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Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens Hands-On Preview

We have a hands-on look at the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens - part of Sony's G Master lens range.

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Sony FE 70 200mm F2 8 GM Lens (2)

The new Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens for Sony E-Mount cameras, covers a full-frame sensor, and is compatible with the new 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters. The new lens and two teleconverters are all due to be released in May 2016.

The Sony G Master lens range is Sony's flagship range of lenses, designed to give high resolution and beautiful bokeh, sitting at the top of the range. Resolution of these lenses is measured at 50 line pairs / mm (lp/mm) wide-open and designed for future cameras with a higher resolution than currently available. Standard MTF charts traditionally measure 10 and 30 lp/mm, and the lenses are designed to give excellent resolution into the corners of the frame.

Sony in-house lens manufacturing technology - "Tomorrow's lenses, Today from Sony" 

Designed to work with both photography and video, Sony has future sensor technology in mind, particularly as development by Sony's sensor division will see higher resolution stills cameras, and 8K video cameras. Every product is quality controlled and fine tuned before shipping and consists of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS plus the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM, and Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM.

Lenses that use aspherical lens elements, are traditionally made with a glass molding process that leaves "onion" rings visible in bokeh in photographs, however, Sony has developed a new XA (extreme aspherical) glass molding process with a much finer process (0.01 micron surface precision). This is a World's first and only Sony has this technology that gives a smoother finish to aspherical elements and therefore eliminates the "onion" ring effect. 

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS General Article Images

The new G Master lenses are all dust and moisture resistant, all feature an XA aspherical element, ED, Super ED (not 85mm), and aspherical lens elements. 

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Key Features

  • G Master telephoto zoom lens
  • Class leading close-up performance (0.96m) and maximum magnification (0.25x)
  • Fast accurate AF
  • Built in optical image stablisation 
  • 11 aperture blade
  • 0.01 micron surface prescision manufacturing process
  • Double linear motor - minimises wobbling during focus
  • A floating mechanism contributes to minimum focus distance - making it good for portait focusing
  • Ring drive SSM
  • Nano AR coating
  • Made in Thailand

Sony FE 70 200mm F2 8 GM Lens (1)

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM next to the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens.

The teleconvertors are dust and moisture resistant, and feature an aspherical lens element.

FF (Full-frame) camera 70mm 200mm
APS-C sensor camera 105mm 300mm
FF with 1.4x Teleconverter 98mm 280mm
FF with 2.0x Teleconverter 140mm 400mm

 

Sony FE 70 200mm F2 8 GM Lens (3)

Inside - Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM Lens 

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens construction:

  • 23 elements in 18 groups
  • 4 ED lens elements
  • 2 Super ED lens elements
  • 1 XA (Extreme Aspherical) lens element
  • 2 Aspherical lens elements
  • 11 blade circular aperture
  • 88 x 200mm diamieter and length
  • 1480g without tripod mount

Sony FE 70 200mm F2 8 GM Lens (4)

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2 8 GM Lens Actuator Control shown above

  • Floating focus - class leading closeup performance with a minimum focusing distance of 0.96m and 0.25x maximum magnification
  • Double linear motor minimises focus breathing
  • Quiet mechnical operation

Sony has provided a number of full-size sample photos:

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Other sample images

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Photos of Equipment

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Comments


17 Feb 2016 12:58PM
This should be a ground breaking lens, at a price.
Rumour has it priced at 10 thousand euros. about 7,000.
The two converters would be reasonable priced at 1,000, and according to Sony do not degrade the image quality. Unusual with the 2X.
My 300MM F2.8G MK2 cost me nearly 5,000. I also own a 70-200 and a Minolta 400mm F4.5 prime So the price rumours could be right if it replaced three lenses.
2X converter added would make it a F5.6 at 400MM. Another plus for the SEL 70-200 F2.8 GM is it's video suitability. And video lenses are very expensive.
Time will tell, I believe my A7R MK2 is unbeatable except for maybe sports and wild life taken some distance from the subject.
Could this lens change that?
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M_B 4
17 Feb 2016 3:14PM
I would be very surprised, when it's released in May 2016, if the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is priced much higher than the Canon or Nikon equivalent - best prices currently being 1479.00 and 1499.00 respectively, although there would probably be a first adopter premium of, say, 10% before prices level out in line with the competition. The Canon and Nikon tele-converter equivalents are currently priced at around 300.
5 Mar 2016 10:07AM
$3,500 About 3,000, Now do I sell my 70-200G F4 and my 400mm prime?.
I will have to think about it, This lens technology is the future today. The converters make this equivalent to 3 lenses.
Coinciding with the kingfishers breeding, and the fact I have started to make a kingfisher film, in 4K this is a video lens to die for.

5 Mar 2016 10:20AM

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