A clear vision for the environment

Sony lenses are renowned for their performance – letting you confidently capture any moment. But it is innovation reflecting our environmental concern that makes them truly unique.

Sony environmental concern and resource conservation

As well as making fine products, Sony continues to work toward achieving zero environmental impact across its products and business activities, in line with our "Road to Zero" plan. In addition to the countless user benefits of lighter and easier-to-use products, our ceaseless innovation supports our company-wide commitment to minimise our energy and raw material consumption and, especially, waste.

Function, beauty and environmental concern. 

The FE600mm F4 GM OSS achieves more than 10% overall weight reduction compared with the 500mm F4 G SSM.   

[1] 500mm F4 G SSM   [2] DSLR-A900   [3] FE 600mm F4 GM OSS   [4] ILCE-9

Designed to cut waste

Revising the barrel components

Revision of the structure and optimisation of the shape of the barrel have achieved a design that minimises the use of resources, contributing to our “Road to Zero” plan. We are also pursuing further reductions in raw material usage.

Reducing use of virgin plastic

The use of virgin (unrecycled) plastic has been reduced by approximately 34% relative to previous interchangeable lenses.

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A highly efficient lens structure

A significant reduction in weight has been achieved, without loss in quality, thanks to the unprecedented precision of Sony’s unique XA (extreme aspherical) elements, and the use of lightweight fluorite in place of optical glass.

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500mm F4 G SSM

[1] ED (extra-low dispersion) glass

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FE 600mm F4 GM OSS

[1] Fluorite lens [2] Extreme aspherical lens (XA lens)  [3] ED (extra-low dispersion) glass

Performance for professionals

With the superb image quality of Sony lenses you can capture a world of uniquely impressive expressions and moments. Find limitless creativity in the range, dimension, and depth only possible through an ultra-telephoto lens. 

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A revelation for pro shooters

For large-aperture super telephoto shooters, fatigue has been dramatically eased through the use of magnesium alloy. The overall weight reduction and improvements to weight distribution ensure you're always ready for the perfect shot.

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Ultra-high-grade aspherical XA lens elements

Sony XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements are created in a unique process for unrivalled surface precision, and astonishing resolution. The resulting smooth bokeh makes them ideal for beautiful ultra-telephoto shots.

Leading-edge innovation with the environment in mind

Shuhei Kaneko

FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS / FE 600mm F4.0 GM OSS Project Manager

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After going to many shoot locations in the process of development, I’m pursuing high depiction performance, ease of framing to follow the subject, and reduction of weight for portability, in order to capture the single instant of greatest impression from the motions of subjects far from the photographer.

As well as a new optical design and weight reduction achieved by the adoption of a light magnesium alloy, at the same time we’ve addressed environmental concerns through reductions in resource consumption including in lens elements and virgin plastic. 

Leading-edge Sony technology is also connected to our concern for the environment, and as an engineer I’d like to tell people that those powerful creative works that photographers send out across the world carry with them our environmental concern through our interchangeable-lens designs.

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Stacked full of bright ideas

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