Sony FE 70 -200’s! F/2.8 GM OSS II Review
Hi there. Today I’m really excited to be talking about a very amazing lens from Sony, the FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS II. This is their latest version of one of their most classic lenses, and I’m glad that I finally got my hands on it.
This lens is a real powerhouse. It’s a pound lighter than it’s predecessor, unbelievably sharp with just a third of the focus distance.
It wouldn’t feel right for me to do a review of this lens, without comparing it to it’s big bro’, the Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS I. I am also going to be comparing it to the 70-200 f/4.
This is mainly because, I never bought the 1st Gen 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS. It was pretty sharp, but also a bit too heavy. For me, it didn’t offer enough advantages over the 70-200 f/4 G Master. The f/4 is the lens that I’ve spent the most time with and I still kept it, even though I now have the FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS II.
The Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 2nd Lens – What has Improved?
The biggest headline when the FE 70-200 f2.8 GM OSS II was announced was the weight. This is probably one of the main reasons why most photographers will buy this lens. Especially, those who own the 1st Gen f/2.8. The weight difference is quite substantial. Sony claims to have reduced the weight by about 440g, from 1480g down to 1045g (about 1lbs; from 3.23lbs to 2.3lbs).
Note: The listed weight for all these lenses, is the weight of the just the lens – without anything else on it. This means without the lens hood, the tripod-foot, and both lens caps. Just bare that in Mind
It’s also important to note that, on both 70-200 f/2.8 G Masters, only the tripod foot itself is removable from the lens. The heavy rotating collar that holds the tripod foot remains on the lens and it cannot be removed.
With the f/4, when you remove the tripod foot, you actually remove the whole tripod foot and collar. Which will help you reduce more weight when packing your lenses for trips. This is very convenient because, if I’m not using the tripod foot, then I don’t need the tripod collar.
Minimum focusing distance
The minimum focusing distance has also been reduced significantly. In the 1st Gen G Master, the minimum focusing distance was around 38 inches. on the f/4 it was about 39 inches. and now, on the 2nd Gen f/2.8, it is 15.7 inches. It has been cut down by over 50%. This allows you to get really close to your subject. Coupled with that f/2.8 aperture, the ability to focus that close gives you some really fun, almost macro lens capabilities for photography.
Watch video for full review and to see some of the Sample shots that I took.
Would I Recommend the 2nd Gen Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master over the 1St Gen f/2.8 and the f/4? YES! In my opinion, it is more than triple the performance. Especially when shooting with a camera like the Sony a7R IV the Sony Alpha I. the Sony FE 70-200 GM OSS II is going to have much more resolving power for the High-resolution sensors. The Image quality and portability is just exceptional and it’s totally worth it.
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