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SonyFE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens
 
4.7

(based on 79 reviews)

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    (63)

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    (12)

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    (2)

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (38)
  • Strong construction (34)
  • Easily interchangeable (25)
  • Consistent output (24)
  • Rugged (24)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (29)
  • Wildlife photos (28)
  • Sports/action (19)
  • Weddings (16)
  • Video (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An Almost Very Good, But not Excellent, 70-200mm Zoom

I'm not going to try to repeat all the information in all the stats and reviews of the Sony FE 70-200mm F/4 G OSS lens, as DXOmark, SLRGear, DPReview and Photozone...Read complete review

I'm not going to try to repeat all the information in all the stats and reviews of the Sony FE 70-200mm F/4 G OSS lens, as DXOmark, SLRGear, DPReview and Photozone have weighed in and many B&H reviewers have also expounded. My experience with it on my Sony A7ii and A7Rii very much agrees with Photozone's appraisal of this lens. I have rated it as 4 stars. But if I could, I would have rated it as 3.75, better than good, but not quite very good. It is indeed, as reviewers have found sharp in the center becoming somewhat softer toward the corners at 200 mm and F/4, but corner softness improves rapidly on stopping down. There is some distortion at all focal lengths; barrel at 70mm and pincushion at longer focal lengths. This is easily correctable in Lightroom. On the plus side, CA seems to be very well controlled, better than the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR which I used to own, and it is well made, and fairly compact, weighing in at about 840 g and 175 mm in length. So it is about the same weight and length as its Nikon counterpart. Filter size is 72mm on the Sony as opposed to 67mm on the Nikon. But the Sony also includes a collar, unlike it's Nikon counterpart, where the collar is optional. However, having owned the Nikon, I can honestly say that the Nikon was a very good to excellent lens and a much sharper and "useable" lens over all. Since I like to do close up photography, the Nikon, with it's maximum magnification of 0.274 was quite versatile in this regard. Not macro, obviously, but very useful to me with some image cropping. The Sony on the other hand has a "stingy" maximum magnification of only 0.13, half that of the Nikon, and it's close up capabilities are virtually nonexistent. I can make up for this by using a Marumi 330 +3 Achromat close up filter, but this is not a satisfying arrangement. So why am I opting for the Sony FE 70-200mm F/4 G OSS? After trading in all of my heavy Nikon equipment in favor of lighter weight, Sony mirrorless full frame cameras and compact lenses [owing to a neck with fused vertebrae and shoulders with bad rotator cuffs] I wanted to add a telephoto lens to my 21mm 28mm, 35mm, 55mm, and 90mm [macro] FE mount primes. What I really wanted was a native FE mount, compact, f/4 200mm prime or 180mm macro, with OSS and autofocus and 1 kg [or less] in weight. But, such lenses don't exist. I also didn't want to wait to buy the new FE 70-200mm F/2.8 GM lens; word on the street is that it will cost $3K+ and it's 3.25 lbs. With my issues, this is unacceptable [and also, in my mind, defeats the purpose of a compact camera system; but I don't want to go off on a rant]. And I don't want to use non-native lenses with adapters. Nevertheless I am working with this lens and getting satisfying results. Consequently, the Sony FE 70-200mm F/4 G OSS was my best option going forward. So, there it is.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stay away from this fragile lens!!!

I got this lens 6 months ago and it was working fine. Didn't use it that much, all together on 6-7 occasions. Yesterday I took it out from my photo pack pack...Read complete review

I got this lens 6 months ago and it was working fine. Didn't use it that much, all together on 6-7 occasions. Yesterday I took it out from my photo pack pack and it was broken in half!?! I really don't know how this happened. I didn't drop it and it didn't ever fall down. After online research, many similar cases like mine and even new out of the box lens had the same issue.

How it is possible that Sony made this big lens with the plastics connecting two parts?! Visiting Sony repair centre estimated cost is between USD 350-500. This is product should be fully repairable without additional charge, at least during one year warranty.

I am very disappointed with the quality, started to regret switching to Sony!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Auto focus slow

By Moho Mami

from Orlando Fl

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

In low lighting, this lens hunts for focus for too long!

 
5.0

Supurb

By Kean

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

Great lens for capturing anything from outdoor events to indoor long distance shooting.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Carlos

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

Great IQ and build quality.

 
2.0

Poor build quality

By Justin

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

The screws that hold the bayonet on (and therefore support the weight of the lens) connect to the main frame through tiny plastic sleeves. Not a robust design at all.
Also there's a cyan cast that I don't care for.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Mahfodh

from Iraq

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

Very good lens

 
5.0

Awesome lens for travel/weddings

By Eric G

from Jupiter, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I'm using this lens to film weddings from the back of the ceremony. It's perfect! Also, taking this to Hawaii with me because it's only 2lbs! Super great value.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

exellent lens

By Stoimen

from undisclosed

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

love this lens

 
5.0

Perfect fit.

