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Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Full-Frame Lens (2021)

MSRP 2800 USDNeoscore 80%NEX score 91%

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Product Overview

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is the 2nd generation fast professional telephoto zoom lens for the E-mount mirrorless system. Priced at the same level as the 1st-gen lens, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is a significant upgrade with a number of improvements and new features.
The SEL70200GM2, being part of the G-Master lineup, has all that one could expect from a professional zoom: It is compatible with Sony's 1.4x and 2x teleconverters and offers constant maximum aperture across its zoom range. It uses Sony's Nano AR Coating II to prevent flare and has an optical design that improves both sharpness and rendering.
Perhaps most importantly, the Mark II lens is 29% lighter than its predecessor and the lightest in the industry today. It is indeed almost as light as the F4 G lens from Sony. As many photographers have lamented that the weight of the f/2.8 telephoto zoom is what has been stopping them from using it more often, this significant weight reduction almost fully resolve the issue.
As usual, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II has industry-leading autofocus performance. It is able to shoot at the limit of Sony's Alpha 1, at 30 fps, with full autofocus tracking. This is thanks to four linear motors, double that found in what the competitors are offering.
Last but not least, the new lens has even more physical controls, including an ON/OFF switch for the aperture ring, a feature that videographers will appreciate.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Optically stabilized
  • Internal zoom
  • Weather-sealed
  • Comes with physical aperture ring
  • Comes with a tripod collar
  • Much lighter and more compact than Mk I
  • Very, very sharp
  • Compatible with teleconverters
Cons
  • Still expensive
  • Flaring against direct sunlight

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 91% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent focus breathing
  • Sharp f/2.8 lens
  • Pin sharp across the frame even at f2.8
Cons
  • Not as sharp as the Mark I
  • Small weight difference compared to Canon lens
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
11 blades, Rounded blades
Colors
White
Form Factor
Telephoto Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Focus limiter, Tripod collar
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount, Sony E-mount
Motor
Linear Motor
Optical Formula | Elements
17 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
14 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 'XD' extreme aspheric, 1 ED aspheric, 1 aspheric, 2 Super ED, 2 ED elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
77 mm / 3.03 in
Size | Diameter
88 mm / 3.46 in
Size | Length
200 mm / 7.87 in
Weight
1045 g / 36.93 oz

Function

Angle Of View
34.4° Diagonal | 28.8° Horizontal | 19.5° Vertical (wide) ~ 12.4° Diagonal | 10.3° Horizontal | 6.9° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
70 mm ~ 200 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
Internal zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.3x
Min Focus Distance
400 mm / 15.75 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2021-10-13
Model Name
SEL70200GM2

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External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 94%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The FE 70-200mm 2.8 G Master II improves on its five year old predecessor to become not just the best quality telephoto zoom for the Sony mirrorless system, but arguably the best overall on the market. It’s now pin sharp across the frame throughout its focal range even at f2.8, one that essentially eliminates breathing over typical focus pulls, and also manages to lose almost one third of the weight of the Mark I.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Pin sharp across the frame even at f2.8
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent focus breathing
Cons
  • Not as sharp as the Mark I

digitalpicture[2]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Sony lens features a front-positioned focus ring. Positioning the zoom ring toward the back of the lens provides a better balance for handheld zooming. At review time, the Sony lens costs $1.00 less than the Canon lens. At f/4, the f/2.8 lens is the sharper option.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp f/2.8 lens
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Small weight difference compared to Canon lens

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM II review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-70-200mm-f2-8-g-master-ii-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-70-200mm-F2.8-GM-OSS-II-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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