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Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens

BH #SO100400GM • MFR #SEL100400GM
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/40
  • One Super ED Element and Two ED Elements
  • Nano AR Coating and Fluorine Coating
Targeting sports, wildlife, and action shooters, this FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens from Sony will satisfy many photographers and videographers who are looking for a bit of extra reach with their full-frame E-mount camera. As a member of the G Master line, it is designed with outstanding resolution and sharpness in mind, along with a relatively compact size, responsive autofocus, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for outstanding performance at all focal lengths.
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Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Super-Telephoto Versatility
  • 3G Master Optics
  • 4Autofocus and Image Stabilization
  • 5Durable Design and Intuitive Handling
By B&H Photo's
Super-Telephoto Versatility
Targeting sports, wildlife, and action shooters, this FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens from Sony will satisfy many photographers and videographers who are looking for a bit of extra reach with their full-frame E-mount camera. As a member of the G Master line, it is designed with outstanding resolution and sharpness in mind, along with a relatively compact size, responsive autofocus, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for outstanding performance at all focal lengths.
G Master Optics
Characteristic of the G Master line, this telephoto zoom offers excellent optical performance with both high sharpness and smooth bokeh.

  • Two extra-low dispersion elements and one Super ED element control chromatic aberrations and reduce color fringing for increased clarity and color fidelity.
  • Nano AR Coating reduces surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.
  • Far-reaching telephoto zoom sports a f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture range that is an ideal compromise resulting in a lightweight, compact design and bright enough performance for working in available lighting conditions.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Autofocus and Image Stabilization
  • Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor AF (DDSSM) and internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with more natural, intuitive manual focus control.
  • Floating elements system benefits image quality when working at the 3.2' minimum focusing distance with 0.35x magnification.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld.
Durable Design and Intuitive Handling
  • Zoom torque adjustment ring will help provide users with added control over the zoom function of the lens.
  • Focus range limiter and focus hold controls offer more intuitive handling and faster performance when photographing moving subjects.
  • Removable rotating tripod mount permits quick switching from horizontal to vertical shooting orientations.
  • Dust and weather-sealed construction benefits using the lens in inclement shooting conditions.
  • The front lens element features a fluorine coating to protect against smudges and dust from adhering to the glass surface.
  • Compatible with FE 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for reaching focal lengths up to 800mm.

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Specs

Focal Length100 to 400mm
Maximum Aperturef/4.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32 to 40
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View24° to 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance3.2' / 98 cm
Maximum Magnification0.35x
Optical Design22 Elements in 16 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.7 x 8.07" / 93.9 x 205 mm
Length at Maximum Extension11.2" / 284 mm
Weight3.1 lb / 1395 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.72 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12 x 5.6 x 5.5"

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Reviews

A real workhorse in outdoors

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-18

I use this almost entirely hand held either bracing with knees or using higher iso. At small apertures it goes soft, so using practical f stops for DOF, it goes soft a lot. And hand holding requires larger iso creating noise. Topaz does a reasonable job sharpening and reducing noise if you are careful to inspect results before choosing settings. The extension of the tube is less desirable that the built in zoom of the 70-200. Overall, I get cleaner images with the 70-200, but using a 2X teleconverter is a bit of a pain. I take the 70-200 into narrow slot canyons, and take the 100-400 into the larger open spaces. I can use a tripod to lower the iso, but unless I focus stack, I have to live with the softness. I think all these are just the tradeoffs of making lenses. I don't see anything that suggests anything other than high quality.

You're going to miss out on the moments

By Abhishek
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-03

I bought this for action and animal photography and after almost a year of use I think this product is more like a sore thumb. It's rarely able to lock on fast moving subjects and fails likewise on slow moving objects as well. It's frustrating to put all the efforts for capturing rare moments in remote locations but not able to see anything more that a blurry blob. The success rate of an acceptable action photo out of this lens is about 5%. I will say take your shot with 100-400mm with a teleconverter cause this is as good as your great grandfather's toy telescope.

My most used wildlife lens

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-22

A+ lens. Add the 1.4 Teleconverter and you now have a 560mm with excellent image quality. Also does really well with the 2.0 TC but needs good light. Excellent image quality even at 800mm. I carry this lens and both TC's 90% of the time. I have this lens and the 200-600 which is also fantastic but it is on the heavy side.

Outstanding

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-13

I have this lens along with the 200-600 and this is the most used by far. Super detail and color. I use it mostly for closeup/macro shots and for birds with the 1.4 TC. A truly outstanding lens on my Sony A1.

Fantastic lens!

By Rick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-10

The purchasing experience with B&H was excellent as always. The lens is very manageable for hand holding, the OSS works well and the optics are superb! Typical GM lens in terms of performance, build quality and handling! I also have the 70-200mm f2.8 GM ver1 lens and the 100-400 handles very much the same way. Quick, accurate focus and very good tracking. The fact that it is not internal focus is really the biggest difference. The bokeh is great with the long end compression this lens has! Very happy with this one and the fact that the minimum focus distance is so close is just an added bonus when it comes to macro shots! Highly recommend!

Outstanding

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-04

My standard lens for my A1. Works without sacrifice with the 1.4 tc for 560 mm which is perfect most of the time. I also have the 200-600 but the weight is a bit much for everyday use. Unbelievable image quality even with the 1.4 tc. Birds in Flight with the eye tracking is nothing short of amazing! Super-fast autofocus.

Wonderful range and picture quality

By Angie P
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-31

Got this for wildlife photos and it does not disappoint. Very happy with the image quality and how responsive the lens is.

great lens love it

By gar b
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-26

only take it off to switch to a wide angle lens. produces sharp images and so far tracks moving objects with incredible accuracy. paired it with the 1.4 teleconverter and it is still super sharp and fast. in my opion it is well worth the price I paid

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