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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

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

My favorite lens

By DrAdrian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-20

I have owned and used the Sony 24mm, 24-105 and 70-200 lenses. I also have the 24-70 2.8. Despite other lenses being more compact, the Sony 100-400 GM is on my a7Riii all the time. I only switch when I want to photography something specific. Many people say the 70-200 is a good all around lens, but I now use the 100-400 instead, which has replaced the 70-200. I love the close focusing distance, fast focus and image quality from the 100-400GM. And yes, I use it mostly hand held, which is a testament to the overall handling of this lens.

Great Lens, BUT

By Ken
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-28

This is a great lens. A good amount of reach and is not too heavy. Shots are tack sharp in most conditions. The only issue I have with the lens is, too bad is is not and internal zoom, rather than the barrel extending. One other issue is there is NO barrel lock. There is a tightness ring, but I use a cotton carry and the lens will still creep. Otherwise it is a great lens. I would have payed a few bucks more for those two features.

Exceptionally Great Lens!

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-23

This lens has performed above and beyond my expectations, having used it for a few months now in combination with the A7IV. Primary use has been wildlife and bird photography, but this lens has outperformed and been wonderful in other situations as well! C-AF tracks exceptionally well. Construction is perfect and I have used it in extremely cold and harsh MN winter environments. No interior fogging or moisture. The lens is easy to handle and carry handheld or on a tripod or monopod, and hand placement feels natural. Images come out tack sharp. Using with 1.4x teleconverter, the one stop loss of light is absolutely not an issue with this lens. I love it!

Great Lens

By Christine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-06

I love this lens. It is perfect for wildlife photography.

We call her Bertha

By Jesse
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-09

I have nothing bad to say about this lens. She heavy though.

High Performance Lens

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-16

I'm using this lens on a Sony a7r iii A. I was concerned about the price vs performance but that concern has proven to be unfounded. I made the move from Nikon over to Sony last year and I have been blown away by the performance of my Sony system in all respects. Don't get me wrong, my Nikon D850 was the best DSLR I've ever owned, the problem was finding lenses that could keep up with the camera. Not so with Sony. The Sony 100-400 G-Master is SHARP across all of the Zoom range and the color fidelity is true to life. As a Landscape/Nature photographer for more than 40 years, I can say that this is the best Long lens I have ever owned, including lenses that came at three times the price. Their is plenty of info on-line that will provide specific objective data on how the lens performs, the real life performance is even better. This is a High Performance lens in all respects and B&H is the only business that I trust to buy from. Thank You B&H, Thank You Sony.

From build quality to image quality the best

By Chibchas758
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-03

I use other 100-400 for other manufacturers but this one sit on top in so many things, the results that you get are amazing, paired with a high resolution camera like A7R show no laws what so ever

It's worth it

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-03

Like most people who are looking at a tele-zoom for Sony, I was very interested in the Sigma Contemporary 100-400 dg dn. Some weight, size, and price savings in comparison to the GM. I ended up returning 3 of the Sigma's before getting my GM. I kept the first copy of the GM I received. There's a reason the Sigma is $1500 less expensive. I do landscapes, so sharpness past the center of the frame is important to me. From my experience, the Contemporary is more like a 100-200mm that Sigma put a 300mm and a 400mm on the end of. All copies of the Sigma I tested were on an a7rii and all were decentered. I'm sure the Sigma would look better on a 24mp camera. The GM looks to be fully resolving the sensor in the center of the frame from 100-300. It blows the Sigma away here and at the edges. Resolution falls on my copy of the GM at 400mm but trust me it's not much. You're going to need a prime if you want any better at 400. There's no comparison between the two lenses at 400. I heard and saw reviews that said the Sony slightly bested the Sigma at 400mm. Lies! It's a landslide victory for the Sony. All copies of the Sigma weren't useable past the very center of the frame at 400. The issues with the GM are the price, size/ weight in comparison to the Sigma, and the tight/loose zoom setting. I won't comment on the price but while I would rather have a slightly smaller and lighter lens, the GM is not that much bigger than the Sigma. I'm no pro but the tight/loose setting on the GM is useless. There doesn't seem to be much of a difference on my copy between tight and loose. I would rather have a switch that locks it at 100mm, and it always set to loose. There is some zoom creep. All in all, I love the lens. It's good at infinity and minimum focus. Autofocus is accurate and fast. It is sharp all the way out to the edges. Even though the lens is a rockstar, good technique is still needed to get the most out of the lens. I expect to use it for years and would purchase it again.

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Asked by: Ivan P.
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Date published: 2022-01-21

Where is this lens made?

Where is this lens made?
Asked by: Kim
Mine says "Made in Japan" BTW it's a fabulous lens
Answered by: John
Date published: 2022-03-10
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