On the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan last night, Sony announced a new high-performance super-telephoto lens for their SLR and SLT cameras, the SAL500F40G. With its 500mm focal length and an initial aperture of f4, this is the longest-ever lens carrying the “G” branding which only Sony’s professional grade telephoto lenses receive. Besides being extraordinarily bright for a lens of its focal length, the new SAL500F40G focuses via a new ultrasonic SSM drive and is both dust- and moisture-proof. It is aimed primarily at outdoor user, as in wildlife photography, sports documentation etc.
Sony also confirmed that they are working on a new full-frame A-mount camera to replace the aged α900, but have given no further details. Read more after the jump.
The full specs of Sony’s new 500mm f4 super-telephoto lens read as follows:
- Focal length: 500 mm (750 mm-equivalent on APS-C)
- 11 lens elements in 10 groups, including three ED glass elements and Nano AR coating
- Max. aperture: f4; min. aperture: f32
- 9 aperture blades
- Min. focusing distance: 4 m (13.1 ft)
- Diameter: 140 mm (5.5 in)
- Length: 367.5 mm (14.5 in)
- Weight: 3460 g (7.6 lb)
The SAL500F40G super-telephoto lens is built-to-order and will available from late March 2012. According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the price will be somewhere around 13.000 €, which translates to approx. $ 17,000 USD.
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