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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

Simply the Best

By harsha
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-10

need to get used to the weight, but once you used to it, you will love the performance

Worth every penny!

By Jamey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-06

I was using the Sony 200-600 MM and have been dreaming of upgrading to a prime lens. I finally did it! I can't begin to tell how much of a difference it makes. Shooting in F4 all day at 600mm for wildlife photography is amazing and I still can't get over the difference in clarity and detail in my pictures now. WORTH EVERY PENNY!

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.

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 :-)

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.

Niche lens

By david
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-04

Wide open this lens is sharp edge to edge. It's light and built like a tank. The only downside is of course the hefty price tag. Will it take $13k photos? No. But what it does it does it well. Not to me mention it's a head turner while out on public.

Worth it despite my picky expectations

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-12

I'm a stills photographer. In that department, this lens is a MASSIVE upgrade from the fairly fantastic 200-600 G. So far, I've been able to capture some shots I wasn't previously able to capture, and the performance has been stellar. Sharpness is unmatched, AF speed is phenomenal, rendering is gorgeous. I highly recommend it for this work. My only gripes are: 1) No arca-swiss dovetail cuts on the tripod foot given the five figure price tag, and 2) When I decide to pop a quick video in any shooting mode, the OSS just doesn't perform like the 200-600 does. Even in Mode 1, the lens shows the most minute of camera shake, even on a monopod compared to the 200-600 hand-held. I've had two other photographers experience this with my camera to confirm it's not just me. Perhaps it's just my copy; not sure, and probably won't be because I can't have this serviced locally. C'est la vie.

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