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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

Excellent

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-30

This lens stays on my A7IV. The focus is super fast and the images are super sharp.

Excellent

By Devon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-02

Eye-watering lot expemsive, but an excellent lens easily my favorite in my g-master collection.

Perfect except for one fault

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

This lens is everything your read in online reviews and than some. The focusing on a7mk3 is blazing fast and precise. Compared to Sony FE 70-200 f4 hardly drains the battery even in FULL mode. Shooting in FULL vs. LIMITED focusing range practically does't affect battery life. I do not shoot landscapes, so sharpness across the frame and vignetting is not an issue for me but they are there and clearly visible. Unfortunately at the long end this lens demonstrates a strange non-linear bokeh on Sony a7mk3. It works as expected at 70-105mm (possibly up to 135mm). Past 150mm it becomes glowy with slow fall of of the background sharpness. My FE 70-200 f4 and Canon EF 70-200 f4 mk2 are my go to lenses, so I was totally puzzled by this phenomenon. Disabled all in camera corrections - no effect. Put on Sony a7mk2 - works perfectly. The only rational I can think of is that the new optical formula causes sensor blooming on Sony a7mk3. In short, I were to shoot a wedding with this lens and Sony a7mk3, I'd be perfectly comfortable photographing the bride but not the groom. I hope Sony will perfect this design and apply it to Sony FE 70-200 f4 mk2 with lighter faster focusing, shorter MFD and better weather sealing.

Lightweight, Fast Lens

By Mitchell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-31

Having owned the previous version, this new model is a worthwhile upgrade. It's AF speed is terrific and just seems far more intuitive as a walk around lens. The 70-200 is a crucial lens for so many situations and I'm glad I made the switch to the new model. Would highly recommend.

Light and sharp!

By Raymond
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-31

I haven't used it a lot yet, but it is super light compared to my former Version 1 and very sharp! Focusing is quick and I look forward to using it this weekend!

Fantastic performance

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-31

Stellar lens for the Sony E Mount. It is both lighter and sharper than it's predecessor. Absolutely worth the money to purchase this over the Mark I.

Definitely an Upgrade!

By Marianne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-26

I just spend a month+ in Africa shooting in Uganda and Madagascar with my a1 and this lens exclusively! I had the original version and sold it, justifying my purchase of the new version. It was money well spent as I was able to get many really good shots. The focusing is super fast and the so accurate even when the subject is really far away. I really like this lens!

Best 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens Ever

By Frank
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-03

This is my first GM lens and its all-roundness truly makes it one of its kind. It ticks all the boxes for a professional 70-200 f/2.8 zoom for both photography and videography: - Internal zoom, - Class-leading AF speed and accuracy, - Class-leading image quality, - Class-leading minimal focus distance, - Minimal focus breathing, - Par-focal, - Tons of button and tactile dials ... despite being 29% lighter than the previous GM...

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