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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

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

Flexible and Far Reaching

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-02

When I first purchased a tele lens, I went with the tried and true 70-200. It was fine, but I kept finding myself wishing I had more reach. I opted to sell that in favor of this 100-400. Although I wish it had a wider aperture, I do love this lens. I've had no issues with sharpness throughout the zoom range. The image stabilization is effective. The zoom and focus rings move easily, but not too easily. I appreciate I can modify the friction of the zoom ring on the fly. When tightened I've had no issues with creeping. Autofocus is fine, but I'm not doing any fast action shooting, so I can't speak to the speed. For my use it is fine, but I typically use manual focus.

Best Lens in My Bag

By Neil
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-17

So far I have been absolutely pleased with the results using this fantastic lens. It is fast, light and absolutely brilliant edge to edge. I will most certainly be using this now as my go to lens outdoors.

Versatile, sharp, and great for sports

By Matt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-17

This lens is great for action sports, is very sharp, and tracks fast movers well. It's also light enough to handhold, but can also be set on a monopod if you prefer. Also does macro surprisingly well, considering that's not its main purpose. Well worth the investment and the GMaster moniker.

High quality lens!

By Jose
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-29

This lens is for profesionals that know the importance of high quality optical glass.

Wow What a Lens

By Wendell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-15

I've never had a lens like this before. It is truly amazing and I love it. What would be one improvement I would make? I would add a solid barrel lock. With the camera on a strap walking gravity takes over and the barrel begins to extend, even with it on the tight setting, (vs. the smooth setting.) I am looking forward to using it more!

works great with A7RV

By Kahoun,
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-13

fast and sharp

Awesome for action sports and wildlife

By Fred
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-28

Awesome results with clear images and even when handheld. Focus fast and these photos were with the Sony 2x teleconverter. Very pleased with results/

So Far So Good!

By Ted
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-17

So far so good. Have only had it a short time, but so far I'm impressed.

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