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New Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM Lens Announced

Sony has announced the new 500mm f/4 G SSM Alpha Mount lens for use with Sony Alpha Digital SLRs or SLT cameras.

|  Sony 500mm F4 G SSM SAL500F40G in Interchangeable Lenses
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Sony SAL500F40G

Sony has announced the new Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM Alpha mount lens, with a dust and moisture resistant design and bright f/4.0 aperture it is compatible with the 1.4x (AF/MF) and 2x (MF) telconverters. The lens gives the equivalent of 750mm on an APS-C camera such as the Sony Alpha A65 or A77, is available from late March and will be built to order.


Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM Lens Features:



  • Longest-ever focal length G Lens from Sony
  • Bright F4.0 aperture for superior light gathering
  • Nano AR Coating on optical surfaces for flawless still images and HD video
  • Compatible with SteadyShot INSIDE featured in all α cameras
  • New SSM drive circuit for quick, accurate autofocus
  • Rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design: ideal partner for SLT-A77
  • Enhanced handling and operability

Sony 500mm F4 G SSM SAL500F40G Specifications

Lens Mounts
  • Sony Alpha
Focal Length500mm
Angle of ViewNo Data
Max Aperturef/4
Min Aperturef/32
Filter SizeNo Data
35mm equivalent750mm
Internal focusingNo Data
Maximum magnificationNo Data
Min Focus400cm
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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JJGEE 16 8.0k 18 England
8 Feb 2012 3:21PM
Allegedly coming in at around 10,900 !

Presumably this information is from a press release so I wonder why it is only "ideal" for the A77 and not their Full Frame A850 / A900 models ?
dwilkin 15 24.3k United Kingdom
8 Feb 2012 3:41PM
Because the 850/900 are a couple of years old, and Sony want you to 'upgrade' to the latest all-singing, all-dancing kit, of course... Cynical, moi? Wink
Kako 15 171
8 Feb 2012 5:35PM
"built to order" ! Hardly a ringing endorsement of their product and probably makes it twice as expensive as it need be. This is the 21st century...we mass produce things...don't we? To think it was the Japanese who taught European manufacturers that lesson decades ago.
JJGEE 16 8.0k 18 England
8 Feb 2012 6:58PM

Quote:"built to order"

Sad yes, bit of a disappointment that, just means I cannot go and have a "play" with one in Park Cameras !
lemmy 14 2.9k United Kingdom
8 Feb 2012 7:40PM

Quote:This is the 21st century...we mass produce things...don't we?

Why would you mass produce something that very few Sony users will ever need or even want?

If what you wanted was a 500mm f4 lens, then just buy a Nikon body and a Nikon 500mm f4 for 3,000 less than this and just use the Nikon body with this lens.

Even if Sony mass produced theirs, it wouldn't knock 3,000 off the price! But really, if you wanted top line esoteric lenses like this, you wouldn't buy a Sony camera would you?

The best use I can think of for this is to mount it on a Nex (can you? I don't know anything about Sony cameras) and then screw the combination to a tripod using the camera tripod bush......and watch the lens rip the mount off the camera and slowly fall to the ground.

A great Mr bean sequence Wink
Taff 17 59 Scotland
3 Nov 2012 8:37AM
Hi Lemmy,

You can indeed mount an Alpha DSLR lens on an NEX, lots of people are doing this as there's a much wider choice of Alpha lenses than NEX lenses. (Though this is set to change)

All you need is one of these: -

NEX - Alpha lens adaptor

Though people with more than one brain cell would probably use the Tripod mount that's fitted to the lens rather than the NEX.



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