Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS review: lightweight form, heavyweight punch

The Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS is the lightest lens in its division, but a true heavyweight performer

Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens, mounted to a Sony A9 III, at a sports track
(Image: © James Artaius)

Early Verdict


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    Extremely lightweight

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    Very well balanced

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    Weather sealed


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    No focus ring stops

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    No 90° stops on collar

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With the Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS, the telephoto trinity (encompassing the  Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS and Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS) is finally complete, covering the bases for professional sports photography. 

I've been waiting a long time for this lens, given that the last one from Sony was for the A-mount back in 2008, but the wait has been rewarded with the lightest 300mm f/2.8 ever made. Weighing significantly less than Canon and Nikon's (admittedly DSLR-era) equivalents, the Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS really has been designed with handheld shooting in mind. 

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MountSony ERow 0 - Cell 2
Full-frameYesRow 1 - Cell 2
AutofocusYesRow 2 - Cell 2
StabilizationYesRow 3 - Cell 2
Lens construction21 elements in 17 groups (incl 1 filter)Row 4 - Cell 2
Angle of view8°10'Row 5 - Cell 2
Diaphragm blades11Row 6 - Cell 2
Minimum aperturef/22Row 7 - Cell 2
Minimum focusing distance2mRow 8 - Cell 2
Maximum magnification ratio0.16xRow 9 - Cell 2
Filter size40.5mmRow 10 - Cell 2
Dimensions124 x 265mmRow 11 - Cell 2
Weight1,470g (excl tripod ring)Row 12 - Cell 2

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.