Insane $12,000 Sony 400mm f/2.8 Lens Tested: Worth the Money?


There’s expensive. Then there’s very expensive, and at $12,000, the Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens falls into the latter category. So, what makes it so expensive, and most importantly, is it worth it?

Having lived in various countries around the world and traveled to countless more along the way, I’ve learned that everything is relative in life, depending on one’s circumstances. For example, an NFL footballer making loads of cash each year might not blink twice at dropping five times the average salary on a necklace for his wife. Typically, however, people earning that kind of money are outliers, as most of us don’t have disposable income like that to frivolously use on items few people would call essential. But where do you draw the line, especially when it comes to photography? For me, I deem any single item north of $3,000 expensive, and if I’m going to purchase it, I have to be absolutely certain it’s miles ahead of anything else in performance compared with something I’ve already got.

But $12,000 for a single item, like a lens? I can’t even begin to imagine what my expectations would be if I had that in my possession. And that brings us to this great video by Pierre Lambert, in which he tests the Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens. Priced at just under $12,000, this lens is described as a fast super-telephoto prime purpose-built for sports and wildlife shooters working in trying conditions. In this field test, Lambert takes the lens out into the wild and puts it through its paces. As a very satisfied owner of the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM lens, I couldn’t help wondering if this Sony lens is four times as good, as that’s what the prices indicate, particularly when the Canon has a longer zoom range and is half the weight. Give the video a look so you can be the judge, and let me know your thoughts or experiences with this lens below.





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