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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens

BH #SO247028GM2 • MFR #SEL2470GM2
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 22% Lighter, 18% Smaller than Previous
  • XA and Super ED Elements
A refined take on the fast standard zoom, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is not only smaller and lighter than the previous generation, it also features a variety of optical, focusing, and handling upgrades, catering to both photo and video applications, that make this the most well-rounded G Master zoom to date.
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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Small Size, Huge Versatility
  • 3G Master Image Quality
  • 4Faster AF and Floating Focus Mechanism
  • 5Improved Control and Video Capabilities
  • 6Compact, Lightweight, and Robust Design
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Small Size, Huge Versatility

A refined take on the fast standard zoom, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is not only smaller and lighter than the previous generation, it also features a variety of optical, focusing, and handling upgrades, catering to both photo and video applications, that make this the most well-rounded G Master zoom to date.

G Master Image Quality

Designed to rival the primes, this zoom's optics have been revamped to provide even greater resolution, clarity, and bokeh quality.
  • Bright 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 effectively suppress chromatic aberrations and color fringing for greater clarity and color fidelity.
  • Five aspherical elements, including two extreme aspherical elements (XA), minimize spherical aberrations, distortion, 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.

Faster AF and Floating Focus Mechanism

Faster focusing performance, improved close-up shooting, and enhanced control are all benefits of the redesigned focusing system.
  • Four XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors contribute to greatly improved focusing performance, compared to the DDSSM system of the predecessor, including faster, quieter, and more precise AF that's ideal for both photo and stills.
  • Faster AF means improved focusing when working with fast-moving subjects; support is available for shooting at up to 30 fps, full AF is maintained even when shooting stopped down, and focus tracking is possible even when changing the zoom position.
  • Floating focusing mechanism helps maintain image quality throughout the focusing range, which is especially important considering the impressive close-up performance of this lens: minimum focusing distance of 8.3" at the 24mm position or 11.8" at the 70mm position and a maximum magnification of 0.32x at the 70mm position.
  • Internal focusing design promotes snappier, more responsive focusing performance and also maintains the overall lens length during operation.

Improved Control and Video Capabilities

Just as camera design has grown to appeal to both photo and video shooters, this lens has also been updated with a series and attributes that specifically appeal to video shooters' needs.
  • Focus breathing, focus shift, and axial shift during zooming have all been minimized to prevent unwanted movements and angle of view variations for greater compositional accuracy during recording.
  • Supports the Breathing Compensation function in select cine-line and Alpha cameras.
  • The XD Linear Motors are also especially quiet to better enable the use of AF during video recording.
  • Linear Response MF provides natural, intuitive manual focus control.
  • Manual aperture ring can be de-clicked for silent operation and the zoom smoothness can be adjusted depending on the desired torque.

Compact, Lightweight, and Robust Design

Among the smallest and lightest f/2.8 standard zooms available, this lens doesn't lose sight of its professional attributes and also remains a weather-sealed, durable lens for use in trying working conditions.
  • Approximately 22% lighter and 18% smaller than its predecessor, this zoom is a highly portable and versatile option for a huge variety of shooting applications.
  • Now fit with a manual aperture ring, tactile exposure control is possible. This ring can be de-clicked for smooth and silent iris pulls or it can be locked in the 'A' position for camera-based aperture switching.
  • Two programmable focus hold buttons and a focus mode switch for intuitive focus control.
  • Zoom smoothness switch for changing between Smooth and Tight zoom ring torque.
  • Hybrid construction uses both metal and plastic components to maximize both durability and a low weight design.
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design includes rubber gaskets at each seam and a rubber ring sealing the lens mount for ensured use when working in inclement weather conditions.
  • 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 rotating filters (e.g. polarizers, variable NDs).

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Specs

Focal Length24 to 70mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View84° to 34°
Minimum Focus Distance8.3" / 21 cm
Maximum Magnification0.32x
Optical Design20 Elements in 15 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.5 x 4.7" / 87.8 x 119.9 mm
Length at Maximum Extension6" / 152 mm
Weight1.5 lb / 695 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.61 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 5.4 x 5"

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Reviews

Great quality images and super light.

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-29

Very light and produces sharp images, this is my first zoom lens, mainly I am a prime lens user, however during the wedding reception I am a little bit struggling to use my prime lens. I believe this lens will be a big plus for wedding receipt photography and not only for wedding photography. P.S when you shake a lens you can hear some noise, is that normal?

