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

reviewer#45752 date: Aug-29-2021
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:Minolta 80-200mm f2.8 G HS
Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM E-mount
Sony 70-400mm G1
Sony 70-400mm G2
price paid:$2200 AUD (new)
positive:Excellent focus
Excellent sharpness
Weather sealing
Future - beyond a1 and a7RIV bodies and after Sony 70-200 f2.8 GM E-mount V2 comes out
comment:I've owned this lens for about 3 years now and have run it alongside the Minolta 80-200mm G HS and the Sony 70-400mm G2. My copy is great - very sharp even at f2.8/200mm but sensational f4.0-. Focus is great on the newer bodies. On the a99mk2 and the a7RIV with LA-EA5 it works a treat and I've pretty much stopped using the the Minolta 80-200mm G and also found myself using the Sony 70-400mm G2 less than I used to - the versatility on image quality and focus on the newer cameras is noticeable. I never used a V1 of this lens so can't comment. I have had the opportunity to run it alongside the current 70-200mm f2.8 GM E-mount on an a7RIV and it was hard to notice a difference on the tasks I put them through. others would show a greater difference depending on the situation. There will likely be a greater difference when an updated GM version gets released.

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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