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Sep 02

Review: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM

Conclusion

Pros

  • Robustly built lens with very solid construction
  • Excellent haptics, including positive switches and well damped zoom and focus rings
  • Very fast, quiet and accurate autofocus
  • Outstanding image sharpness at all apertures
  • Excellent color and contrast
  • Beautiful out of focus rendering
  • Excellent control of both lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberration
  • Excellent image stabilization good for around 4-5 stops of extra handholdability

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some distortion throughout the zoom range
  • Some vignetting that doesn’t go away when stopping down

The Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM is an outstanding telephoto zoom lens.  The lens is very solidly built and has a pro-grade feel like anything out of Canon or Nikon.  It’s also outstanding optically, with great sharpness, contrast, bokeh and color and a very fast and accurate autofocus system.  It’s truly a pro grade lens, though you’ll certainly pay for it.  The $2,600 price tag is very steep, and is around $500 more expensive than Canon’s 70-200mm f/2.8, and Nikon’s slightly older 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, though around the same price as Nikon’s newest FL 70-200mm f/2.8.  High price aside, the lens is truly an outstanding performer.  You won’t be left wanting for image quality or performance, and should be a go-to lens for a lot of professional shooters.

Image Samples

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Ricky Fowler - Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 90mm, f/2.8

Ricky Fowler – Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 90mm, f/2.8

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Mackenzie Hughes – Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 179mm, f/2.8

Toad - Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 @

Toad – Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.4x TC @ 280mm, f/5.6

Ricky Fowler - Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 200mm, f/2.8

Ricky Fowler – Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 200mm, f/2.8

Running - Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f/2.8 (continuous AF)

Running – Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f/2.8 (continuous AF)

Columbus - Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 @

Columbus – Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 107mm, f/8

Trees - Sony A7 II with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f/2.8

Trees – Sony A7 II with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f/2.8

About the author

Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

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