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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

Best Sony 70-200 f/2.8 Lens To Date

By Dorine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

Sharp images, nice bokeh, lightweight, fast AF and convenient extra 140-400mm provided with compatible Sony 1.4x and 2.0x @f/5.6. Great for wildlife!

Wow!!!! This lens right here!!

By Irvin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-29

This combined with my a7rIV is superb. Definitely competing with my Sony Prime 1.4 GM's. Pretty good for Golden hour photography as well. Bokeh is incredibly great especially evening street photography with street lights etc. (Zero Onion Swirls). Definitely happy with this purchase.

Amazing Lens

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-28

I have been slowly converting from Canon to Sony over the last 5 years. The Canon FE 70-200mm f/2.8L was my last Canon lens to be replaced. I held out waiting for this Sony lens and glad I did. This Sony lens is incredibly light! I think that is the first thing you notice. My back is going to love this lens! It is really, really light It is incredibly sharp across the entire field, even at f/2.8. Sharper than my old reliable Canon version. Since I also use this range in my astro and astro-landscape photography, I tested it on stars. No coma in the corners and wonderful across the frame at f/2.8. If you put an extremely bright star in the corner (like Antares), it gets distorted at the higher magnifications, but for 99% of the images, it is not an issue. It outperforms my Canon version across the entire range.

So Far So Great

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-26

Finally got this after it being back ordered for months and definitely worth the wait. At the time the original was a top flight lens but using in on the higher resolution higher frame rate newer Sony bodies it began to show its age. This new lens improves on its predecessor in every way I could hope for. Much lighter and easier to carry around on a long day shooting. The aperture ring is a great addition. To my eye the sharpness is even improved and definitely better and more accurate AF than the previous model. Have not tested it out for video yet but I am looking forward to it. The redesigned lens hood even is an improvement. Glad they took user feedback to heart and gave us the upgrade most of us were looking for.

One of the Best

By Terrence
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-26

This lens is by far, one of the best lenses I have ever used and owned.

Absolutely Incredible

By Jimmy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-26

An absolutely insanely cinematic, sharp lens. It is definitely worth the price. The images are just gorgeous.

Sony 70-200 II

By Elsie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-03

I bought this lens for senior photos and it does an excellent job! At F2.8 you can really blow out the background. Focus is fast and spot on every time! Well worth the money.

Amazing Lens (Best Zoom Lens)

By Isabel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-31

This is by far the best lens. Great upgrade from the first generation GM 70-200mm. If you are on the fence about it, think no more. Get this lens as the images are sharp and the weight of it is night and day difference then the first gen.

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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.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2021-12-09

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Date published: 2022-03-18

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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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Is the tripod collar removable?

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