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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

Very nice, compact and sharp!

By Lon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-29

I love this version 2 lens. It balances nicely on my a1, it's really sharp and the AF is super fast and accurate. Kudos to Sony! Oh. And the internal zoom is sweet too!

FANTASTIC lens

By Carissa
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-09

This lens is a dreams! Focuses so fast, crisp images, and dreamy bokeh! Must have lens! I've used it for sports and photography and it has functioned well for both.

Best 70-200mm Ever Made

By Frank
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-08

Minor Cons: Flare resistance, Tripod collar without hard stop at every 90-degree position, E-mount only Pros: Everything else

One of the best I've owned

By Tony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-21

This thing is so lightweight, it is incredibly crisp and fast and sharp. It has quickly become one of my favorite lenses. I'd highly recommend

Sony FE 70-200

By Hernan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-21

This lens is great. Super sharp and light.

SO much better than Version 1

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-19

Version II is so much better and faster at acquiring tack sharp focus, at a considerable weight savings. Excellent Lens. Costly but worth the extra cost.

Fantastic lens - expensive but worth $$. Replaced 3 lenses.

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-25

The original Sony FE 70-200 f2.8 was just too large and heavy, and image quality was only OK. But this new 2nd edition is significantly lighter, phenomenal image quality across the zoom and f-stop range, and the added features are a bonus. The auto-focus is fast and accurate which is critical for the type of photography and video work I do. The image qualify is so good, I replaced 3 other lenses with this single lens (Sony 70-200 F4 G plus 85mm and 135mm prime lenses). The aperture ring comes in handy for event photography where I often shoot/experiment with multiple different settings for each subject I photograph. This lens is expensive, but this lens replaced 3 other lenses and I sold the other lenses to cover 1/2 the cost of this lens. Faster than f2.8 would be nice for occasional portrait style photography, but the convenience of a 70-200 zoom lens with the image quality of a prime lens, well that is a winning recipe. Unlike older 70-200 f2.8 lenses from Sony and other manufacturers, this lens compliments high Megapixel sensor camera bodies.

All that it says it is

By Russell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-21

This is an excellent lens, so much lighter than its predecessor, and delivers beautifully in all other aspects. This is a keeper for sure. I especially like the automatic/manual aperture ring.

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Yes the tripod collar unlocks and allows you to set the camera for portrait or landscape mode when the lens is on the tripod.
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Asked by: Robert
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Asked by: Zach
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Asked by: Stephen
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Date published: 2021-12-16

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Would it be possible to use an 82mm step up ring with the lens hood? It might be a long shot, but the hood seems like it might be big enough, and I really would prefer to have only one set of filters (especially because I'm considering transitioning to an expensive magnetic filter set).
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