Sony Announces FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS and 600mm f/4 GM Lenses

Sony Announces FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS and 600mm f/4 GM Lenses

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.

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16 Comments

Farhad Farajov's picture

Ryan, please change the places of photos

Jon G's picture

You got these lenses mixed up - the wrong photos are under each heading. The lens with the black badge and the zoom ring is the 200-600.

Soon we will have the article questioning why these are so expensive.

Rayann Elzein's picture

That would be dumb... Looks like they're the same as the Canikon equivalents, no?

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I think these are dumb. That's just how much things cost.

David Penner's picture

Especially when it's sorta a niche product. I doubt once it's all said and done they don't really make a ton of money off these. At least not for a while.

Tony Tumminello's picture

You missed:

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Marius Pettersen's picture

And that's the point of the videos - not to criticize the price, but to get an understanding of why they cost what they cost. Gees.

C Fisher's picture

People don't like being reminded they're poor maybe hahaha. "You can't afford this 12k lens and here's why!" I just look at them as knockoff how it's made articles.

They are saying they are expensive, which they are not. They simply cost a certain amount of money that some may afford and others not. The articles are not price breakdowns of the manufacturing process, though they somewhat explain how the build and quality result in what some would consider an elevated price.

Rob Woodham's picture

Exactly. This is a new lens built by a company without the image background that Canon and Nikon has meant for a new camera ecosystem. They're not going to sell a ton of these to say the least - they have to build a business case for the manufacture of these lenses somehow.

Makes the price for the 600mm F4 all the more surprising, It's £1000 cheaper than the Canon version which is the closest one to it in weight.

Rob Woodham's picture

It's completely reasonable at 600mm at that price point. You won't be shooting any dusk/night/dawn situations, but it'll be nice and sharp for daytime use, especially coupled with the various IS options in the combo. Even Sigma's 150-600 is variable from f5 to 6.3.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

What were you expecting, f2.8? A 200-600m f2.8? Double fucking LOL!!! This guy.

Yes, a standard slow super tele zoom. Should cost 1k, but this one is nice white and has the Sony G logo so apparently everyone is happy to buy it for 2k.

How many of those "standard slow super tele zoom" lenses zoom internally? How many of them are fully weather sealed? Wasn't the Sigma 150-600 S $1999 at release? IMO, this lens could be listed for $2500 or more and still sell very well.