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Hands-On: Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II

It’s safe to say Sony has become the leader in the mirrorless camera market.  From manufacturing the majority of camera sensors to arguably the most advanced Auto Focus system on the market currently, Sony sets trends and the others are trying to match or at least become competitive. 

However when it comes to lenses, Sony has built up a solid lineup over the past number of years, but with the advancement in camera tech, some of the lenses were losing their competitive advantage to other options on the market. 

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This past year and a half Sony has been trying to change this with much success and the release of the second generation Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II will become another big win for Sony users.

For folks not in the trade, with the barrage of feedback users might have given the company, it seems that it has not been for naught. With the second generation, Sony improves the AF to become even faster and more responsive. Furthermore, while the lens still is a big boy, overall, the size and weight of this piece of glass has been reduced by 29% weighing in at 1.045kg. This makes the Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II the world’s lightest fast aperture Telephoto zoom lens on the market, for now.

From the first time, we picked up the lens its weight and size difference was evident, do check out the video above.  The same robust build quality is still there, ready to go out in the harshest of terrains. 

The optics have been improved as well, bring over technology from Sony’s FE 400 f2.8 GM OSS and FE 600 f4 GM OSS inheriting the XA element, ED Glass amongst other tech to reduce the weight of the 70-200 yet enhance its performance. 

The improved speed at which the new Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II focuses is apparent as soon as you slightly rest on the shutter release button. Paired with the Alpha 1, this lens matches the exceptional performance of the camera. 

In addition, we now have Iris Lock, an option to de-click the aperture, and a shorter throw on the zoom ring, giving us the ability to go from 70mm to 200mm with a quick flick of the wrist.

Overall the lens has exceeded our expectations and find it a tempting buy for any photographer that needs a 70-200 lens in their camera kit.


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