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First 400mm GM unboxing video and tests!

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400mm f/2.8 FE preorder at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera. In EU at Calumet.de and ParkCamera.

Marc Alhadeff got his new Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM lens and posted a full review. The conclusion:

If you are a Sports or a wildlife photographer, the Sony 400mm F2.8 GM OSS is your dream lens.It delivers outstanding images and is highly versatile thanks to the 2 TC that can transform it into

  • 560mm F4
  • 800mm F5.6

Verdict

  • Outstanding sharpness at all aperture from centre to corners
  • No loss of speed or sharpness when used with TC1.4 TC2.0
  • Extremely fast and efficient AF when coupled with A9. Very good otherwise
  • Capable of capture very high speed animals : 1/32000 sec possible with A9
  • Very good blurry background most of the times and 3D effect
  • Lightweight for this kind of objective 2.8kg
  • Very well balanced , can be used handled for 30-60min without issue
  • Outstanding build quality
  • Very good usability : all preset function, special function ring to set a distance or enter in crop mode
  • Drop in CPL filter possible
  • Light but solid transport case including space for the 2 TC

Of course

  • It is pricey : 12000 Euros
  • You need to use high shutter speed to avoid blur
  • best used with monopod or Tripod with Gimbal

Points of attention

  • Lens hood fixation system : you need to attach it to the lens by screwing a knob. The Lens hood is in carbon fibre and can be sensitive to shock  (980 euros to replace the lens hood  if you break it!)
  • Sometimes not perfect blur with noisy background

 

And Patrick Murphy-Racey posted the very first unboxing video of this lens:

400mm f/2.8 FE preorder at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera. In EU at Calumet.de and ParkCamera.

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