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Lens review

Sony FE 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM OSS II

13 October 2021
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary

Pros:

  • solid, shapely, lightweight, and weather-sealed casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • excellent image quality on the edge of the APS-C sensor,
  • very good image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • sensible correction of longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • negligible lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • slight vignetting on the APS-C/DX sensor,
  • very good coma correction,
  • low astigmatism,
  • nice out-of-focus areas for a zoom lens,
  • silent, flash-quick, and accurate autofocus,
  • very efficient image stabilization.

Cons:

  • very weak performance against bright sources of light,
  • noticeable vignetting on full frame.
If only the Sony FE 70-200 mm f/2.8 OSS II didn't have that slip-up concerning the performance against bright light it would be really a perfect lens. There's also the vignetting problem mentioned in cons but in such a construction it would be very difficult to avoid it (of course providing you want your instrument to have sensible physical dimensions and weight). Anyway, it's hardly a tragedy, especially for mirrorless standards.

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Even taking into account weak performance against bright light, the new Sony lens should be called outstanding. It provides a sensational image quality at every focal lenth and practically across the frame. All other optical aberrations are corrected in an exemplary manner. Add to that very efficient autofocus mechanisms and a great stabilization unit, all of this closed up in a very shapely, lightweight and weather-sealed barrel. A round of applause!