Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II A-mount lens review by Evildogsofdoom

reviewer#11964 date: Aug-29-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-400mm G V1
300mm f2.8 G SSM ii
price paid:US$2450 New
positive:Built like a tank.
Good flare resistance
Sharp out of box, no micro adjust needed
constant size when zooming and focusing
Filter door in lens hood
Focus Speed, not as fast as I was expecting
comment:I bought this lens, while working in Singapore. The price was surprisingly close to the original model here ($250), so this made it an obvious choice for me, as I couldn't justify the $1000 premium in the US.
Overall I am very pleased with the lens, the handling is very good. I like that the lens size stays constant when zooming.
While the lens focuses accurately (I haven't tried tracking yet), I was surprised that the lens didn't seem noticeably faster to focus then my 70-400 G i, and is nowhere near as fast as the 300mm Gii.

The quality I am getting, so far, seems very good to me, with no obvious defects. As a telephoto, my subjects tend to be pretty much in the centre of the frame, so I haven't been pixel peeping at the corners. I am impressed with the flare resistance, so the new Nano coatings seem to be working

Overall I am happy with my purchase, but I am not sure if the lens is much of an advance over the original lens. The $1000 dollar premium over the original lens, would seem to be difficult to justify in my experience. The $200 extra that Sony charged for the new 70-400 G ii would seem to be about right.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.93
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.71
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.71
  • overall: 4.87 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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