Sony get set to launch 600mm f/4 GM supertelephoto?

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM

According to rumors, Sony are set to announce its longest telephoto lens for the Sony E-mount next week. The supertelephoto 600mm prime will be aimed at professional sports and wildlife photographers - and will work with its A9 and A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Sony launched its FE 400mm f/2.8 GM last year – and we would expect the FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS to look much the same, and have similar features. It would just be longer, heavier, and that much more expensive. 

Rumor site Sonyalpharumors reckons the lens will be announced on Monday, alongside the Sony 200-600mm G OSS f/5.6-6.3 FE which we were already expecting to be launched in the next few days.

The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III costs £13,000 / $13,000 and the Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4E FL ED VR costs around £11,000 / $12,300. We have little doubt that the cost of the Sony 600mm f/4 long tom will be in exactly the same ball park.

Sony patent for 600mm f/4 

Sony patent for 600mm f/4 

With the Womens World Cup starting today, and the Olympics taking place in Tokyo next year, it is little surprise that Sony will want to cater as comprehensively as possible with the professionals that have converted to using the high-speed pro-spec Sony A9 camera. And a fast-aperture 600mm lens is just the lens that you will find being lugged around the big stadiums and headline sporting events - allowing photographers to get in close to the action, and blur the background.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.