Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 G Master OSS Hands-On Review - Performance

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Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Performance 

Sharpness – Looking at our test photos, and Sony’s MTF charts, the sharpness of the lens is outstanding, with the lens capable of some extremely sharp images. Any chromatic aberration (CA) is automatically corrected in-camera when this option is switched on.

Bokeh – The background blur (aka Bokeh) is smooth, particularly when the subject is closer to the lens.

Light fall-off (vignetting) is visible at times, when shooting at f/2.8 with the aperture wide open. This can also be seen, at times, when shooting with a Teleconverter.

When used in combination with a Sony E/FE mount camera body, with in-camera image stabilisation, the lens’ optical image stabilisation works with the camera’s body image stabilisation, which means you can shoot at slower shutter speeds than you would normally expect. We will be looking at all of this in more detail when the lens is available for a full review.

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Sample Photos


Value For Money

There are few alternatives available for full-frame cameras, and they are often near £10K. The Sony is priced at £10499, putting it at the same price point as the Nikon 400mm f/2.8 lens.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM - £9499
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8 VR E FL - £10499

Pentax offer a 300mm f/2.8 and then a 560mm f/5.6 lens. Sony A-mount options are 300mm f/2.8 and 500mm f/4 lenses. Panasonic offer a 200mm f/2.8 prime lens (for 400mm equivalent on Micro Four Thirds), the Panasonic Leica 200mm f/2.8 is priced at roughly £1599.


Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Early Verdict

With the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8, Sony are offering a lens that is directly competing with Canon and Nikon in the professional sports arena. They also offer high speed shooting, in the form of the 20fps Sony Alpha A9, and when you look at the whole system and what it offers, it is quicker, with more versatility compared to the competition, whilst also being lighter.

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 OSS Pros

+ Rapid focus
+ Stills and video catered for
+ Lightest in its class
+ Excellent sharpness

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 OSS Cons

- Large and expensive

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ChrisV Plus
12 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2018 4:46PM
Seriously - you’re comparing the Panasonic 200 f2.8 to this? What’s the logic? Compare it to a 200mm f2.8 FF format lens with a 2x converter and you’ve got something more like for like.

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JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
1 Jul 2018 10:05PM

Quote:Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 OSS Cons

What are Pros & Cons in terms of definitions ?

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