Sony has launched its newest G Master lens and the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II can lay claim to being the world’s lightest large-aperture telephoto zoom on the market. Approximately 29% lighter than the previous version of the lens, the optic has been built to appeal to a wide range of photographers from portrait and wedding shooters to sports and wildlife image-makers.
Featuring a constant fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, the focal length switches up to 105-300mm when used on a crop-sensor Sony mirrorless such as the a6600 and the new version of Sony’s popular telezoom sees some important upgrades. For example, Sony says the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II offers up to four times faster AF, with focus tracking while zooming improved by approximately 30% when compared to the previous model.
The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is actually the 65th lens to join Sony’s E-mount range and features two ED (extra-low dispersion) spherical glass elements, two Super ED spherical glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration without colour bleeding and, for the first time in an Alpha-series lens, an ED aspherical element to suppresses chromatic and spherical aberration.
Bokeh fans will be pleased to hear there is a newly developed 11-blade circular aperture to make the most of when that fast f/2.8 maximum aperture is employed and backgrounds are superbly defocused – a very desirable feature for portrait photographers. As you’d expect from a G Master series lens, the 70-200mm is weather resistant, with Sony explaining the dust and moisture resistance is equal to the FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS and FE 600mm F4 GM OSS. The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants, while making it easier to wipe off any contaminants or fingerprints that may become attached to the lens surface.
Despite all the pro features, the 70-200mm tips the scales at just 1045g and, when paired with the Sony a1 full-frame mirrorless, is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to 30 fps. Videographers will also be pleased with the smooth, fast AF on offer and if more focal length is called for, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II can be paired with Sony’s 1.4x or 2.0x teleconverters to increase the lens’ focal length to 400mm at a maximum f/5.6 aperture.
Other features include Full-time DMF, natural and linear manual focus response, and a focus-range limiter switch, along with three customisable focus hold buttons that are provided 90° apart for easy access. Expected to ship from December, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II will cost around $2800.