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Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens

BH #SO200600G • MFR #SEL200600G
Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/36
  • Five ED Elements, One Aspherical Element
  • Nano AR Coating and Fluorine Coating
Spanning a versatile telephoto range, the FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS from Sony is a flexible zoom perfectly suited for nature, wildlife, and sports applications. Its long reach pairs with a modest maximum aperture range to render to a relatively lightweight and portable design and, as a G series lens, optical quality, focus speed, and attention to handling details are also priorities of this well-rounded super-tele zoom.
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Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Super-Telephoto Versatility
  • 3Long-Reaching, Stabilized Zoom
  • 4G Lens Series
  • 5Fast and Precise Autofocus
  • 6Professional, Durable Design
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Super-Telephoto Versatility
Spanning a versatile telephoto range, the FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS from Sony is a flexible zoom perfectly suited for nature, wildlife, and sports applications. Its long reach pairs with a modest maximum aperture range to render to a relatively lightweight and portable design and, as a G series lens, optical quality, focus speed, and attention to handling details are also priorities of this well-rounded super-tele zoom.
Long-Reaching, Stabilized Zoom
  • Designed for full-frame E-mount cameras, this super-telephoto can also be used on APS-C models to achieve an equivalent 300-900mm focal length range.
  • Maximum aperture range of f/5.6-6.3 helps minimize size and weight while providing excellent performance in a variety of applications.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld with slower shutter speeds.
  • OSS has three dedicated modes, including panning and viewfinder stabilization priority settings, and can also be combined with select camera's sensor-shift type image stabilization for more effective control of camera blur.
  • Internal zoom design limits the overall length of the lens while zooming for more intuitive and comfortable handling.
  • Compatible with optional 1.4x and 2x FE teleconverters for further increasing the lens's reach.
G Lens Series
  • Five extra-low dispersion elements are featured in the lens design and help to control chromatic aberrations and reduce color fringing for increased clarity and color fidelity.
  • One aspherical element is placed at the rear of the optical design and reduces distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce a high degree of sharpness and accurate rendering.
  • A Nano AR Coating has been applied to minimize surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.
  • A rounded 11-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Fast and Precise Autofocus
  • Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor (DDSSM) AF system provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance that suits both stills and video applications.
  • Linear Response manual focus control offers more natural handling and an AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
  • Three customizable focus hold buttons are present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 7.9', along with a maximum magnification of 0.2x, benefits portraiture and head shots.
  • Focus range limiter and focus hold controls offer more intuitive handling and faster performance when photographing moving subjects.
Professional, Durable Design
  • 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.
  • Removable rotating tripod mount permits quick switching from horizontal to vertical shooting orientations.

Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
200 to 600mm
Maximum Aperture
f/5.6 to 6.3
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Focus Type
Image Stabilization
Filter Size
95 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/5.6 to 6.3
Minimum Aperture
f/32 to 36
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Angle of View
12° 30' to 4° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance
7.87' / 2.4 m
Maximum Magnification
Optical Design
24 Elements in 17 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
11, Rounded
Focus Type
Image Stabilization
Tripod Collar
Removable and Rotating
Filter Size
95 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
4.39 x 12.52" / 111.5 x 318 mm
Length at Maximum Extension
12.49" / 317.3 mm
4.65 lb / 2115 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
7.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
20 x 8 x 7"

Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Reviews

Unique lens, a must have for those needing a telezoom

By Ignat
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-09-05

Stop pixel-peeping. Stop complaining. This lens is: a) sharp (remember non-premium telephoto lenses, especially zooms, 10 or 20 years ago? No? Some things are better be forgotten. And mind you, those 6/8/12/16 Mpix were not modern 24/33/50/60); b) lightweight (I had 18 years with DSLRs and their zooms under my belt before switching to mirrorless completely. They say that 2.5 kilos for 200-600 is heavy? Meh, try lugging Canon 35-350 AND 400/2.8L IS v.1, AND two EOS 1D IIn bodies, plus a third body and smaller lenses, and some Ni-MH batteries, and a late-2000s laptop...); c) quick to focus (YES, QUICK. Yes, 400/2.8 and 600/4 are quicker, but just a "tad bit" more expensive...); d) offers great stabilization, particularly in conjunction with IBIS of A1, A9 II, A7R5 and A7M4, and especially if you know when to use which mode and when to shut IS off completely. Yes, it wants MUCHO-MUCHO light. Any lens slower than f/4 wants a lot of light and then some. But it rewards you. Yes, it lacks M after G. It's G, not GM. And it's freakin' better than top-notch (ultra-heavy) telephoto primes of yesteryear. Cheaper, too. Also, I'd rather have a fully monolithic G lens than a GM that expands and contracts. I had my go with extending lens barrels, the less they do it, the better. No, 200-600 is not an elongated 100-400, it's a completely different design. Also, 100-4001.4 is not the same as 200-600, it's a very different thing. It is, actually, your only option to go beyond 400 mm (which is paramount if you do birds, planes, certain sports, or occasional paparazzi jobs) while not ruining your wallet, credit history and family integrity. No, 350 mm on APS-C is not 500. It's 350 with decreased field of view (I'm talking to you, hesitant FE 70-350 OSS owners). Similarly to cropped 300 not being 450 (I'm looking at you, hesitant Tamron 70-300 A041 owners). Sigma/Tamron 150-600? Meh. No. Just no, if you are a Sony user. They don't cut it. Save up for 200-600. Indeed I'd like extra 50 mm on a short end, but cons of third-party 150-600 are less than pros of the 200-600. One very important thing that catches many a shooter unawares: at extreme focal lengths (over 400 mm) image becomes really sensitive to air quality. Haze, smog, thermals - they are your adversaries unless you need their effects. It is sometimes just the air that makes people yell "how come my super-duper-expensive new supertelephoto lens is not as sharp as I want?!". If you want to film skydivers from the ground, I have a good recipe for you. Get a nice spinning reclining chair in the field (every airfield with skydivers should have one. If it does not, bring your own). Get a full-frame Sony mirrorless that can film cropped 4K (A7M4, A7R5, A1...) and attach a 200-600 to it. Install yourself comfortably in the said recliner looking skywards with the backrest as low as possible so that your upper body would be almost flat (actually, hauling out a folding cot, a chaise, or a couch isn't a bad idea either), so that you would have two elbows on elbow rests, main hand (usually right) on the camera, secondary hand (usually left) on the lens holding it steady, and your eye to the viewfinder. Set filming format to 4K at the highest FPS (50, 60, 100, 120 - depending on your region and camera). Set shutter speed at twice FPS. Enable APS-C mode. Make your final movie 1080 with appropriate zooming of your original 4K image during editing. This trick will give you the field of view equivalent of 1200 mm (or even more if you bother with a teleconverter - which will absolutely and unequivocally require a perfect sunny day and shooting along the sunlight or at least sideways). At that, be mindful of the air quality. YES, DO IT HANDHELD. No video head or ball head will allow you the kind of flexibility you need for skydivers. Never forget about the lens hood: it actually protects the front element and the lens barrel, reduces flare, increases contrast and makes weight balance perfect. All hail lens hoods on supertelephoto lenses (and yes, they make your telezoom even longer in the eyes of an unsuspecting casual beholder) .

Amazing lens!

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-28

This is an amazing lens!!! If you're not getting professional quality images you're not ready for this lens! BH was fast at shipping, and always a pleasure to work with.


By Ron
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-26

Really wanted this to be my go to wildlife/bird photography lens. Research the reviews here and abroad and despite a few unfavorable ratings I thought I'd give it a spin. Glad I did. I shoot with Sony A7iV so I felt this lens would be a great fit with the upgraded focusing system from my earlier A7iii. Took my setup out to the local park during the Spring migration. Mainly the smaller Warblers/Songbirds with a few hawks and owls as subjects. Setting were perfect for most shots in flight, High shutter ap f7/f8 good light. Time after time shots were not in focus, especially from the long end. And if they were in focus they were soft. I Immediately took it back in and exchanged for another, same issue. I was reading that maybe it was do to the getting use to the weight as hand shake might be the culprit. When shooting Canon, all I've ever shot with were long tele's 150-600. Tampon, Sigma Sport. No problem with either. This Sony lens is simply inferior for high end photography. The performance is great. The make is solid, the sharpness just isn't there. I ended up switching to the Sigma DG DN 150-600 a second option. But now, believe it or not, I shoot with the very sharp Sigma Sport 150-600 EF (cannon mount that I traded in when I jump over to Sony. I slap it on my Sony with the Sigma MC-11adapter and have never been happier. No, I would not recommend this Sony lens.

valuable tool for wildlife

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-26

True sony product with great build quality. Excellent sharpness on my A7R4 and easy to zoom in far away subjects. It is a bit heavy to hand hold though. With a monopod or gimbal on a tripod you can get some amazing shots all day long. The shipping was superb and a deal 100 dollar off price with a UV filter was all it took to buy it.

