Rated 5 out of 5
Although expensive, this lens is worth every penny. So sharp, quick, light and tough. I am continually amazed at the images this lens produces.
Rated 5 out of 5
I'm very satisfied with the Sony 70-200 2.8 GM II and I highly recommend it. I've used this lens for sports, wildlife, portraits, nature, landscape, and astrophotography. In all those experiences, it has performed extremely well. For me, the 70 200 focal length is a must have in a photographer's bag. Very versatile with a great aperture for subject separation and low light capabilities.
Image quality and performance:
Provides great Image quality, very sharp, very nice contrast, extremely low to non-existing chromatic aberration, extremely low to non-existing focus breathing. The bokeh this lens produces is something beautiful, it even has an artistic look to it.
Overall build quality:
Very good, solid, and extremely light. It might have a "plastic" feeling to it, but I believe nowadays Sony and many other brands are developing their lenses with good quality weight saving materials.
The focus and zoom ring have a thin non-sticky rubber, which I like better compared to other brands. The lens hood is beautiful, well constructed and feels like a high-quality product. No complaints with the aluminum collar as well.
The "white" finish might be more difficult to maintain compared to a black finish, but it also has a big benefit by reflecting sunlight and improving heat dissipation.
The focus and zoom ring are just perfect in my opinion. Well located, smooth, quick, and accurate. Also, the aperture ring is solid and very well designed with the lock and the click On-Off feature.
Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction:
I've tested this lens in different " normal" conditions, (not extreme) light rain, humid and hot outdoors. So far, the lens has performed extremely well. One thing a have notice, is that it has a relative thin rubber seal around the metal mount compared to Nikon's Z series lenses (thinker and robust). Not quite sure this really matters as long as it works.
Small and compact compared to other 70-200mm f2.8. The size is just perfect, great to hold and great to use. The small size of this zoom lens is something to admire. It saves a lot of space in the backpack. Colleagues (and I) usually have a hard time believing how small and light this lens is.
Extremely light, so light is hard to believe. I've used this lens in different assignments, non-stop for several hours and I have never complained about it. Compared to other internal zoom lenses, this one is just a joy to use. Perfect for hiking and long assignments.
This lens is lighting fast, autofocus is extremely fast and 100% silent. The four XD linear motors are just superb. Great for either video or stills. Focus is almost if not instant. The only thing I would mention, is that sometimes using AF you might notice a slight "pulse". But I'm pretty sure this is a camera AF topic and not a lens issue.
Manual focus is great. The Linear Manual Focus Response is a joy to use. The focus ring is smooth, extremely responsive, and accurate.
Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization:
I don't own other 70-200 2.8 to compare it with. But I say it's pretty good. I've heard Nikon's Z series system is better but is something I can't confirm. The lens has 3 OSS modes and an On-Off button in the lens panel. I find this very useful but sometimes I can't notice a big difference between one mode and the other.
"Weird" sound when is turn off by moving elements:
Nothing to worry about (in my opinion). This is normal in the new Sony focus mechanism; the element is "floating" in the rails, and this might slightly move back a forth when the lens is turned off.
So far, I'll say the only weakness I've came to realize is the price. I consider this lens a bit expensive compared to Nikon's Z ($2,396.95) and Canon's RF ($2,599.00) series with an applied discount. You can get these two lenses with significant discounts that will save you significant dollars.
Does the light weight, small size, and amazing focus mechanism enough to justify the price? Sometimes it feels like it does and sometimes not. But this lens could definitely be more competitive and attractive with a good discount and/or a similar price as the other two brands.
Sony, well done
Rated 5 out of 5
The 70-200mm 2.8 is by far my favorite lens. It provides so much value when shooting.
Years ago, I was saving to buy my first 70-200mm by Canon, the 2.8 version II. I borrowed a family friend's unit for about a year. It was a must-have for the work that I was doing.
I finally purchased it and have been using it for six years.
The only downside was that it was heavy for most users.
For years, I thought Canon and Nikon had the best native lenses.
I ordered this G master 2.8 II for my FX6 and was blown away. This lens is incredibly light and is whisper silent. It is exceptionally sharp from all distances. I'm so excited to purchase a mirrorless body for photos.
Ok sharpness wide open, not good enough for the price though
Rated 3 out of 5
After purchasing the Sony GM 24-70 2.8 II and being astonished at its sharpness and color fidelity, I purchased the Sony GM 70-200 2.8 II.
This lens is priced very high and I expected it to perform as such.
Wide open, the sharpness is ok and not in the same realm as the 24-70 2.8 II. It sharpness improves at F4.0, so essentially it's best at F4 not 2.8.=
Thus is contrary to the "unbiased' YouTubers reviews. I thought I had a dud. Unfortunately 30 days had passed.
I then looked at other actual owners experiences in various forums and they have had a similar experience.
So, my advice is that as soon as buy this lens test it and if it is not what you expect for the price, return it.
Do not believe online or YouTube reviewers, they are essentially sales people.
I am giving this lens a generous 3 stars because it's light compared to my previously owned Canon 70-200 2.8 II, but my years old canon lens is still optically superior to this one.
So, I would not recommend the Sony GM 70-200 2.8 II.