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Sony 70-200 mm f/2.8G

Manufacturer Sony
Model 70-200 mm f/2.8G
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 200 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 34 - 12.3 o
Closest focusing distance 1.2 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.76
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type SSM
Lens Construction 19 elements / 16 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Sony A / Minolta
Dimensions 87 x 196.5 mm
Weight 1340 g
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Average rating (3 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (3)
  1. Hedrick
    Hedrick 30 June 2013, 02:23
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    IP 86.151.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: The sharpness wide open is a little soft, especially considering the price. Furthermore, the SSM AF is not as fast as I had first expected from a pro lens like this - it works well in well lit conditions but struggles in darker areas where it tends to hunt (annoyingly) a lot.

    Pros: Superb colours and image rendering: aberrations and distortion are almost entirely absent; whilst the little purple fringing I have seen with this lens can easily be removed in post. AF accuracy is generally good if not a little slow and sharpness at f5.6 is outstanding, producing tack sharp images at the centre. Also the build quality of this lense is undeniably brilliant. I have personally compared this lens side by side to the Canon 70-200 IS II and I daresay the Sony trumps.

    Summary: This lens won me hands down the first time I saw it, the sheer size and nature of this lense is an eye opener for sure. The colours are beautiful, the sharpness is amazing stopped down and the build quality is second to none. I would almost certainly recommend this lens without a second of doubt to any alpha owners - a true must have.

  2. Johnny van Graan
    Johnny van Graan 11 October 2012, 23:15
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    IP 41.56.x.x
    Owner since:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: For the price - when compared to the Tamron - I expected better results. As a matter of fact, using both in exactly the same scenario so as to have backup during a forensic investigation I came to the conclusion that the Tamron is by far better value for money.

    Pros: Very solidly built. Sharpness is retained very equally from f4 to f16, with its best performance between f5.6 to f11.

    Summary: One of those investments for which I have a 50 - 50 split whether or not it was a good decision. it is a nice lens to work with - it looks good - it feels solid, but yet it often lacks sharpness around the edges, especially in low light or extremely bright conditions. There are also some elements of purple fringing from time to time - but in all fairness that often has to do with the position of the camera relative to the subject.

  3. Bahudda
    Bahudda 12 May 2011, 21:11
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    IP 148.128.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Weight may be an issue for some - not me though. Not cheap! White color draws attention.

    Pros: Most accurate focusing lens I have ever used including Canon L lenses. Excellent color, contrast and sharpness with negligible CA wide open. It's that good!

    Summary: This is the lens that rarely comes off my camera (A850). I find it to be a most reliable lens that get you what you go after. The accuracy of this lens means that your percentage of keepers are really really high. Truth be told, before I bought this lens I preferred prime lenses but like I said this lens is rarely off my camera.

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