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The Sony FE 400mm f2.eight G Grasp OSS is a super-telephoto lens designed for full-frame Alpha mirrorless cameras. Launched in June 2018 however teased for a number of months beforehand, it’s the primary vivid aperture super-telephoto for Sony’s native mirrorless mount, and one which lastly permits them to pitch the system as a critical rival to Canon and Nikon for professional sports activities and wildlife photographers.

The FE 400mm f2.eight GM OSS could also be roughly the identical measurement as rival lenses from Canon and Nikon however at 2895g / 6.4lbs impressively weighs-in virtually one kilogram or two kilos lighter. This distinction turns into even higher if you match their respective professional our bodies and makes the mix a lot simpler to shoot with handheld. The optical development can also be extra complicated, with 23 components in 17 teams together with three Fluorite components, and a focus of components in the direction of the center of the barrel for higher steadiness particularly with lighter our bodies. As a G Grasp lens, Sony additionally claims very excessive sharpness throughout your complete body in addition to engaging out-of-focus rendering.

The autofocus could be very quick, pushed by a brand new XD Linear Motor which – with new management algorithms – is as much as 5 instances faster than ring-type SSM techniques; Sony additionally claims the AF efficiency stays when fitted with the 1.4x or 2x teleconverters. The lens additionally contains optical stabilisation, focus vary limiters, 4 focus lock buttons and a twistable operate ring which may be configured to return to pre-focused distances, easily rack focus or toggle between full-frame and APSC crop modes; notice the menu to configure this ring requires a physique firmware replace with Sony solely supporting the A9 at launch, though in each different respect the lens is appropriate with different our bodies.

Sony’s pricing the FE 400mm f2.eight GM OSS barely increased than its rivals at $12000 USD when it turns into formally accessible in September, though at $10000 for the Canon and simply over $11000 for the Nikon, it’s in the same ballpark. I had an opportunity to shoot with the lens on an A9 physique and have put collectively a first-looks video evaluation beneath in addition to a broad number of pattern pictures. In my assessments to date, it seems sharper into the corners than rivals, focuses quicker whereas additionally exploiting all of the AF advantages of the A9, and is noticeably lighter too.

 

 

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Above: Canon, Nikon and Sony 400mm f2.eight lenses with out hoods (left) and with hoods (proper)

 

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