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Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Review

Introduction

The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS is a telephoto zoom lens for the Sony full-frame E-mount compact system cameras. It features 23 elements in 18 groups including one newly developed XA (extreme aspherical) element with 0.01 micron surface precision to effectively control chromatic aberrations, offers built-in 5-axis Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, has a minimum focusing distance of 0.96m and 0.25x maximum magnification, and has a circular 11 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image. The combination of a Super Sonic Wave Motor for the front group and Dual Linear Motor for the rear achieves quick and precise focus, the Super Nano AR coating limits glare and flaring, and it’s also dust and moisture resistant. The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens is available for £2500 / $2500 in the UK and the US, respectively.

Ease of Use

Weighing in at 1480g, the aluminium alloy bodied Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS is very heavy for a compact system camera lens, but comparable to most equivalent full-frame 70-200mm lenses for DSLR cameras. In use, it does feel rather large for a small body like the Sony A7R II body that we tested it with, as shown in the photos below – fitting a vertical battery grip would definitely help with the overall balance.

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSSThe Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens mounted on a Sony A7R II

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSSThe Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens mounted on a Sony A7R II

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSSThe Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens mounted on a Sony A7R II

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSSThe Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens alongside a Sony A7R II

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