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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
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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

Key Specs
Focal Length
100 to 400mm
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5 to 5.6
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Filter Size
77 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture
f/32 to 40
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
24° to 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance
3.2' / 98 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.35x
Optical Design
22 Elements in 16 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Tripod Collar
Removable and Rotating
Filter Size
77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.7 x 8.07" / 93.9 x 205 mm
Length at Maximum Extension
11.2" / 284 mm
Weight
3.1 lb / 1395 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.72 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12 x 5.6 x 5.5"

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

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It's clear that everyone loves this lens for nature and sports. I'm wondering about its versatility. What is your experience with portraiture at or near the lower end of the zoom range? FYI, I have the Zeiss Batis 135 (and am considering a return) and must stop it down to at least 4.5 if I am at all close to the subject to obtain a usable DOF. Portraiture results? Or is this strictly useful for nature and sports?
Asked by: David
While this lens is popular among nature and sports shooters, it can do very well for those shooting portraits from a greater distance from the lower end of the zoom range.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Does the specified weight (1395g) include the ...

Does the specified weight (1395g) include the tripod foot?
Asked by: Stephen
I assume it does, because the foot is supplied with the lens, not as an optional accessory, and the ring to which it attaches is not removable.
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2020-06-19

Should steady shot be turned off when using the ...

Should steady shot be turned off when using the stabilizer on this lens?
Asked by: John
No, the in body stabilization on cameras is best left on when using the stabilization on the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens. These 2 forms of stabilization work together for superior performance.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2023-02-08

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anybody expirienced this lens on fs7?ivan
Asked by: Ivan P.
This is a superb lens and we would expect equal performance on the Sony FS7.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I used this lens and a7R3 to photograph trumpet ...

I used this lens and a7R3 to photograph trumpet swans in RAW. The images of trumpet swans do not look sharp at 100% zoom or Actual Pixels View on the Sony Viewer software, do you experience the same effect? Thank you.
Asked by: George
Yes, I set the Shutter Speed at 1/2000th or faster, the ISO 1000 and the Aperture wide open for swans in flight. I am trying to find out is Sharpness not Blur at 100% zoom on the Sony Viewer sw. Another thing I noticed is the landscape photo looks grainy at 100% zoom but looks good at 50% zoom. I think this is the inherent characteristics of the CMOS sensors (CCD, CMOS). I thought the BSICMOS got better but it is not to the degree I expected. Thank you.
Answered by: George
Date published: 2020-12-31

Trying to figure how to mount to my Manfrotto 509 ...

Trying to figure how to mount to my Manfrotto 509 Pro video tripod. I should be able to just remove the tripod's plate and just slide in the 100-400 tripod mount, right?
Asked by: Mary
You need to screw the plate that came with your tripod onto the lens collar and then you can place the lens on the tripod. Without the plate it will not be possible to place the lens on the tripod head.
Answered by: Daniel C
Date published: 2022-03-14

Mounted on a Sony a7R2 can reach be extended ...

Mounted on a Sony a7R2 can reach be extended optically without teleconverter?
Asked by: Kevin W.
Yes. With standard digital zoom, pictures captured by the image sensor of the camera are enlarged using digital signal processing. Therefore, as the magnification level increases, signals to be estimated also increase and can reduce the image quality. When using Clear Image Zoom , however, zoomed images are captured close to the original quality when shooting a still picture. The camera first zooms to the maximum optical magnification, then uses Clear Image Zoom technology to enlarge the image an additional 2x, producing sharp clear images despite the increased zoom ratio. The Smart Zoom™ feature allows images to be zoomed without losing picture quality. The central part of the picture is trimmed and enlarged without image processing.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-11-20

Would you recommend this lens or the new version ...

Would you recommend this lens or the new version of Sony's 70-200mm lens for landscapes and wildlife photos for a very amateur photographer?
Asked by: Deborah
I am also an armature photog. It really depends on what you are shooting. I sometimes find 200mm is not long enough. However depending on the camera and subject, I am able to blow up the image with no loss of quality.
Answered by: Steven
Date published: 2022-01-21
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