Sony announces 500/4 G SSM supertele lens

February 21st, 2010 - 09:36:50 PM:

Today Sony has announced the last of the lenses previewed at PMA 2009.

Sony Alpha 500/4 G SSM

500/4 G SSM

This lens has a long history. It was already previewed at PMA 2007 in a very raw form. Then it was previewed again at PMA 2009, this time in a shape very close to the release version. Sony always refered to it as the “Super Telephoto lens”, and specifications were rumored to be 400/2.8 (PMA 2007), 500/4.5 and 500/4 (PMA 2009). Now it is officially announced to be a 500/4 full-frame lens with SSM focus motor. This makes it the longest Sony A-mount non-mirror lens.

The specifications are a good choice. The alternatives, a 600/4 or 400/2.8, certainly have their advantages, namely reach and speed, but they are becoming less popular in the wildlife photo community because of their sheer size and weight. A 500 mm lens is considered long enough, and f/4 is considered fast enough (especially in the light of ever-improving high-ISO noise performance of modern DSLRs). If you have to carry the lens for several miles, you'll be glad it's not 5.5 kg.

Today Sony has announced the last of the lenses previewed at PMA 2009. 500/4 G SSM