Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens

When you need reach, flexibility, and portability, Sony’s FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS is a tough lens to beat. Covering the boundaries of short tele and super tele ranges, this 4x zoom is backed by a modest maximum aperture that makes it relatively compact and lightweight for its focal-length range. It’s a G Master lens, too, and incorporates low dispersion glass and a Nano AR coating to keep imagery sharp, well-corrected, and high in contrast. It is also weather sealed for working in outdoor conditions. The Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor focusing system produces quick AF performance while OSS image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake for sharper handheld results.

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS LensCory Rice

Applications: With telephoto versatility in a hand-holdable package, this 100-400mm is aimed at sports, wildlife, and nature photographers, but can also fit some fashion and portraiture applications when working from a distance, as well as landscapes, for a more compressed look.

Perks

Excellent telephoto range
Compact design
G Master lens, advanced optics
OSS and tripod foot for stability
Weather sealed

Drawbacks

Not especially fast maximum aperture compared to primes or faster zooms

Specs

Focal Length 100-400mm
Aperture Range f/4.5-5.6 to f/32-40
Optical Layout 22 elements, 16 groups (1 Super ED element, 2 ED elements)
Coating Nano AR
Minimum Focusing Distance 3.2' / 98 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.35x
Diaphragm Blades 9
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Size 77mm
Dimensions 3.7 x 8.1" / 93.9 x 205mm
Weight 3.1 lb / 1395 g

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