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Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens

BH #SO70200282GM • MFR #SEL70200GM2
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 29% Weight Reduction from Previous Model
  • Four XD Linear AF Motors; 4x Faster AF
Sony's FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II takes the classic fast zoom and elevates performance to a whole new level. This lens builds upon the best parts of the original and makes them even better while simultaneously reducing weight by 29%—making this lens the lightest in its class. Sony has also given this lens a brand-new AF system that promises up to four times the speed and has made plenty of optical optimizations that will appeal to video shooters, including improvements to focus breathing and focus shift. Whether you shoot portraits, sports, landscapes, or video, the 70-200mm f/2.8 will get the job done.
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Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Redefining Excellence
  • 3Improved Optical Performance
  • 4Optimized for Video
  • 5Fast Autofocus and Reliable Image Stabilization
  • 6Professional Design and Durability

Redefining Excellence

Sony's FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II takes the classic fast zoom and elevates performance to a whole new level. This lens builds upon the best parts of the original and makes them even better while simultaneously reducing weight by 29%—making this lens the lightest in its class. Sony has also given this lens a brand-new AF system that promises up to four times the speed and has made plenty of optical optimizations that will appeal to video shooters, including improvements to focus breathing and focus shift. Whether you shoot portraits, sports, landscapes, or video, the 70-200mm f/2.8 will get the job done.

Improved Optical Performance

A hallmark of the G Master line is outstanding optical performance with both high sharpness and smooth bokeh. Using a new design, the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II promises corner-to-corner sharpness across the entire zoom range—even when shooting wide open at f/2.8. Along with that, a newly designed 11-blade aperture helps create soft, pleasing bokeh.
  • Fast f/2.8 constant aperture allows users to capture images in dim lighting conditions and with a shallow depth of field.
  • Two ED (extra-low dispersion) and two Super ED elements, including one aspherical ED element, effectively suppress chromatic and spherical aberrations.
  • Two aspherical lenses, including one extreme aspherical lens (XA), minimize distance-related aberrations and also reduce 'onion ring' bokeh.
  • Nano AR Coating II controls flare and ghosting with support from a new optical design that reduces internal reflections.
  • An 11-blade aperture diaphragm helps create smooth, circular bokeh at all aperture settings.

Optimized for Video

Taking cues from their cinema division, Sony has optimized the 70-200mm II for video. Changes include a dramatic reduction of focus breathing and focus shift, improved autofocus performance, and a Linear Response MF system to ensure consistent, natural-feeling operation. Full-time Direct Manual Focus (DMF) also makes it easy to make quick adjustments using the focus ring while in AF modes.

The exterior design of the lens also sees some big changes. One clear example is the addition of a physical aperture ring that was not present on its predecessor. Users will be able to de-click this ring at the flip of a switch for smooth iris control during shooting. This provides shooters with independent controls for focus, zoom, and iris.

Fast Autofocus and Reliable Image Stabilization

Among the biggest improvements with the 70-200mm II is a vastly superior autofocus system. Now comprised of 4 XD Linear motors, the lens now performs up to four times faster. Focus tracking while zooming sees its own specific improvement of around 30% when compared to the previous model. Users will also enjoy high-speed continuous shooting at up to 30 fps with AF and video will benefit from the near-silent operation.

An advanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system will ensure sharp images while shooting handheld at even the longest focal lengths. Multiple modes are available, including standard, panning, and a new Mode 3 for moving subjects.

Professional Design and Durability

Being designed for professional use, the 70-200mm II has been ruggedized with advanced weather sealing. The weight has also been reduced by approximately 29%, to just under 2.3 lb, making this model among the lightest in its class. Optics have also been designed for balance with an internal zoom mechanism, minimizing front heaviness to provide a more ergonomic center of gravity.

Other features of the physical design include three programmable focus hold buttons, all located in 90-degree increments, for more tactile control over select settings in both landscape and portrait orientation. Users also have a removable tripod foot for added stability on support systems.
  • Focus range limiter switch will optimize performance and improve AF speed and responsiveness in certain shooting scenarios.
  • Zoom ring torque has been optimized.
  • Iris lock switch prevents users from accidentally moving the aperture ring to or from the auto aperture position.
  • Front lens element has a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants and makes the lens easier to clean.
  • Included lens hood features a locking button and a filter window for easier adjustment of variable filters (e.g. polarizers, ND).

Teleconverter Compatibility

The FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II is compatible with Sony's optional FE 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters. These teleconverters can be used while still retaining full autofocus capabilities. When used, the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters will provide effective focal lengths and apertures of 98-280mm f/4 and 140-400mm f/5.6, respectively.

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Specs

Focal Length70 to 200mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View34° to 12° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance15.7" / 40 cm
Optical Design17 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.46 x 7.87" / 88 x 200 mm
Weight2.3 lb / 1045 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.13 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12 x 6.2 x 5.5"

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Reviews

Awesome lens!!!

By Thibault
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-18

This is such an amazing lens. Smaller than the previous version, outstanding IQ. Really worth the upgrade!

Excellent IQ, focus, stabilization, low light performance

By Genguo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-06

My review may be biased as this is my first GM lens and my most expensive lens. I like every aspect about it. I use it with my A7c. The image quality is excellent. The stabilization is great (200mm works at 1/15sec!). The weigh is also light enough for hand holding.

The Best

By Robert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-06

Coming from the original 70-200 2.8 GM OSS I I must say this is hands down a solid upgrade. New features, lighter lens, faster auto focus, aperture ring, focus toggle switch ( with the original in auto focus you could still move the focus ring (annoyed me) ) now there's a toggle switch for that, so no more accidental focus movement. 4 Stars Because Because I don't know if it was actually worth selling my old lens for this one, and paying the difference for this model. 5 Stars.. I would give it 5 stars if this was the only Sony GM 70-200 2.8 model This lens sets a new standard on quality and features.

Great Upgrade

By Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

Sony knocked it out of the park with this OSS II lens. Sharp and fast, exactly as you'd hope.

Wow is this lens quick...

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-14

to focus. So far image quality constant with previous version..but amazing how fast it focuses in grab shots.

Best 70-200

By Cheng
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-14

Extremely sharp; lightweight; fast autofocus

Excellent quality for both function and handling.

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-13

I would like to start by saying the staff at B and H were extraordinary throughout the process of my obtaining this lens. I have had the lens for two day and have undergone extensive testing to see if the reports from others were accurate. Well, all of the positive reviews were spot on. The focusing system is extremely quick, accurate and silent. I am using it on both the Sony A7RIV and A7RIII. Each focuses precisely in bright and dark lighting situations. I would imagine the performance when mounted on a Sony A1. The weight is truly mind-boggling, especially if you have used the previous version. I am still in awe. Tracking performance was great without any noticeable misses in focus and the lens sharpness is as critical as any lens would need to be. I use the 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses more than any of my other lenses due to their versatility with portraits and wedding work. The close focusing distance will be one of the many welcome advances, as you can get pretty close to subjects at both ends of the focal range. With the features included with this lens and the optical performance, I truly believe that the price is justified. I hope that the supply can soon meet the demand because if you are a Sony shooter and like this range, you will be pleasantly surprised and giddy as a kid with a new toy at Christmas. I know that I haven't really added much that other reviewers hadn't stated previously, but the lens is honestly that good and I hope that Sony soon updates both the 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 85mm f/1.4 lenses. 5 plus starts out of 5, Sony you hit it out of the park this time.

Awesome Lens

By Valerie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-07

Crisp images !

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