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Best Telephoto Zooms for Sony E-mount Full Frame

Best Telephoto Zooms for Sony E-mount Full Frame


Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5 – 5.6 GM OSS lens

This E mount full-frame lens comes with a focal length range of 100 – 400mm extending your reach for those difficult to reach wild life shots and bird photos. A long reach is essential when you want those shots. The internal construction of the lens includes 1 Super ED element and 2 ED elements. These elements take care of the aberrations and distortions. On top of that the lens has NANO AR coating and fluorine coating as well. The first one takes care of distracting aspects like flares and ghosting. The fluorine coating makes the front element of the lens practically smudge and smear proof.

The lens’ aperture diaphragm is built out of 9 circular blades. These rounded blades produce excellent bokeh and is perfect for the purpose of subject separation from background.

Auto-focusing on the lens is powered by a Direct Drive Super Sonic wave AF motor. This technology produces a smooth auto-focusing performance which is very quiet when engaged. Internal focusing means the barrel length of the lens does not change when you adjust focusing. There is also a focus delimiter switch. This switch locks the focus seeking range down to a small window for faster AF performance.

Controls on the Sony FE 100-400mm are superb. There is even a torque regulator on the lens barrel that allows you to fine tune how much resistance there would be on the zoom ring when you use it. There are a number of focus holding buttons as well on the lens. Additionally, you have an AF /MF switch as well. This works for a seamless transition from auto focusing to manual focusing without any issues. There is also a rotatable tripod mount on the lens.

The lens also has Optical SteadyShot (OSS) technology. It ensures you can shoot hand-held with a slow shutter speed, without any issues even in low light. This saves you from having to boost the ISO number too.


Sigma 150- 600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM contemporary lens with the MC – 11 Mount converter

Will discuss about this twin product pack. The first one is the lens itself and the second one is the mount converter that allows you to use this Canon EF mount lens on Sony E mount systems with full AF and AE.

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM is a cheap super telephoto lens originally designed for the full-frame DSLR systems like Canon and Nikon and of course the Sigma systems. This cheap yet surprisingly good design extends your focal length reach from 150mm all the way to 600mm. This is a great lens for wildlife and birding. But you will find it a tag slower because of the f/5 maximum aperture. Additionally, the maximum aperture drops down to f/6.3 when the lens is fully extended.

You need the Sigma MC-11 mount converter to use this lens on your Sony E mount full-frame system. This mount converter allows the lens to retain full auto exposure and auto-focusing. Plus, you can also take advantage of the in-camera corrections that your Sony E mount system allows you to do.

Internal construction of the lens includes a total of 20 elements arranged in 14 groups. These include 1 FLD (F Low Dispersion) and 3 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements. Auto-focusing is powered by Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Auto-focusing motor. This motor is fast and extremely accurate too.

Optical Stabilizer on the lens ensures that you can hand-hold this lens for pretty much most shutter speeds and get decent sharp results. The lens weighs about 1.95 kilos. Add another few hundreds grams for a full-frame Sony E mount camera and you got a decent wildlife and birding set-up that you can hand hold for long duration.

The lens comes with a series of body based controls including a zoom lock button and a manual focusing override option. There is also a focus range delimiter lever, a focus mode selector and an Optical Stabilization mode selector as well.


Sony FE 24 – 240mm f/3.5 – 6.3 OSS lens

The Sony FE 24 – 240mm is a wide – medium telephoto lens that comes with a maximum aperture of f/3.5 (wide end) and f/6.3 (telephoto end). The lens is designed for Sony’s FE mount full-frame camera systems. Having said that the lens is compatible with APS-C system cameras as well. This allows for the lens to have a slightly longer (effective) focal length. In effect the lens becomes the equivalent of a 36 – 360mm (on 35mm format equivalence).

Internal construction of the lens includes a total of 17 elements arranged in 12 groups. It includes 1 Extra Low Dispersion element and 5 aspherical elements. These suppress chromatic aberrations and distortions. The aperture diaphragm is composed of 7 rounded blades. It promises some nice bokeh when used properly.

The auto-focusing motor is powered by a linear AF motor. Quieter autofocusing performance with better focus locking are the hallmarks of this focusing motor. The lens comes with a body based Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system. Handholding the camera in low light and for slower shutter speed is an easier thing to do.

Externally the lens comes with dust and moisture sealing. Thus, it is possible to take this lens out and shoot even in inclement weather without much issues.


Sony FE 70 – 200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens

We have included this extremely versatile lens in another category – portraits. The lens covers an excellent focal length range that covers portraits and a bit of wildlife. The best part of the lens is its constant fast aperture of f/2.8. The lens diaphragm is constituted by an 11-blade circular aperture for creamy bokeh.

It has a superior construction that includes a total of 23 elements arranged in 18 groups. It includes 1 XA (Extreme Aspherical) element, 2 aspherical element, 4 Extra Low Dispersion elements and 2 Super ED elements. These elements will suppress distortions and aberrations. On top of it the lens comes with NANO AR coating. The NANO AR coating takes care of lens flares and ghosting which can be quite a nuisance when working in extremely bright ambient conditions.

Auto-focusing on the lens is powered by a dual linear and a super -sonic wave AF motors. This produces extremely quick and extremely accurate focus lock at most times. Plus, the lens has optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology. This is the technology that allows you to shoot with the lens hand-held, in low light and with slow shutter speed, without the need to pump up the ISO number.

External controls on the lens body includes a Focus Hold button (to lock focus), a focus rage delimiter button, which comes in handy when shooting in the telephoto range or when there is lack of contrast for the lens to lock on. The lens has superior dust and moisture resistant construction which ensures great performance even in inclement weather.



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