OL: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Review

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II:
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Optical limits published its full review of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II which you can read in full here. It sounds like Sony really stepped up the quality of Sony’s new 24-70mm GM lens in addition to lightening the lens quite a bit. Below is an excerpt from the review.

The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is a positive surprise in this lens class… At less than 700g, it is in the same weight class as your average 24-105mm f/4… great sharpness at most settings. The results are just great at 24mm and 40mm and still quite impressive at 70mm. The vignetting, distortion and CA figures are about typical for a lens in this class… The quality of the bokeh is pretty good for a standard zoom lens – especially when compared to its predecessor. In critical scenes, you may spot some LoCAs but it isn’t overly pronounced at least. The weakest aspect of the Sony lens is flare which can get freaky in difficult scenes thus it’s also a good idea to leave the lens hood attached during shooting.

…Despite using more plastics, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II still feels like a professional-grade tool… lens is sealed against dust and moisture – and the fluorine-coated front element should help in this respect as well. …Sony has been using XD linear motors for focusing for a while now but this time they incorporated no less than 4 of them …the AF speed is exceedingly fast and, of course, silent. In-lens image stabilization is not provided…

Overall, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is an impressive piece of equipment and at least for the time being, it’s back at the top of the food chain. Highly recommended!

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