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Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens

BH #SO6004GM • MFR #SEL600F40GM
Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Three Fluorite, Two ED, One XA Elements
  • Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings
Impressive reach and capable speed, the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS is a refined super-telephoto characterized by its G Master optics, durable construction, and surprisingly lightweight design for increased shooting versatility. As a super-telephoto prime, this lens is at home with sports and wildlife subjects, and fast AF performance, apt OSS, and intuitive handling further round out the professional feature-set.
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Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Peak Performance Super-Telephoto
  • 3Innovative Optical Design
  • 4Fast Focusing and Reliable OSS
  • 5Professional Durability and Intuitive Handling
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Peak Performance Super-Telephoto

Impressive reach and capable speed, the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS is a refined super-telephoto characterized by its G Master optics, durable construction, and surprisingly lightweight design for increased shooting versatility. As a super-telephoto prime, this lens is at home with sports and wildlife subjects, and fast AF performance, apt OSS, and intuitive handling further round out the professional feature-set.

Innovative Optical Design

  • As part of Sony's esteemed G Master series, this lens is designed to achieve a balance of impressive resolution and sharpness along with distinctive and pleasing bokeh.
  • Bright f/4 maximum aperture enables working in difficult lighting conditions and also provides extremely shallow depth of field for isolating subjects from busy backgrounds.
  • Three fluorite elements and two extra-low dispersion element minimize axial and lateral chromatic aberrations, as well as color fringing, for high clarity and color accuracy.
  • Nano AR coating has been applied to interior lens surfaces to suppress reflections that cause flare and ghosting.
  • G Master optical design includes one large-diameter XA (Extreme Aspherical) element to reduce spherical aberrations and achieve for high sharpness, and this design, along with a rounded 11-blade diaphragm, also contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Fast Focusing and Reliable OSS

  • XD (Extreme Dynamic) Linear Motor System quietly and quickly focuses on fast-moving subjects while shooting at high speeds.
  • High-precision XD motor system is also complemented by updated AF algorithms for improved responsiveness and quieter operation, further benefitting sports and wildlife applications.
  • Power Focus functionality for smooth focus during video recording.
  • Full-time DMF supports manually adjusting focus simply by turning the focusing ring, regardless of the focusing mode, and Linear Response MF provides a natural and responsive focus feeling for more precise manual control.
  • Focus range limiter switch and preset focus functions increase focusing efficiency either within a certain constrained range or immediately to a specified focusing point.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake to better enable making sharp shots when working handheld.
  • When used on a camera body featuring in-body image stabilization, 5-axis stabilization is available for more robust support.
  • Three difference stabilization modes can be used depending on the shooting situation: Mode 1 for general shooting, Mode 2 for panning shooting, and Mode 3 prioritizes accurate framing when photographing and tracking fast and erratically moving subjects.

Professional Durability and Intuitive Handling

  • Weather-sealed construction to protect against dust, dirt, and moisture.
  • Fluorine-coated front element resists dirt and fingerprints and is also easier to clean.
  • Weighing just 6.7 lb, this lens is notably portable for a 600mm f/4 super-telephoto. The weight of the lens is also distributed toward the back, where it would sit over a monopod, making tracking subjects and panning easier.
  • In addition to the weight-saving use of fluorite elements in the optical design, the external barrel design makes extensive use of magnesium alloy to contribute to the lightweight-yet-durable construction.
  • Increased mount strength for ensured rigidity that will withstand professional use.
  • Function ring near the front of the lens can be set to control a preset focus position or can be assigned to power focus or other selectable features via an in-camera menu.
  • Four separate focus hold buttons can be customized to adjust or activate a variety of settings, such as Eye AF.
  • The rear of the lens features a drop-in filter slot that accepts 40.5mm round filters.
  • Rotating tripod collar features ball bearings for smooth movements along with detents at each 90° position for intuitive handling. These clicks can also be deactivated.
  • As an additional weight-saving element, the included lens hood is made from carbon fiber.
  • Compatible with optional FE 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters.

Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Specs

Focal Length600mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View4° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance14.8' / 4.5 m
Maximum Magnification0.14x
Optical Design24 Elements in 18 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarFixed and Rotating
Filter Size40.5 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)6.4 x 17.7" / 163.6 x 449 mm
Weight6.7 lb / 3040 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight21.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)28 x 17 x 14"

Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Reviews

Superb piece of glass!

By Juan Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-20

I have been a Canon user all my professional career but recently switched to Sony and boy, this lens is as sharp if not sharper than my previous Canon 600f/4II.

Costly but worth every penny

By Gerry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-21

The lens is truly a professional lens - if you have a limited budget the 200-600 Sony is great. I recently switched from Nikon to Sony and this lens my go-to for wildlife photography.

Best lens for birds

By Patrick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-18

I recently purchased the Sony FE 600mm f/4 and I am delighted! The minimal weight of this lens was very surprising as I had lugged my Nikon 600 for years (I am now 77 years young) and needed less weight. Then, to pick up this lens, it almost hit the ceiling since I was expecting the typical heavyweight. The build quality is freakingly good. I was photographing birds during a very misty day that turned to snow. A little soft towel and all was well again just as I had anticipated for a quality Sony lens. Another surprise was the storage and transport case. In the past, I seemed to get the shipping container from hell (not how it left B&H). The Sony lens case held up to almost any abuse. I cannot say enough good things about the ability to handhold this lens while taking movies or stills of birds on the wing. Thanks, Sony, you have impressed me once again. I waited for three months for this lens. The B&H representatives told me to be patient and continue to wait for this gem. They were right on the money.

I mean...

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-02

If you bought it you know what you bought and why you bought it. And if you're thinking about buying it, yes, it's everything people say it is and more. And yeah, the price tag is nuts. But so is the lens. Best thing I ever purchased.

Beyond my expectations.

By Blind Squirrel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-29

This lens is tack sharp, and the dual linear motors make for super fast autofocus. Lens is much lighter and more balanced than any other 600mm I have ever worked with. These benefits are what makes the cost of this lens justifiable for me. I shoot 90% of my images hand held and I am shooting erratic fast moving subjects. This lens allows me to get the job done, and not get beat up in the process. For me - this lens is a dream come true.

Terrific!!!

By Ken
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-24

Expensive, but comparably priced to other brands. Great reach. Lightweight and beautiful bokeh. Perfect for sports and wildlife. Two caveats: 1) Study your focus modes. Some Sony newcomers use the wrong AF mode and blame the lens when the photos are soft or out of focus. 2) If you will be hiking and shooting on trails and close quarters, consider the Sony 200-600G.

Yes, it is.

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-26

When you see a lens priced so high as this one, you have to wonder if any lens can be worth that much money. And I did wonder-especially because I had already upgraded to the Sony 200-600mm, which is sharper than the Olympus 300mm that I had been very happy with for years. (I upgraded primarily because of the camera, not the lens.) Eventually I decided to take the plunge. Money doesn't grow on trees around here, so I sold the Miata to almost cover the cost of the lens. Was it worth the trade? You betcha. When I compare shots of soccer players taken with the 200-600 against shots of the same players taken with the 600mm under the same lighting (though different days), there is no question that the 600mm is a much better lens. There is a presence to the image that amounts to much more than the sum of better sharpness, plus better color, plus better bokeh. This lens is a thing of beauty. And isn't that why we take pictures in the first place?

Amazing len

By Shachar
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-14

If you bought it, you know why :-)

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