The Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM Hands ON! My 1st Impressions.

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  • Published on Jun 27, 2018
  • Website Article/In Hand report on the 400: www.stevehuffphoto.com/2018/06/27/the-sony-400mm-f-2-8-g-master-in-hand-in-use-what-a-lens/
    Pre Order at B&H Photo: www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1369634-REG/sony_fe_400mm_f_2_8_gm.html/BI/4399/KBID/4837
    Had a chance to test the new Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM and it is a killer lens IF you are a sports pro or wildlife pro. I am NOT a sports shooter so in my hands it is not being used to it's full potential, but I can tell you that the bokeh, sharpness, color, contrast and everything about this lens is amazing.
    I had my ISO set to high, I shot only JPEG.... but I still had a blast with the A9 and 400mm as it gave me a chance to do something I never get to do.
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Comments • 52

  • biggreenmachine2007

    I can hold my Nikkor 400mm f2.8 with one hand...



    For about 90 seconds.

  • Adrian Scheidegger

    Panasonic 200mm F 2.8 vs Sony FE 400 F 2.8, which lens is better (except price)?

  • Hero
    Hero Year ago

    every review of this lens shows a game of Red bull NY ?! why tho?

  • Mikey
    Mikey Year ago

    Too small........

  • Andy's Travel Blog

    That hood is so comically large! Love the first look and impressions, can't wait to shoot with one someday!

  • AllPinkBarbieDollHouse

    and how you managed to get this in your hands?

  • Benjamin Kanarek
    Benjamin Kanarek Year ago

    With only one important front element....lighter, because they don't use any large elements. All of the elements except for the front element are at the back of the camera. Some serious correction needed. Your images are quite amazing! Bravo!

  • Cheveniel Fogo
    Cheveniel Fogo Year ago

    Hi please can u do a session for my brother cadian fogo I would like to hear from him please

  • sher khan
    sher khan Year ago

    Your videos are the Best

  • Cullen Walsh
    Cullen Walsh Year ago

    Anybody else notice when he says “shooting it on the m9” instead of the “a9” at 5:32?

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  Year ago

      Yes I did, lol. I guess I always have that Leica on my mind.

  • Merlin Alfonso
    Merlin Alfonso Year ago +3

    Very nice shots for sure, but I am skeptical. You're repeating Sony's claims about this being the best 400mm ever ("beats Canon & Nikon" etc.). Does it serve viewers to just repeat Sony's claims with no independent verification? Why travel all the way to New York to "test" a lens that you have no interest in?

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  Year ago +2

      I only review items I like and enjoy. I have said that for eight years. This is why you do not see me reviewing all cameras or lenses. I use them, but when I think that they are just average, I send them back. This is not a review at all, but an experience with it, and that was a positive experience. DO you think Sony would let 15 reviewers use the lens if it was crap? It's $12k for a reason, and focuses in an INSTANT, has lovely Bokeh, is crazy sharp, offers great color and contrast and will be a treat for those who shoot sports. What is not to like? Besides the price? I would never buy one for me as I would never need a lens like this but it is lighter than the C &N, and performs better. Are we supposed to lie and say the lens is crap? Lol. Hmmmm.

  • Matic Cerne
    Matic Cerne Year ago

    Amazing equipment

  • Foto4Max
    Foto4Max Year ago +4

    Hey Leica, this is what a 12k lens has to look like....

  • Alan McDade
    Alan McDade Year ago

    Lol with a $12k lens why would you need a rain cover. Oh it’s a Sony and they made it lighter, I get it

    • Carl Ryan
      Carl Ryan Year ago +1

      Alan, because only an idiot would bring a 12 thousand dollar lens out into a thunderstorm.

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  Year ago +1

      Because it was supposed to THUNDERSTORM as I said in the video. Funny as a guy down from e was shooting a Nikon 400 and had a rain cover, as did the video guys. You tend to want one when a thunderstorm is forecast. The Sony is just as, if not more, weather sealed than the C & N lenses. Lighter is GOOD, as is sharper, better color performance and smoother bokeh ; )

    • Foto4Max
      Foto4Max Year ago +1

      Alan McDade Canon and Nikons need a rain cover too. There is no practical difference in water resistants.

  • Ben Allwein
    Ben Allwein Year ago +1

    Outstanding pictures - way more interesting than the typical sports photographer. Really captures the emotion and drama of a scene!

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  Year ago

      Thank you!

    • C Y
      C Y Year ago

      Ben Allwein that's the photographer , not the lens that does that .

  • pop1348
    pop1348 Year ago

    Still using pounds in 2018... Metric system ? 95% of the world is using it...

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  Year ago

      Hmmm. I think you are incorrect. I know of no one who uses the Metric system. I live in the USA, remember.

    • pop1348
      pop1348 Year ago

      MHN They believe that I think... Sade...

    • MHN
      MHN Year ago

      pop1348 But the United States is the center of the universe :)

  • Alexander Stehle
    Alexander Stehle Year ago

    Journalist but the photos to Internet or Journals-> so an m43 lens is the much better Option!

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  Year ago

      The 300Mm Olympus is KILLER but no where near as fast or sharp as this one.

  • unnikannan s.l
    unnikannan s.l Year ago

    Can u donate me some full frame lens????

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  Year ago

      Well, I only own a few so probably not.

  • Cal Mukumoto
    Cal Mukumoto Year ago +1

    I feel the Gear Aquisition Syndrome coming on. I can't economically justify such a purchase. GAS avoided.

  • Don Juan
    Don Juan Year ago +1

    Amazing shots bro.when I grow up I want to shoot just like you.lol
    Blessings.

  • Ryan McGinty
    Ryan McGinty Year ago +1

    Excellent eyes seeing the whole scene not just players but spectators too.

  • Rexx Fernandez
    Rexx Fernandez Year ago

    Beast!

  • MeqanichHD
    MeqanichHD Year ago

    Your reviews is always, somehow, the most entertaining and spot-on. What an crazy lens! Thumbs up!! I can feel the GAS again of getting my hands on this lens, holy cow. 👌😎

  • Abimanyu Boentaran

    Some people spends 100x on hi fi.

  • DRONE review man of all drones

    Holly cow thats huge!!! And 12,000!!! Thats CRAZY!!!! I will never own one because i could never spend 12000$ on 1 thing unless its a car lol!!!!!!!!!.
    VERY COOL!!
    👍😀👍

    • Merlin Alfonso
      Merlin Alfonso Year ago

      Who are these many people making $12K a day shooting photos?

    • ekphotography
      ekphotography Year ago

      DRONE review man of all drones a lot of people make 12.000.00 a day for a shoot.

  • Palentier
    Palentier Year ago

    You captured some beautiful images. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jimmy B
    Jimmy B Year ago

    Only for the A9??

    • FELI CPLANTER
      FELI CPLANTER Year ago +1

      For the entire E Mount lenses either E (APS-C) or FE (Fullframe)

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  Year ago +1

      No it can be used on the others so I mis spoke. I should have said it that on the A9, it will be the best it can be. The A9 was made for this lens.

  • Gone Zapatero
    Gone Zapatero Year ago

    Fantastic lens, nice review

  • Dân Dipper
    Dân Dipper Year ago

    Still 1 here