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Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II Lens (Sony E)

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Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II Lens (Sony E)
Key Features
  • Full Frame | f/4 to f/22
  • G Series Telephoto Zoom
  • .5x Magnification Across Full Zoom Range
  • Internal Focus, Floating Elements Design
Nine years in the making, Sony has retooled their classic, workhorse telephoto zoom lens with the FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II, introducing performance upgrades in autofocus, stabilization, magnification, and sharpness while reducing both its length and size. Remaining a portable, workaday stalwart for events, sports, and portraiture, this latest iteration expands its capabilities into video and macro applications.
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Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2A Classic Telephoto Zoom, Refined and Reimagined
  • 3Improved Optical Performance
  • 4Faster, Video-Optimized Autofocus
  • 5Redesigned for Portability and Durability
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A Classic Telephoto Zoom, Refined and Reimagined
Nine years in the making, Sony has retooled their classic, workhorse telephoto zoom lens with the FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II, introducing performance upgrades in autofocus, stabilization, magnification, and sharpness while reducing both its length and size. Remaining a portable, workaday stalwart for events, sports, and portraiture, this latest iteration expands its capabilities into video and macro applications.
Improved Optical Performance
The biggest change to the optical design of the lens is the introduction of a floating focusing element, enabling the lens' high-resolution .5x "half-macro" magnification, shrinking the minimum focusing distance to 10.2" at 70mm. This increased resolution is available across the entirety of the zoom range, as is the lens' improved corner-to-corner sharpness. The lens features aspherical, Advanced Aspherical, Super Extra-low dispersion, and extra-low dispersion aspherical elements to reduce and suppress chromatic and spherical aberrations. Nano AR Coating II controls flare and ghosting, while the rounded, nine-blade diaphragm supplies the lens with its soft, smooth bokeh.
Faster, Video-Optimized Autofocus
Chief among the 70-200mm f/4 II's enhancements is its faster, video-optimized autofocus system. Featuring 4 XD Linear motors, two for each of the lens' focus groups, the lens now performs 20% faster than its predecessor and supports focus tracking while zooming. The new autofocus system also works with the Alpha 1's blackout-free 30 fps high-speed continuous shooting, double the rate of the f/4 OSS I.
For those eager to apply the lens' virtues to video, Sony has introduced several features from their cinema division. The new autofocus system has near-silent operation while dramatically reducing focus breathing and focus shift. The Linear Response MF system to ensures a consistent, natural-feeling operation, while the full-time Direct Manual Focus (DMF) feature makes it easy to make quick adjustments using the focus ring while in AF modes.
Rounding out the improvements to image quality, the lens' built-in SteadyShot optical image stabilization is designed to work in tandem with the camera body's stabilization system to ensure sharp images while shooting handheld even at the longest focal lengths.
Redesigned for Portability and Durability
In reconfiguring the 70-200mm f/4 II, Sony has kept in mind both the endurance of the lens and its user, reducing both the length and weight of the optic by 15% to 5.8" and 1.7 lb, respectively. The internal zoom mechanism minimizes front-heaviness to reduce strain while focusing, while its dust- and moisture-resistant design and rubber control rings make it suitable for inclement conditions.
Other design features include:
  • A removable and rotating tripod collar for added stability and reducing strain on the camera's lens mount.
  • Three focus hold buttons and an AF/MF switch on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
  • Three-mode optical image stabilization switch to ensure sharpness in varying shooting conditions.
  • A full-time DMF switch for manual focus override during AF-C mode.
  • Zoom lock and focus range limiter switches to prevent unwanted lens extension or to constrain the usable focus range between a set limited range or full for improving focus speed.
  • A fluorine coating for the front-lens element to repel water, oil, and other contaminants and facilitate lens-cleaning.
Teleconverter Compatibility
The FE 70-200mm f/4 GM OSS II is compatible with Sony's optional FE 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters. These teleconverters allow for life-size, 1:1 macro photography throughout the entire zoom range. When used, the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters will provide effective focal lengths and apertures of 98-280mm f/5.6 and 140-400mm f/8, respectively.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS II Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
70 to 200mm
Maximum Aperture
f/4
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/4
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
34° to 12° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance
10.2" / 26 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.5x
Optical Design
19 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Tripod Collar
Removable and Rotating
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.2 x 5.9" / 82.2 x 149 mm
Weight
1.7 lb / 794 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.01 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10.1 x 6.2 x 5.8"

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS II Reviews

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Will this work with the sony a7riv & dony a9ii

Will this work with the sony a7riv & dony a9ii
Asked by: Benita
Yes, Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II Lens (Sony E) is fully compatible with Sony a7R IV and Sony a9 II Mirrorless-Cameras. The lens was design for Full frame E mount Sony cameras.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2023-07-28

What is the range (in centimeters) of the ...

What is the range (in centimeters) of the autofocussetting "macro"?
Asked by: Jean-Paul
The far reach of the macro-autofocus stops at about 120 cm or 50 inches, I measured it out. Jean-Paul
Answered by: Jean-Paul
Date published: 2023-08-17

Why is there no case included with Sony FE 70-200 ...

Why is there no case included with Sony FE 70-200 F/4 G OSS II?
Asked by: William
Sony has not bundled the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II Lens (Sony E) with a case for transport. We suggest the following case for your transportation needs: Lowepro ProTactic Lens Exchange 200 AW (Black) B&H # LOPTLE200AW • MFR # LP37178 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1431290-REG/lowepro_lp37178_protactic_lens_exchange_200.html
Answered by: Elliot
Date published: 2023-08-23

Does the minimum focusing distance remain the ...

Does the minimum focusing distance remain the same when used with a teleconverter?
Asked by: Dindo
Yes, the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II will have the same minimum focus when using the teleconverters.
Answered by: Davidb
Date published: 2023-12-17

What screw holes are available under the tripod ...

What screw holes are available under the tripod collar for attaching an Arca-Swiss mounting plate?
Asked by: Robert
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II Lens (Sony E) tripod collar two holes on the bottom. One is a threaded 1/4 inch female. The other is not threaded. And is smaller than a 1/4 inch.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2024-02-13

Does this lens use focus by wire, or mechanical ...

Does this lens use focus by wire, or mechanical focusing?
Asked by: William
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II Lens (Sony E) uses a focus by wire / electronic focusing system and the focus motor doesn't lag at all.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2023-07-21

How well does this lens perform for tracked ...

How well does this lens perform for tracked astrophotography?
Asked by: Felicia
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II Lens can be used with a star tracking device. As to how well it works will mainly depend on the tracker itself.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2023-11-28

Where is this lens manufactured?

Where is this lens manufactured?
Asked by: Matthew
The country or origin for the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II Lens (Sony E) is China.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2023-10-15
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