Sony launches lightweight 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens

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Sony has announced the FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens.

The lens weighs a measly 1470g, making it the world’s lightest large aperture telephoto prime (try saying that 5 times fast!), the company says.

Image: Sony
Image: Sony

The new lens is 50% lighter and 43% less volume than the Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS, and is the same weight as the original 70-200mm F2.8 GM. 

By comparison, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L weighs 2,400 grams and the Nikon F 300mm f/2.8 VR weighs 2,900 grams.

The lens is constructed of 20 elements in 16 groups, and includes one extra-low dispersion element and three super extra-low dispersion elements. It has an 11-bladed aperture diaphragm and a minimum focusing distance of two metres.

Image: Sony
Image: Sony

The 300mm F2.8 GM OSS has two XD linear motors, along with an “optimised algorithm” to enable fast, quiet autofocus. The lens takes 40.5mm drop-in filters in a slot near the camera mount.

No local pricing has been confirmed yet, but the 300mm F2.8 will cost $5,999 USD ($9,319 AUD) in the states. 

Update - The FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS will be available in Australia from late January 2024, with an SRP of $10,499.

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