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

Just used this to take pictures at RodeoHouston in NRG Stadium. Low light and sitting up high. With the combination of ClearImage zoom and the A7RII, I was able to get some great shots.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great lens on the A7II

By Matt

from Orange County, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I have only had this lens a few weeks and have had a lot of fun using it. It adds quite a bit of size to the camera, however, it still fits in my camera bag while attached to the camera. I have only used it outdoors in decent lighting so far and in those conditions it works beautifully. Works great with the A7ii.

 
5.0

Great lens value

By Dex

from NYC area

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

Added this to my 28-70 f2.8 and now have two lenses that give me 28 to 200 coverage.great glass, sharp and fast.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Sharp Lens !

By amp

from Tennessee

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I am a professional photographer in transition from Nikon to Sony. I still use my Nikon equipment on certain things but I use the Sony on the majority of my shoots.If you have a Sony E-mount full frame camera ( I have the Sony A7RII) then this is the lens for you. Its a $1000.00 cheaper than the f2.8 version. This lens is sharp all the way through it`s focal lengths with very little if any vignetting. What little vignetting you may get is easily correctable in Photoshop. It also works great on Sony cropped sensor E-mount cameras as well (I have Sony A-6000). It seems to be made very well and the focus and zoom rings are smooth and quite. The f4 aperture works great for me when shooting portraits outside in HSS. I would highly recommend this lens and so far has served me well !!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By Darrell D

from Memphis

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I got this lens 2 weeks ago, along with the Sony A7R II. I must say, I had some high expectations for the system and they have been exceeded. I put this lens on and went to take photos at the Zoo and at the dog park. I was really impressed by the results of both shoots.

Catching my dogs in stills has always been a problem. They are always running...and they run fast. I was able to catch the action flawlessly. The wonderful faces they make when they are happy was captured perfectly.

At the zoo I was able to focus on animals through the bars without issues and capture their natural beauty. All around, I am happy with the results.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A solid 70-200 option

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

With the new GM lens out now, this lens may get over looked. In fact, I canceled my GM order and went with this one in stead. It is plenty sharp and also has a nice size and weight.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent zoom for A6500

By Gary

from USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I tried this lens out on a A6500 and can verify the AF is quick and accurate. This lens provides sharp, high contrast, images. Subject isolation is enhanced with pleasing bokeh. The lens has a high quality build and I like the fact the barrel doesn't extend during zooming.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Product

By Leonardo

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I was in doubt between a 70-200mm f4 and a 70-200 f2.8 GM. For the difference of value I decided to buy the f4. I'm happy with the excitement. I recommend

 
4.0

Haven't had it all that long

By notnownotever

from Roseville, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I have only had it about 1 week therefore the 4 stars. Have played with it some and so far it is great, should go to 5 stars. I am using a Sony a7. Focus appears to be good and fast. Like the focus lock buttons. Do a lot of manual focus with the body.

I got the Sony because it's lighter than the Canon 7D, which I have 2 bodies and still like them for what I do. It is lighter than the Canon with 70-200 f2.8 by a bunch.

The out of focus isolation is good at f4.

However, I love shooting available light and at night hand held or on a monopod. Haven't had a chance to run the 70-200 at these conditions.

 
5.0

Very happy with the accutance of this lens

By Dan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I use this lens primarily for landscape and natural subjects. Used with the A7RII it focuses neither front nor back at both ends of its focal length. Construction feels solid for such a light lens and the controls work smoothly.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent lens with great build quality - very satisfied.

By Rocket Richard

from Minneapolis

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

I have used this lens for landscape shooting, and have not done any shooting yet in low light. As expected, it will be a little less effective at that time, but the advantages of very light weight and comparatively small size (compared to the GM 70-200)make it well worth it. I find that for outdoor sports and landscape, it renders images on a par with the L series 70-200 Canon lens I have been using, and every bit as sharp. Probably the perfect 70-200 lens for traveling, at least for me. At the current price, it is an excellent value. Very solid build quality.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lightweight!

By Dorine

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

Very sharp lens.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Razor Sharp and Well Built

By Asynchronism

from Sarasota, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens:

Very, very happy with this lens - it's exactly what you'd expect from premium glass. Sharp, great colors, fast to focus, well built. I liked the additional zoom on the sel70300g, but preferred that this is not an extending/telescoping lens, and a constant f/4.

A big white lens isn't exactly stealthy, but people really DO seem to stay out of my way when I'm using it... and then also ask me how their camera works. (Take that as a positive or a negative...)

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