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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/4.5-5.6 to f/32-40
  • 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 for outstanding resolution and sharpness with minimal aberrations, something assisted by the implementation of one Super ED and two ED elements as well as a Nano AR coating. It also features a relatively compact size through the use of an f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture range, and it is equipped with both a Direct Drive SSM autofocus system as 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

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 for outstanding resolution and sharpness with minimal aberrations, something assisted by the implementation of one Super ED and two ED elements as well as a Nano AR coating. It also features a relatively compact size through the use of an f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture range, and it is equipped with both a Direct Drive SSM autofocus system as Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for outstanding performance at all focal lengths.

The lens features numerous other settings and controls for making operation smooth and intuitive for a variety of shooting styles. This includes a zoom torque adjustment ring that lets users dial in the stiffness of the zoom mechanism. It also has an internal focus system with a minimum focus distance of just 3.22' as well as focus range limiter switch for faster focusing. Other physical controls and options include multiple customizable focus hold buttons, an AF/MF switch, and a removable and rotatable tripod mount. Additionally, it has a dust- and weather-resistant construction and a nine-blade circular diaphragm.

As part of Sony's esteemed G Master series, this lens is designed to achieve notably high resolution and sharpness through the correction of a wide variety of spherical and chromatic aberrations. Additionally, these lenses feature robust and intuitive-to-handle physical designs to benefit both photography and cine applications.
A far-reaching telephoto zoom designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras, this 100-400mm lens is also compatible with APS-C models where it provides a 150-600mm equivalent focal length range.
A maximum aperture range of f/4.5-5.6 helps minimize size and weight while providing excellent performance in a variety of applications.
Two extra-low dispersion elements and one Super ED element are featured in the lens design and help to control chromatic aberrations and reduce color fringing for increased clarity and color fidelity.
A Nano AR Coating has been applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld with slower shutter speeds. This stabilization system can also be combined with select camera's sensor-shift type image stabilization for more effective control of camera blur.
A Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor AF system and internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control.
A zoom torque adjustment ring will help provide users with added control over the zoom function of the lens.
A floating elements system benefits image quality when working at the 3.22' minimum focusing distance with 0.35x magnification.
Focus range limiter and focus hold controls offer more intuitive handling and faster performance when photographing moving subjects.
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.
A rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Removable rotating tripod mount permits quick switching from horizontal to vertical shooting orientations.
Compatible with Sony's 1.4x and 2x FE teleconverters for reaching distances of up to 800mm.
The included lens hood features a filter access window and a lock switch.
UPC: 027242906136

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 Distance3.22' / 0.98 m
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 Extension11.18" / 284 mm
Weight49.21 oz / 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

Crisp pix of moons of Jupiter

By Douglas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-09

I wanted this lens for astro and travel. My early use was astro (travel will resume when world is ready). I was able to shoot the 4 inner moons of Jupiter with the Lens plus 2x on a stable mount. I expected to have to shoot longer exposures but with this pair I was shooting in sub-second times and really happy with the results on my Sony A1. Focus, stability and range all winners.

Great lens!

By Xiaojing
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-01

This lens is so sharp and the focus is blazing fast!

Excellent Wildlife Lens

By Michelle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-26

I have used the Sony G 70-300mm lens along with the Sony G 24-105mm lens for nature hikes but purchased the 100-400mm GM lens to gain more reach for wildlife. It is not a cheap lens, but the photo quality is amazing, and you can easily see difference between it and the less expensive 70-300mm lens. Yes, it's sharp. But there's also something else that's hard to put into words. The images just look better. This is not a lightweight lens, and I'm definitely not a weightlifter. However, it's just light enough to carry and use handheld for half a day or so. It actually weighs more than my camera body... I went back and forth between this lens and the Sony GM 200-600mm since the latter is a better range for bird photography. I do wish the 100-400mm had a short throw like the internally zooming 200-600mm one. But at the end of the day, I chose portability over reach and am quite happy with the choice. The other lens is just too large for me to realistically pack and carry. Anecdotally, I also tried the Sigma 100-400mm F 5-6.3 lens and was not pleased with missed auto-focus on burst shots or the actual image quality. It's not really a fair comparison since the Sigma is much more affordable. But the Sony lens, for me, had better auto-focus performance and image quality (actually the Sony G 70-300mm was also superior and remains my choice for long hikes when the 100-400mm is too heavy). The build quality of the 100-400mm is also superior over the Sigma, and it is compatible with Sony's teleconverters. The Sigma also has a fairly long (and variable) min focal distance and was not convenient for close-up shots of flowers and bugs on a narrow hiking trail. 100-400mm is useful range for most things on a hike except wide landscapes (assuming you have enough light since the Sony 100-400mm lens isn't particularly fast), and I highly recommend this lens if it is within your budget. It is a worthwhile investment you will enjoy for years.

Really great lens

By Anne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-15

This lens is awesome...it's fast and sharp. Pictures turn out amazing. It's a great lens for sports and wildlife. Worth the purchase.

Great optics, fast af

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-25

I'm generally happy with all aspects of this lens. I only wish it had a zoom lock switch.

Straight up awesome lens

By Sachith
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-12

Sold my first copy and bought the 200-600. Missed it too much and bought this again. Pretty awesome all around lens.

Amazing Lens

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-09

I love it, took some time to get used to the weight but aside from that high quality ! Feels premium, and come with a cool carrying case.

Quality control issue

By Jason
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-09

Dust/reflective material right in the center of inside of new lens.

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