Sony 200-600

By Doug
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-11

Not disappointed focus's incredibly well. have had a Sigma 150 - 600 for a couple of years and this lens is quick to focus and performs great.


By Ann A
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-06-28

I made a major change to a mirrorless camera and lenses and so glad to have made the investment. The camera is unbelievable and this lens is fabulous.

Get it!

By Jen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-08-14

To preface this review: I'm an enthusiast wildlife photographer; I just do it for fun and don't make a living from it. If a photo isn't perfectly sharp then, eh, no skin off my nose. I got the shot and the moment. I realize not everyone is like that and the more critical reviews of this lens are totally valid. That said, I also handhold this monster when shooting because I am out of my mind. I'm a small woman of fairly average strength. The fact I get any sharp shots is a testament to the lens itself. As for the review: I adore this lens. I make excuses to go out and use it whenever I can. It's the only first party lens I own for my Sony A7RIII - the others being Tamron and Sigma lenses. It absolutely focuses basically instantly in comparison. I've shot with this lens in horrid, overcast rainy weather, heavy shade, and bright, sunny skies. It has performed wonderfully each time and I've gotten so many shots that make me smile looking back on them. If you have similar sentiments to me and you're on the fence about this lens, I say go for it. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all!


By Benjamin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-08-01

This is a stellar lens for birds and sports. I use an A7iv. Works fine under the lights for news work.

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Can this lens be used on an A77 with adapter

Can this lens be used on an A77 with adapter
Asked by: Tommy
As long as the Adapter is an E-Mount to whatever mount you need. The 200-600mm Lens is part of the E-Mount Family. So when looking for an adapter, keep an eye out for those.
Answered by: Dustin
Date published: 2020-01-17

How does this lens need to be stored? lying flat, ...

How does this lens need to be stored? lying flat, or standing up?
Asked by: Richard
You can store the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens laying flat or standing up. As long as the lens is stored securely in a padded storage case, it should be fine. You could consider storing it with a 95mm clear filter attached, for added impact protection. You could also store it inside of a hard, crushproof case (from Pelican or Nanuk) with foam interior.
Answered by: Marisa
Date published: 2022-10-20

How can i use this smart lens with Sony A58 ...

How can i use this smart lens with Sony A58 camera plz...
Asked by: Kishan
Unfortunately, there is no way to adapt this Sony E mount lens to a Sony A mount body like the A58.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-07-03

Does anyone recommend a circular polarizer for ...

Does anyone recommend a circular polarizer for this lens
Asked by: Stephen
I would recommend the B+W High-Transmission MRC-Nano Master Circular Polarizer Filter (95mm), B&H # BWCPHTM95, or the NiSi 95mm Pro Circular Polarizer Filter, B&H # NIRCPL95, as good circular polarizer filter options compatible for use on the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2023-01-27

Gordon's response to the question about the Sony ...

Gordon's response to the question about the Sony 200-600 G with 1.4 converter indicates that the lens on an A7Riii doesn't track moving birds well because the aperture shifts to f9. Is this a problem in the A7Riv as well?
Asked by: Mark
Most likely ou will have auto focusing issues. Since the birds are far, most likely the lens will be on infinite so try setting the camera in manual focus.
Answered by: stuart e
Date published: 2020-01-15

What Arca Swiss replacement would work to change ...

What Arca Swiss replacement would work to change the tripod mount?
Asked by: Julia
I use and like this one:
Answered by: Edward
Date published: 2021-02-09

What is the length of this lens?

What is the length of this lens?
Asked by: David
I doubt it is only 12
Answered by: Calin
Date published: 2022-07-22

trying to find a len case. maybe hard

trying to find a len case. maybe hard
Asked by: Gary
link is not working, what case is this? Would like to order, Thx!
Answered by: John
Date published: 2023-02-21
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