Sony Introduces the 400mm F2.8 Master Prime Lens



Sony, a leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has introduced the highly anticipated FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS large aperture super-telephoto prime lens.

Sony’s new FE 400mm F2.9 GM OSS lens is the first large aperture super-telephoto prime to join the E-mount lineup. It produces brilliant image quality with extraordinary focusing speed and precision, while also boasting the lightest weight in its class and an extremely balanced design. It is a perfect complement to Sony’s extensive lineup of high-speed E-mount bodies.

Weighing in at only slightly more than 6 lbs., the new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens provides a level of portability and handheld maneuverability that has never before been achieved in a lens of its class.

The remarkably light weight of this lens is achieved through an innovative optical design that includes three fluorite elements, with a reduced number of elements deployed at the front of the barrel, as well as the liberal usage of durable magnesium alloy components.

To best take advantage of the rapidly evolving shooting and focusing speeds of Sony’s latest cameras, the FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens features two newly developed high-speed XD Linear Motors that drive the lens’s focus group, achieving up to a 5x improvement in moving-subject tracking performance.

These motors are supported by specially developed motion algorithms to minimize lag and instability, and control noise levels, resulting in exceptionally quick, accurate and quiet autofocus performance. This allows the lens to capture dynamic, fast-moving athletes or wildlife with ease.

The new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS is compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x E-mount tele-converters, producing outstanding imaging performance at extended focal lengths while maintaining fast, precise AF performance.

The FE 400mm F2. GM OSS includes a drop-in filter slot that accepts a ø 40.5mm ND and other filter types, as well as the optional VF-DCPL1 Drop-in Circular Polarizing Filter. The VF-DCPL1 filter can be rotated to achieve the desired polarization while installed in the lens.

The new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS large aperture super-telephoto prime lens (model SEL400F28GM) will ship in September for about $12,000 US and $16,250 CA. The optional Drop-in Circular Polarizing Filter (model VF-DCPL1) will ship in December for about $400 US and $550 CA.