Today, Sony announced a new super-telephoto prime lens and super-telephoto zoom lens aimed at sports, action, and wildlife photographers.
Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS
The 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 is the first native full-frame mirrorless super-telephoto zoom lens. The very first thing you'll notice about it is that it is all self-contained; both the focus and zoom are surprisingly internal and so it does not physically extend ever.
This optically stabilized lens measures in at 4.38 by 12.51 inches (111.5 by 318 millimeters) and at its most portable, the lens weighs 4.6 pounds (2,115 grams) without the removable tripod foot installed. Inside, there are 24 elements in 17 groups including 1 aspherical element and 5 ED elements. There are 11 aperture blades which should translate to better out of focus qualities.
Autofocus is handled with a DDSSM system, something not out of place for a mid-tier G lens. Sony promises fast and accurate focusing with minimal noise that could potentially disturb wildlife subjects. It also has a relatively close focus distance of just 2.4 meters.
The other big surprise is that this 200-600mm is fully compatible with Sony's two teleconverters which previously only worked with select G Master lenses.
The FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS will be shipping in August 2019 and cost $1,997.99.
Sony FE 600mm f/4 G Master OSS
One of the most anticipated lenses ever, the 600mm f/4 for Sony mirrorless is now a reality. And the wait may have paid of, as it is now the lightest 600mm f/4 lens available today at only 6.71 pounds (3,040 grams).
This sports, wildlife, and bird photography lens measures in at 6.44 by 17.67 inches (163.6 by 449 millimeters). Inside it features 24 elements in 18 groups, including 1 XA elements, 2 ED elements, and 3 fluorite elements. This lens too uses 11 aperture blades.
With no expense spared, the 600mm GM uses the latest XD linear motors, two of them in fact, to drive the focusing group for reliable tracking and more precise autofocus. The XD focus system also uses "specially developed motion algorithms" for faster response. Close focus distance for this lens is 4.5 meters.
Compatible with the Sony FE 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, the lens can transform into a 840mm f/5.6 and 1200mm f/8 lens for increased reach. In this area, Sony promised no image degradation, citing that the optics of the G Master lens are so perfect that there are no imperfections that the teleconverters can exploit and enhance.
The FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS will also begin shipping in August 2019 and cost $12,997.99.