Excellent Update

By Gary
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-21

I held back on selling my four year-old Sony 24-70 GM I to do a side-by-side comparison with the new II. In my first full day with the GM II, here's what I found. I'm a pro commercial / portrait and journalistic photographer - I do not shoot weddings. That's just for background and my lens use only. The new lens is a bit lighter - but that's really not that noticeable in my use. If you shoot weddings, lighter is certainly better. I really did see that both the color depth and the sharpness on the new lens is definitely more that a bit "crisper." No distortion at all. None. The most noticeable (and most welcome!) improvement on the new lens is the speed and accuracy of the autofocus. Beyond quiet - and no focus hunting at all. I found that the first version focus hunted in lower light situations and had focus motor noise. Not really annoying, but it was definitely there. The new focus speed (which is instantaneous) and the complete silence will be welcome indoors during commercial and photojournalism shoots. My wedding pro friends will certainly appreciate the quiet and the much better low light focus performance. The continuous focus keeps up with my a1 at 30 fps. The previous version did not. Not even close. Big plus. Is it worth replacing your first version? That's a decision based upon if the faster and quieter focus is worth it to your work flow. For me, it really is. If you do not already have version 1 of the 24-70 and you are looking at the price difference - get version II. You won't second guess the decision. Are the version II improvements in the 24-70 equal to the improvements in the new 70-200 f/2.8 GM II? Probably not - but in that case, the new smaller size and weight in the 70-200 really matter. In this case, the rather modest size and weight shaves are just a small added bonus to a great new lens. Short answer: Outstanding glass. Get it.

Very Happy

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-23

I have been missing a 24-70mm f/2.8 in my line up for a decade. I finally took the plunge with this new lens. As others have reported, it is sharp across the frame and at all focal lengths. I do a lot of night photography, so coma in the corners is a big concern. I was happy to see that coma is well controlled at f/2.8 at all focal lengths. Better at 24mm and 35mm, but still very good at 50mm and 70mm. I am very happy

Excellent Update

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-21

This updates my previous review which mistakenly showed only three stars rather than five. In my first full day with the GM II, here's what I found. I'm a pro commercial / portrait and journalistic photographer - I do not shoot weddings. That's just for background and my lens use only. The new lens is a bit lighter - but that's really not that noticeable in my use. If you shoot weddings, lighter is certainly better. I really did see that both the color depth and the sharpness on the new lens is definitely more that a bit crisper. No distortion at all. None. The most noticeable (and most welcome!) improvement on the new lens is the speed and accuracy of the autofocus. Beyond quiet - and no focus hunting at all. I found that the first version focus hunted in lower light situations and had focus motor noise. Not really annoying, but it was definitely there. The new focus speed (which is instantaneous) and the complete silence will be welcome indoors during commercial and photojournalism shoots. My wedding pro friends will certainly appreciate the quiet and the much better low light focus performance. The continuous focus keeps up with my a1 at 30 fps. The previous version did not. Not even close. Big plus. Is it worth replacing your first version? That's a decision based upon if the faster and quieter focus is worth it to your work flow. For me, it really is. If you do not already have version 1 of the 24-70 and you are looking at the price difference - get version II. You won't second guess the decision. Are the version II improvements in the 24-70 equal to the improvements in the new 70-200 f/2.8 GM II? Probably not - but in that case, the new smaller size and weight in the 70-200 really matter. In this case, the rather modest size and weight shaves are just a small added bonus to a great new lens. Short answer: Outstanding glass. Get it.

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Where is it made? China?... as are their other ...

Where is it made? China?... as are their other lenses (including the original 24 - 70 2.8).
Asked by: Stewart
At this time, we do not have a record on file for the country of origin on the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens. We will update this accordingly upon receiving this information from Sony.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-04-28

Does the GM II extend while zooming externally ...

Does the GM II extend while zooming externally like the Mark I or is it an internal zoom like the 70-200 GM II?
Asked by: Ethan
From the Overview: Internal focusing design promotes snappier, more responsive focusing performance and also maintains the overall lens length during operation. I am sure it a typo but it is still there.
Answered by: George
Date published: 2022-06-26

Will this lens be supported by focus breathing ...

Will this lens be supported by focus breathing compensation in video on the current lineup of Sony cameras?
Asked by: Sky
Yes, the new Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens have an updated optical design which minimize the focus breathing for videos.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2022-05-26

Zoom lock? Original had it

Zoom lock? Original had it
Asked by: Matthew
There is now a zoom ring torque that goes from smooth to tight. I watched Gerald Undone's Video on the lens and at tight the zoom doesn't move without force.
Answered by: Andrew
Date published: 2022-04-27

Is the new FE 24-70 2.8 Mark ii lens have ...

Is the new FE 24-70 2.8 Mark ii lens have steadyshot?
Asked by: Taylor
Nor is it necessary for this focal length zoom.
Answered by: Scott
Date published: 2022-05-13

Would this lens be a viable option to work with ...

Would this lens be a viable option to work with the Sony PXW-FS5?
Asked by: Tom
Yes, Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens is compatible with the camera. Please note that the SteadyShot lens feature is not supported on theSony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2022-06-09

How much lighter?

How much lighter?
Asked by: Jeff
The prior version was 1.9 pounds / 886g while this new Mark II version is 1.5 pounds/ 695g.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-05-06

The feature list says "Supports the Breathing ...

The feature list says "Supports the Breathing Compensation function in select cine-line and Alpha cameras." Which cameras? As of yet it's only the A7IV and FX6?
Asked by: Sky
As of today only the A7iv and FX6 have breathing compensation but that may change at any time if Sony releases a new firmware update or releases a new camera.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-06-08
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