Sony Electronics Releases 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS; the World’s Lightest Large-Aperture Telephoto Prime Lens

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SAN DIEGO – November 7, 2023 – Sony Electronics is pleased to announce the release of the world’s lightesti 300mm telephoto prime lens G Master™ (SEL300F28GM), a full-frame α™ (Alpha™) E-mount lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8. The anticipated FE 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS lens has the high depiction performance and high-speed, high-precision AF

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Lightweight and small and I give Sony a lot of credit for making such a lens. The price is reasonable as well. With that said, I much prefer the flexibility of the RF 100-300 mm f2.8 even though it weight considerably more. Bravo to both Canon and Sony for making excellent products.
 
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It is the same cost of the Canon EF300/2.8 but of course smaller... note that if you want more focal range than just 300mm then the RF100-300mm is more flexible at the same cost as the Sony 300mm/2.8 plus 70-200/2.8.
It is basically a 1 camera setup vs a 2 camera setup.
Either that or a 2-camera setup from 24-105 f/2.8 to 100-300 f/2.8 completely covering far more range.
 
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BTW Sony 70-200/2.8 + 300/2.8 is still lighter (and cheaper) than Canon 100-300/2.8 :LOL:
Not if you are carrying 2 bodies to cover that range ie not swapping lenses.

Depending on which market you are buying, the price of the Sony 300/2.8 is USD6k and the Sony 70-200/2.8 is USD2800... so only USD200 cheaper than the RF100-300. I would suggest that ~2% cost difference is negligible in this context.
 
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Lightweight and small and I give Sony a lot of credit for making such a lens. The price is reasonable as well. With that said, I much prefer the flexibility of the RF 100-300 mm f2.8 even though it weight considerably more. Bravo to both Canon and Sony for making excellent products.

Sure but Canon 24-105/2.8 + 100-300/2.8 cost about $4000 more than Sony 70-200/2.8 + 300/2.8.

BTW Sony 70-200/2.8 + 300/2.8 is still lighter (and cheaper) than Canon 100-300/2.8 :LOL:
The are designing it with different philosophy.

Canon is making it for professional in stadium that will position in a static spot, with tripod/monopod. And the focal length before 300mm gives so much flexibility in tracking sport subjects.

Sony is designing it for the one-man-army. Extreme weight saving for handheld with minimal accessories. However its usage is no different than traditional SLR/DSLR equivalent.

Whether you want to switch lenses or not. It's down to how you use it. Typical folks on internet are more likely to be one man enthusiast, so bias towards Sony as it seems better for their use...IRL international sporting events, I doubt you cannot find a RF100-300L.

What CaNiSo are all preparing for Olympics...Nikon focus on the Super-tele primes, Canon on zooms, and Sony is trimming the weight down to extreme. It's a great time to enjoy gears.
 
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Sure but Canon 24-105/2.8 + 100-300/2.8 cost about $4000 more than Sony 70-200/2.8 + 300/2.8.

BTW Sony 70-200/2.8 + 300/2.8 is still lighter (and cheaper) than Canon 100-300/2.8 :LOL:

And just to point out you also cover 24-70 mm with the Canon two lens setup vs. the alternative proposal.

Don't get be wrong the Sony 300 mm f2.8 lens is an amazing achievement. However, being able to take one lens (RF 100-300 mm) instead of two lens is a huge benefit in terms of space when packing. The RF 24-105 f4 or f2.8 and the RF 100-300 mm makes a very portable two lens system that when combined with TCs covers 24-600 mm with a minimal f-stop of f5.6.
 
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And just to point out you also cover 24-70 mm with the Canon two lens setup vs. the alternative proposal.

Don't get be wrong the Sony 300 mm f2.8 lens is an amazing achievement. However, being able to take one lens (RF 100-300 mm) instead of two lens is a huge benefit in terms of space when packing. The RF 24-105 f4 or f2.8 and the RF 100-300 mm makes a very portable two lens system that when combined with TCs covers 24-600 mm with a minimal f-stop of f5.6.
Sony 24-70/2.8 + 70-200/2.8 + 300/2.8 = $11,100 and 3.2 kg
Canon 24-105/2.8 + 100-300/2.8 = $12,500 and 3.9 kg

Personally, I will take the extra cost and weight to gain the flexibility of covering that range with two zoom lenses. Others would not. Choice is good.
 
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Sony 24-70/2.8 + 70-200/2.8 + 300/2.8 = $11,100 and 3.2 kg
Canon 24-105/2.8 + 100-300/2.8 = $12,500 and 3.9 kg

Personally, I will take the extra cost and weight to gain the flexibility of covering that range with two zoom lenses. Others would not. Choice is good.
A 300mm never tempted me, but a 100-300 does, wildly! :love:
PS: A Sony wouldn't tempt me anyway...
 
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A 300mm never tempted me, but a 100-300 does, wildly! :love:
PS: A Sony wouldn't tempt me anyway...
The 300/2.8 II did tempt me, but by the time I decided I wanted to actually buy one they weren't available new anywhere, then I got an R3 and decided to hold off for the RF version. I was disappointed at first that they went zoom over prime, and I still wish the lens were smaller than it is. But I found a holster case that can hold it mounted on the R3 (Think Tank DH-150), and after seeing that I use the full zoom range I am really glad it's a zoom.
 
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