Sony’s new FE 400mm f/2.eight OSS lens is a premium telephoto prime lens for Sony E/FE mount cameras, and is designed for prime picture high quality, excessive efficiency, and excessive reliability. We went taking pictures with the brand new lens, and have uploaded quite a few pattern images.

Sony FE 400mm f/2.eight GM OSS Dealing with and Options

Sony FE 400mm F2 8 OSS Hands On (4)
Taking pictures – Taken with the Sony FE 400mm f/2.eight G Grasp OSS lens.

The lens options direct handbook focus, with a big focus ring, to be able to override auto focus at any time, and there’s additionally digital focus, to be able to regulate focus at a constant velocity when recording video utilizing the thinner ring. Focus is extraordinarily speedy, with the lens simply in a position to sustain with the Sony Alpha A9’s 20fps with steady AF. The closest focus distance is 270cm (2.7m).

Using three fluorite parts, has enabled a extra compact design and weight for the lens. To not be confused with the fluorine coating on the entrance of the lens, designed to repel smudges and fingerprints.

The lens has a weather-sealed mud and moisture resistant building with a magnesium alloy lens physique, and climate sealed buttons and controls. The construct high quality is superb, with the lens feeling extraordinarily effectively put collectively. The match and end of the buttons, and rubber rings feels glorious.

Sony FE 400mm F2 8 OSS (1)

The controls / switches on the facet are:

  • AF/MF
  • Full time DMF On/Off
  • Focus Full / 7-2.7m / infinity-7m
  • Preset / Perform / Off – with Set button (to setup the buttons)
  • Optical regular shot On/Off
  • Mode 1, 2, 3
  • Beep On/Off

The operate button(s) may be customised to be able to set them to do what you need. One suggestion was that you possibly can use them to modify on and off eye/face detection focus.

Nearest to the lens mount (and digicam physique) is the drop-in 40.5mm filter holder. There can be a round polarising filter obtainable, which could have an externally accessible management to be able to flip the round polarising filter.

The tripod collar may be rotated, and clicks into place each 90 levels. You possibly can swap this click on on or off.

There’s a hidden safety lock gap on the facet, to be able to use a safety cable reminiscent of a Kensington lock to maintain the £10,500 lens safely connected to you. The supplied lens hood is carbon fibre, making it light-weight in addition to robust.

The lens has been designed to work with the 1.4X TC, and the two.0X TC, giving 560mm and 800mm. When used on a Sony APS-C E mount digicam, such because the A6500, the lens offers a 600mm equal in 35mm phrases.

Sony FE 400mm Case (2)

The case that comes with the lens has area for the non-obligatory 1.4x TC and a pair of.0x TC, in addition to the non-obligatory CIR-PL filter (RRP £420). The lens comes with a strap, and there’s a strap included for the case as effectively.

The lens tripod mount has 2x 1/4inch tripod threads, in addition to a 1/2inch tripod thread.

Weight – The Sony 400mm f/2.eight lens weighs 2987g, in comparison with the Canon 400mm f/2.8L which is available in at 3850g, and the Nikon 400mm f/2.eight which isn’t far behind at 3800g.

The lens additionally has a balanced weight distribution, making the lens appropriate to be used on monopods or to be used handheld. While the lens is the lightest 400mm f/2.eight lens obtainable, it’s nonetheless heavy, and the usage of a monopod, tripod, or different floor to carry the lens and digicam is advisable, as you’ll quickly tire of carrying a lens of this weight. For those who’re used to taking pictures with one of many alternate options, this may really feel lighter as compared.
 

Sony FE 400mm f/2.eight GM OSS Images of Gear

 

Sony FE 400mm f/2.eight GM OSS Fingers-On Images of Gear

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