Sony has appeared to have filed new patent applications for two more prime supertelephoto lenses: a 500mm f/4 and a 600mm f/4. Hold your wallet and check out these first images of their internal design.
Published today by Sony Alpha Rumors, the website said that they have spotted new patent applications filed by Sony back in 2017 and were now published in May 2018. The application shows three lenses, one of which is the already-known FE 400mm f/2.8 GM that is launching in September of this year. The other two we haven’t heard word of before until now.
It’s no secret that Sony wants to go big into the sports photography world, and the a9 camera wasn’t developed as just a fun side project. I think these three lens options, if all make it to market, are going to finally satisfy checklists for many pro sports holdouts of the Sony mirrorless system. The pending 500mm and 600mm lenses are also starting to reach into wildlife and bird photography territory as well, which I am personally thrilled about.
For a closer look at the FE 400mm f/2.8 GM lens, check out this video from Sony Artisan Patrick Murphy-Racey detailing many of its features.
Patent images sourced via Sony Alpha Rumors.