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Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM Lens

BH #SO5004 • MFR #SAL500F40G
Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM Lens
Key Features
  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano AR Coating
Full-frame A-mount photographers can Gain a whole new perspective on the world with the 500mm f/4 G SSM Lens from Sony. Enabling shooters to get much closer to even the most distant subject matter, this lens boasts a maximum aperture of f/4 to assist with working in dim light as well as with creating images with shallow depth of field. Ensuring high sharpness with minimal aberrations are three extra-low dispersion elements in the optical design, which works well with the Nano AR coating for contrasty, flare-free imagery. Guaranteeing that the images you capture are sharp is a Super Sonic wave AF Motor (SSM) that is fast and responsive for smooth, accurate tracking.
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Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM Overview

Full-frame A-mount photographers can Gain a whole new perspective on the world with the 500mm f/4 G SSM Lens from Sony. Enabling shooters to get much closer to even the most distant subject matter, this lens boasts a maximum aperture of f/4 to assist with working in dim light as well as with creating images with shallow depth of field. Ensuring high sharpness with minimal aberrations are three extra-low dispersion elements in the optical design, which works well with the Nano AR coating for contrasty, flare-free imagery. Guaranteeing that the images you capture are sharp is a Super Sonic wave AF Motor (SSM) that is fast and responsive for smooth, accurate tracking.

The dust- and moisture-resistant lens barrel offers users a variety of physical buttons and switches for fast operation of the lens. This includes four focus hold buttons and an electronic focus range limiter switch for ensuring you always have the focus set exactly where you want. It also offers a rotating tripod collar for added stability when mounted to a tripod and comes with a slot-in circular polarizing filter.

Designed for the high demands of professional sports, wildlife, and action photography, this G series 500mm lens offers outstanding image quality that combines high-quality bokeh with high sharpness and faster, more responsive focusing. It is optimized for full-frame A-mount cameras, but it can be used on APS-C-format cameras where it has a 750mm equivalent focal length.
A maximum aperture of f/4 provides photographers with excellent light gathering capabilities as well as the ability to create images with shallow depth of field for selective focus techniques.
Three extra-low dispersion glass elements are featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
A Nano AR Coating has been applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.
An SSM autofocus system with an enhanced algorithm and new LSI drive circuit provides quick, quiet, and precise focusing and much more responsive performance in tracking modes. The lens also features an internal focusing design that keeps the overall size constant and helps achieve a minimum focus distance of 13.1'.
An electronic focus range limiter switch allows you constrain the usable focus range between a set limited range or full for improving focus speed, and four focus hold buttons are also featured to manually stop the autofocus at a specified point.
Dust and weather-sealed construction benefits using the lens in inclement shooting conditions.
The lens is equipped with a removable and rotating tripod collar for added stability and reduced strain on the camera's lens mount.
The lens comes supplied with a drop-in 42mm circular polarizing filter to help reduce glare and produce more saturated imagery.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
This lens is compatible with Sony's 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, which can increase the effective focal length to 700mm and 1000mm, respectively.

Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM Specs

Focal Length
500mm
Maximum Aperture
f/4
Minimum Aperture
f/32
Lens Mount
Sony A
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance
13.12' / 4 m
Maximum Magnification
0.14x
Optical Design
11 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Tripod Collar
Fixed and Rotating
Filter Size
42 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)
5.51 x 14.47" / 140 x 367.5 mm
Weight
7.61 lb / 3460 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
21.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
20.4 x 12.4 x 11"

Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM Reviews

Perfect Lens

By Jamboree
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-06

I compared this lens with other brands. Speed : Perfect Sharpness : Perfect + (probably sharpest 500mm in the market) Built quaility : Perfect Compability : Poor with Sony TC's (i am using another brand Af TC with LA3 adaptor) Price : High

Sharper than I expected. Love IT

By Tim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-21

This lens is so sharp and the focus is extremely fast. Believe it or not, sharper than my older Leica lenses at the same focal length. Great lens for sports and wildlife.

do not buy it

By walber chaves
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2015-10-01

I bought one ,used it for a few months but unfortunately presented problems with auto focus, I'm waiting for four months to repair and still do not get it back to me.

WOW!! TACK SHARP!! BUY A GIMBAL!!

By Captain Beefheart
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-08-01

If I could give it 6 stars, I would. This is one of those rare cases that you get more than what you pay for. Sharp as heck wide open at f4. So for action and sports photography, this lens excels. You will get over the price when you pop your memory card into your computer and check out color, resolution, saturation etc. You won't believe they can make a lens this good. Highly recommended if you got the jack. Also bought the 300mm f 2.8 and results are as good as the 500mm. Now you know why few go into sports photography. You have to get a second on your house. Now stop reading all the reviews and go buy one from B&H.

Very Fast Lens!

By Moe Murad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-22

I just got this great lens with the 1.4x Sony converter attached to my Sony A77ii. The lens is a lightwieght champ comparing it to Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 G ii Lens Which i have. Focusing is really fast with the 1.4x! Without the 1.4x is much faster. The lens is sharp from f4! Im shooting birds only and details for me is important, the lens didnt disappoint me at all! Im loving it Price is hight comparing it to the new Canon 500mm f4 lens, but can the canon give you shatp images at f4! Nope! :)

Best 500mm F4 lens in the market !!

By KevinN
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-11-24

I got a chance to compare my Sony SAL500F40G lens with Canon and Nikon 500mm F4 lenses when out shooting the birds with my friends, my impression is: this lens can give you tack sharp images even at widest open F/4, the Canon and the Nikon in my opinion are usable only from F/5.6, sure you can go down to F4 in these lens, but it's soft (sorry I'm a pixel peeper). Color is typical Minolta G magical color with beautiful bokeh! I haven't used it with TC but its focus is fast on my A900, I also tried it with cropped alpha to shoot the moon at 800mm.

Excellent

By Oguz
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-22

I tested the most, this is probably sharpest 500mmF4 ever. Sharpness is %80 at F4, %95 at F4,5!!, %100 at F5 and feels like %105 at F5.6.  Only negative point i can mention is the sony TCs. x2.0 is not supported AF with this lens, but i found a solution that i am using with Kenko Tc, it is working AF also with EA-LA3 adaptor..!

The most amazing 500 f4

By AnthonyA
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-10

I love this lens. I bought last year and used it for the Super Bowl it was really amazing.

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question

I see in the lens reviews that people are using the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters with this lens, but when I look at the teleconverter info, it does not say this lens is supported. What's the real story?
Asked by: Robert
This lense wil work with both the Sony 1.4 and 2x teleconverters. However, it will only auto-focus with the 1.4x TC
Answered by: Richard T.
Date published: 2019-01-13

question

Does the lens come with protective front clear filter?
Asked by: Jakub
The front element of the lens is a fixed clear filter. It protects the optics, but can only be replaced by a service center
Answered by: Richard T.
Date published: 2019-01-13

question

Is this lens compatible with the Sony alpha 7R?
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately they are not compatible without a lens adapter.
Answered by: Matthew C.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Will this lens whith sony LA-EA5 and sony A mount ...

Will this lens whith sony LA-EA5 and sony A mount teleconvert 1.4 compatible sony A9-2 ?
Asked by: Hue
Yes this Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM and the Sony A mount 1.4X Teleconverter can work with the A9 II when using the LAEA5 Lens Adapter.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-02-02

question

Is this lens compatible with Sony A7 or do I need an adaptor?
Asked by: milton
my understanding is that LAEA4 has its own autofocus and the LAEA3 uses the camera's autofocus. Guess it depends on which you want to use.
Answered by: Robert H.
Date published: 2020-10-31
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