Sony SEL2470GM E-Mount Camera Lens: FE 24-70 mm F2.8 G Master Full Frame Standard Zoom Lens
|Lens Description||70 millimetres|
|Max Focal Length||105|
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- SONY EMOUNT LENS: 35mm full frame format, instant auto / manual focus selection, focus hold button. The minimum focus distance is 0.38 meters
- NATURAL, LIFELIKE IMAGERY: ED and Super ED glass elements deliver breathtaking texture and detail
- REDUCED ABERRATION: Two aspherical elements and an extremely precise XA element maximize resolution
- 9 BLADE APERTURE: SEL2470GM lenses have a 9 blade circular aperture for a gorgeous book effect
- NANO AR COATING: Allows for accurate light transmission to improve clarity, contrast and quality
- SPECS: Aperture range f/2.8 to f/22, min focus distance 1.24 feet , max magnification ratio 0.24 x
- MORE SPECS: Angle of view 84-34 deg. (APS-C 61-23 deg.), 35 mm equivalent focal length 36-105 mm
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Sony FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM Lens
The standard zoom redefined
Constant F2.8 24-70mm zoom with an unprecedented union of high resolution and creamy bokeh.
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|Compatible Camera Mount||ALC-SH141||—||Sony E||—||Sony E, Sony E||ALC-SH149|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus||—||—||—||Autofocus||Autofocus|
|Item Dimensions||8.30 x 5.00 x 5.50 inches||4.09 x 3.40 x 4.69 inches||4.50 x 3.38 x 4.72 inches||4.49 x 3.82 x 4.49 inches||4.64 x 2.87 x 2.87 inches||4.88 x 3.50 x 10.00 inches|
|Item Weight||1.95 lbs||—||—||0.65 lbs||1.21 lbs||1.50 lbs|
|Lens Type||Standard||Standard||Standard||Telephoto||Standard||Wide Angle|
|Maximum Aperture||f/2.8||1.8 millimeters||4 millimeters||1.8 millimeters||2.8 millimeters||f/2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||105||75 millimeters||105 millimeters||85 millimeters||75||35|
|Minimum Aperture||22||22||22 millimeters||22||22||22|
|Minimum Focal Length||36||35||24 millimeters||35||28||16|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||82 millimeters||—||—||—||—||—|
The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Zoom Lens is the ultimate choice for those seeking the highest possible optical performance for portrait, travel and event photography or even simple everyday shooting. Built with three aspherical elements including a newly developed, extremely precise XA (extreme aspherical) element that reduces aberration and delivers the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom range and aperture range. ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass element and Super ED glass element keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution and bokeh without any unnatural coloration. To maximize usability this lens also features a dust/moisture resistant design, AF/MF switch, circular aperture, Nano AR coating, compact, a direct drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) focusing system that is super smooth and quiet, making it an ideal choice for shooting both still images as well as movies.
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If you're trying to decide between this and one or two primes like the Sony/Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 or the 35mm f/1.4, a few thoughts:
- The primes capture far more light, which means cleaner/shaper pictures because you can use lower ISOs and faster shutter speeds.
- The primes have better background blur. Blurry backgrounds are generally better for portraits.
- Individually, the primes are cheaper and smaller. But with two primes, it's less clear.
- The primes probably still have better quality overall, but it's very close.
If your goals are more artistic and you have time to swap lenses, you'll probably be happier with the primes. If you just want to able to document events or life as it happens, this zoom may be the best choice.
I usually shoot at f/2.8 or all the way up to f/16. One thing that I noticed is that the color of the image completely changes when I switch to f/16 and the distortion is completely out of hand on the edge of the frame.
For this reason, I'm waiting for the new Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens to be released. My experience with Sigma Art Lenses is that there is minimal distortion. We'll see.
One unexpected, absolute win that will make it hard for me to ever give up this lens, is the custom button. It's sped up my workflow. Cut my shooting time in half. That one extra button has allowed me to set up all the features I use so that I don't have to deal with the nightmarish menus system at all during a shoot. I've now got all the patterns memorized so that I can change the focus type/points without looking at the camera.
Since the Sigma won't have that, it may add too much time to my shoots.
Another benefit is the focusing. I've owned both the Sony A7II and the A6300 (which I sold as a favor, it is a great camera). The issue I had with both camera's and their kit lenses is that the focus was wildly inconsistent. The camera's would totally whiff many times in a row and I had to take way more pictures than needed to insure that I had a enough shots. There were pictures where literally nothing in the shot was in focus.
The G Master hasn't done that yet and I've taken 3000 - 5000 pictures with it. The lens is great.
-Stunning image quality
-Nice out of focus areas - haven't seen the bokeh balls yet, but I like the way the background melts away and the subject is isolated
-Custom button - my favorite feature
-Heavy - Called one reviewer a whimp for complaining that you wouldn't be able to go fifteen minutes with this lens before your arms wearing out. Well, I lasted about six hours over the course of two days before my arms were burning. I'm used to the weight now, but my arms were on fire by the end of that second day.
-Distortion - At f/16 the distortion is just ridiculous on the edges of the frame. I now know to keep everything in the center and crop. The correction in Adobe Lightroom and Capture One is totally unacceptable. Compared to the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art or the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8, the distortion is absurd.
-Crazy Colors - I've literally taken shots back to back, no setting change, and seen a color shift in the image. Boggles my mind. The color shift that occurs when switching from f/2.8 to f/16 is acceptable, because I use mixed lighting all the time, so I just re-balance the color. When there's a shift without changing the settings or moving, however, I just don't understand that.
Previously, I wouldn't have even considered shooting a zoom for anything really important, but this lens changed all that. Even the bokeh is pleasant and very usable.
It's great not having to lug 5 lenses around with me everywhere I go and risk getting dust on the sensor when I'm changing them. It's also refreshing having the freedom to focus solely on the photography side of things without having to worry about the equipment.
I've heard people call this lens heavy, and it's no lie. It is is among the heavier ones I've used. You can feel the quality of its construction in it's sheer density and mass. With the grip, it's not badly balanced, but without it, I don't know how I would manage it. That's really the only caveat that comes with this lens that I've found so far - you've got to possess the strength to wield it.
Autofocus is very fast on my A7rii, but insanely fast on the A7riii. the colors are very nice, a bit on the cool side, which I prefer, and contrast is excellent. It's also a very sharp lens, even at f/2.8.
I also own the 28-105mm G now and I'd say this one is a bit better optically, at least to my taste. If being able to push the bokeh further and having that extra 1.2 stops of light matters to you, I'd go with this one. If having the extra range and a slightly lighter lens is a top priority, then opt for the 70-105. Or you can always buy both of them, because they're both amazing in their own ways. Lol