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Sony 500mm f/4.0 G Telephoto Prime Lens

B&H # SO5004 MFR # SAL500F40G
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Product Highlights

  • Aperture Range: f/4.0-32
  • 3x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • Nano Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating
  • Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM)
  • 2x Direct Manual Focus (DMF) Modes
  • Dust & Moisture Resistant
  • Internal Focusing System
  • 4x Focus Hold Buttons
  • Magnesium Lens Barrel
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The 500mm f/4.0 G Telephoto Prime Lens from Sony is a very long telephoto lens with a fast f/4.0 aperture that uses three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and Nano AR lens coatings to maintain excellent contrast, and reduce internal reflections.

It is compatible with the Sony SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization system, and it has a Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM) with a drive circuit four times as fast as previous versions. The autofocus is fast and quiet. When used with a compatible APS-C format DSLR, the equivalent focal length of this lens is an outstanding 750mm.

This lens does its part to fight the elements with interlocking weather-resistant seals in and around the focusing ring and other vulnerable points to protect against moisture, dust and moisture.

Aperture Range: f/4.0-32
With a maximum aperture of f/4.0 and minimum of f/32, this lens' relatively high speed means you can capture images in darker conditions using faster shutter speeds and lower ISO sensitivity.
3x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in, the extra-low dispersion glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
Nano Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating
This lens has coatings that reduce the lens flare, internal reflections and light scattering that can otherwise occur on the surface of the lens' glass elements.
Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM)
Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.
2x Direct Manual Focus (DMF) Modes
These dual DMF mode switches allow you to quickly revert to manual focus by just turning the manual focus ring of the lens.
Dust & Moisture Resistant
The dust and moisture resistant design makes this lens appropriate for heavy-duty outdoor use, especially when combined with a DSLR that employs weather resistant construction.
Internal Focusing System
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change, creating a lens that focuses more quickly and doesn't change balance.
4x Focus Hold Buttons
This lens is made with a four Focus Hold buttons, which offer better focus control whenever you need it. Choose your focus using the large focus ring, and then lock it using any of these switches to keep it right where you want it.
Magnesium Lens Barrel
A strong, light magnesium lens barrel makes shooting for extended periods of time more comfortable.
Performance
Focal Length 500mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 750 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Minimum Focus Distance 13.12' (4.0 m)
Magnification 0.135x
Elements/Groups 11/10
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Not Specified By Manufacturer
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Rear:42 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 5.51 x 14.47" (14 x 36.75 cm)
Weight 7.63 lb (3.46 kg)
Sony 500mm f/4.0 G Telephoto Prime Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony500mm f/4.0 G Telephoto Prime Lens
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Very Fast Lens!

    By Moe Murad

    from Kuwait

    Comments about Sony 500mm f/4.0 G Telephoto Prime Lens:

    I just got this great lens with the 1.4x Sony converter attached to my Sony A77ii. The lens is a lightwieght champ comparing it to Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 G ii Lens Which i have. Focusing is really fast with the 1.4x! Without the 1.4x is much faster. The lens is sharp from f4! Im shooting birds only and details for me is important, the lens didnt disappoint me at all! Im loving it

    Price is hight comparing it to the new Canon 500mm f4 lens, but can the canon give you shatp images at f4! Nope! :)

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    (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unique lens

    By Peter138

    from Bonney Lake ,WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 500mm f/4.0 G Telephoto Prime Lens:

      I have used this lens for about a month .I am still testing it.This is a very unique lens .The best image is at full open aperture . The image quality starts to drop at f8.The image still looks great even with a 2X converter lens at full open aperture at F8 at 50% crop .The image gets a little sharper at f10.The more I use this lens the more I like it.

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      (26 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Lens I've ever had

      By Tony Mitra

      from Vancouver, BC, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 500mm f/4.0 G Telephoto Prime Lens:

      The package when it arrived, was a whole lot bigger than I expected.The lens contradicted my general assumption in many ways, such as the soft leather hood that goes for a lens cap, or the fact that the protective filter at the front end is part of the lens assembly itself.The sheer weight of the lens, and the amount of glass it contained surprised me. Then, as I attached my a77SLT camera to it and attempted to click a few shots - I got convinced of one fact - I've never had a long lens that is this sharp or this rich in colour saturation.Subsequently, I have taken it out on several birding trips around Vancouver, including a six or seven mile hikes. The camera is heavy, and it is not easy to quickly attach it to tripod. Neither is it easy to hand hold it for pictures.As a solution, I use a Manfrotto heavy tripod with a Gimball head and have the lens and camera attached to it all the time when I am out in the field. I carry the contraption over my shoulder, with the camera behind me and the three legs of the tripod ahead of me. The balance is good, but the weight can make your shoulder muscle sore after a while. A soft padding os some sort would be good.I can then lower the tripod on the ground in a few seconds and click off shots. The results are, relatively speaking, out of this world. The thing is, I never had a 500 mm prime lens. What I had before were Sigma zooms, and a Sony 70-400 zoom. All of them are good, but they simply cannot hold a candle to this lens.The autofocus is silent and instant. I played around with various autofocus settings of the camera, and in difficult situations, even manual focus. Each time, I was highly impressed by the lens. The Bekeh are out of this world.I have not had it for long, but it does appear solidly constructed. Externally its a beautiful looking lens, and often draws notes of admiration from passersby.What can I say, it is expensive and not for mere mortals, but I'd rather have this one than a an extra second hand car.

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