Sony's 70-200mm F2.8 G is a fast telephoto zoom compatible with Sony's full-frame and APS-C SLT cameras. It may be based on a 2003 Minolta design, but its performance is still very good indeed. However, it's very pricey in comparison to the Sigma and Tamron alternatives, which are almost as good, and recent releases from Canon and Nikon have made it look a little dated.
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM Lens
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“ Overall, the 70-200mm F2.8 G is the ideal lens for Alpha users who want the very best optics and focusing in a fast telezoom regardless of price.”
- 70-200mm focal length
- 105-300mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
- F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F32 minimum
- Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- Image stabilization, via camera body
- 77mm filters
- 1.20m/47.24" minimum focus
- Sony Alpha mount for full frame and APS-C DSLRs
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||70–200 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (via camera body)|
|Lens mount||Sony Alpha|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Aperture notes||rounded blades|
|Special elements / coatings||4 ED glass elements|
|Minimum focus||1.20 m (47.24″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||1500 g (3.31 lb)|
|Diameter||87 mm (3.43″)|
|Length||197 mm (7.76″)|
|Colour||Grey and Black|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter thread||77 mm|
|Filter notes||Does not rotate on focus|
|Hood product code||SH0010 petal type|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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Sony's 70-200mm F2.8 G may be based on a 2003 Minolta design, but it's still the best fast telezoom available for Alpha mount users. However it's very pricey in comparison to the Sigma and Tamron alternatives, which are almost as good.
Professionals and advanced amateurs looking for high optical performance from a telephoto zoom
Not So Good For
Applications which favor portability and convenience over all-out image quality
simply the best!
This has been probably the best lens I have ever owned! It is quick, silent and accurate. The colour reproduction is superb!! I would recomend it to any sony alpha owner and is a good reason to change brands! I have owned this lens for over a year now and use it for everything! Low light such as in theatres, fast action sports, portrait, landscape, video (not often) in fact there's not much I can do that I haven't used this to do! Problems: only draw back would be that you have to be careful ...
This lens is truly amazing and I go out of my way to use it. The build construction is excellent, it feels strong and solid in hand and while I'm not about to test it, I feel like i could drop it, pick it up and keep going without even checking for scratches. The colors and sharpness it produces are remarkable, focusing with it is super fast and accurate, much better than with the old 70-200 4.5-5.6 (albeit an old lens the contrast in speed is still a testament to this one's quality). I use ...