Sony says.

Here are some official sample photos captured with the lens:

Features of the lens include built-in optical stabilization (with three modes), a new optical design that minimizes chromatic aberration, an 11-blade circular aperture for beautiful bokeh, Nano AR coating for reducing reflections/glare/ghosting, Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) for fast/precise/quiet autofocus, an internal zoom mechanism (i.e. the lens’ length doesn’t change), dust and moisture resistance, light zoom ring torque, Linear Response MF in the focus ring for fine manual focus control, 3 customizable focus-hold buttons, a Focus Range Limiter, and a fluorine coating that resists dirt/fingerprints.

Sony FE 600mm f/4 G

The new Sony 600mm f/4 G lens is the world’s lightest lens in its class, weighing just 6.71 pounds (3.04kg). The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III weighs the same while the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens weighs 8.4 pounds (3.8kg).

“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,” says Sony deputy president Neal Manowitz. “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.”

Controls on the lens include customizable focus-hold buttons in four different spots (which can be programmed for other purposes), a Full-Time DMF to use manual focusing at any time (with fine adjustments provided by the Linear Response MF), and a function ring with selectable “Preset” and “Function” settings. A drop-in filter slot in the lens allows for 40.5mm filters to be used.

Here are some official sample photos captured with the lens:

Features of the lens include built-in optical stabilization with three modes, two extreme dynamic (XD) linear motors for fast and precise autofocus and subject tracking, specially developed motion algorithms to minimize lag and instability, a large extreme aspherical (XA) element that “effectively suppress all common telephoto lens aberrations,” three fluorite elements that minimize chromatic aberration and color bleeding, an 11-blade circular aperture for beautiful bokeh, Nano AR coating for reduced reflections/glare/ghosting, a balanced design for improved operation, magnesium alloy for reducing weight and bulk, a strong and light carbon fiber hood, dust and moisture resistance, and a fluorine coating to resist dirt/fingerprints.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS will hit store shelves in August 2019 with a price tag of $2,000. The Sony FE 600mm f/4 G will also arrive in August 2019 and cost a hefty $13,000 (a smaller price tag than the $14,000 that was previously rumored).

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