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Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Full-Frame Lens (2016)

MSRP 2000 USDNeoscore 52%NEX score 82%

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Product Overview

Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM is a standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2016, it has 18 elements in 13 groups.
The original G Master lens, the SEL2470GM lacks some notable features that Sony has introduced to its more premium lenses after its launch.
Like most zoom lenses, the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM is externally-zooming. Fortunately, Sony has provided a zoom lock that at least stops zoom creep. For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing.
A standard zoom lens with relatively bright maximum aperture, the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM can be a key piece in a photographer's arsenal, though some may prefer prime lenses in this focal range.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 52% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Zoom lock prevents zoom creep
  • Weather-sealed
  • Quite useful f/2.8 constant aperture
Cons
  • Large and heavy
  • Not very sharp
  • Not stabilized

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent sharpness at f/2.8
  • Fantastic autofocus
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras
Cons
  • Pricey for a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
  • Lack of zoom creep
  • Vignetting at 35mm
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Standard Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Motor
Piezoelectric
Optical Formula | Elements
18 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
13 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
One extreme aspherical, one super ED, one ED element + Nano AR coating groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
82 mm / 3.23 in
Size | Diameter
88 mm / 3.46 in
Size | Length
136 mm / 5.35 in
Weight
886 g / 31.31 oz

Function

Angle Of View
84.1° Diagonal | 73.7° Horizontal | 53.1° Vertical (wide) ~ 34.4° Diagonal | 28.8° Horizontal | 19.5° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
24 mm ~ 70 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom (zoom lock available)

Performance

Max Magnification
0.24x
Min Focus Distance
380 mm / 14.96 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: ALC-SH141 (supplied)
Debut
2016-02-03
Model Name
SEL2470GM

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External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The SEL2470GM does not disappoint. Autofocus is quick, precise and decisive. Especially for portraits, the Eye AF (focus on the dominant eye) works very well. The image center is quite soft at 70mm f/2.8. This clears up nicely by f4 and remains very sharp up to f/11.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness at f/2.8
  • Wide angle to medium telephoto zoom
  • Fantastic autofocus
Cons
  • Vignetting at 35mm

cameralabs[2]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM captures a visibly wider angle at the short end. Focus accuracy and repeatability is critical to consistently produce sharp shots. At 70mm focal length the lens focuses in around 0.7 sec from infinity to 0.8m (1:10 magnification), which is as fast as the Tamron and Sigma. The lens shows a little zoom creep but the lock at 24mm can prevent that.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp to very sharp and contrasty images
  • Large f2.8 aperture
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • Lack of zoom creep

digitalpicture[3]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
As an "FE" lens, the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens is compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras. Professionals using the Sony system will find this lens worth every penny of its cost. The included, semi-rigid, petal-shaped hood is nicely sized.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • Pricey for a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2017/07/09/sony-fe-24-70mm-f2-8-gm/. 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
2. ^ Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-24-70mm-f2-8-gm-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
3. ^ Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-24-70mm-f-2.8-GM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-26.

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