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Sony SAL70200G 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera (OLD MODEL)
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- Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) for fast auto focus
- Four Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for greater visual accuracy
- Fast internal focusing without change in lens length
- Two Direct Manual Focus (DMF) modes
- 35mm Equivalent: 105mm to 300mm
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||SH0010 petal type|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||Via camera body|
|Included Components||Front and Rear Lens Caps - SH0010 Lens Hood -|
|Item Dimensions||7.74 x 3.43 x 7.74 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||2.95 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.20 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||19|
|Number of Groups||16|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||4.9 pounds|
|Style Name||70-200mm Lens|
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|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Sony E (NEX)||Sony Alpha||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Sony Alpha, Minolta AF||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||manual-and-auto||Ultrasonic||Micromotor||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 7.74 x 7.74 in||3.15 x 6.89 x 3.15 in||7 x 7.7 x 7 in||3.27 x 4.37 x 3.27 in||3.54 x 7.64 x 3.54 in||3.74 x 7.72 x 3.74 in|
|Item Weight||2.95 lbs||1.85 lbs||3.5 lbs||2.11 lbs||2.93 lbs||3.31 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Telephoto||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200||70 millimeters||200 millimeters||400 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70||24 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||72 millimeters||—||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters|
A precision zoom lens with bright aperture and fast, quiet auto-focus response. Specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager of the Sony α (alpha) DSLR cameras, the superb G Series SAL-70200G telephoto zoom lens covers a broad range of frequent telephoto shooting situations. Its 35mm-equivalent range of 105-300mm zooming, fast f/2.8 aperture and quiet, high-speed SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) auto-focus precision makes it ideal for long-distance sports and wildlife photography.
- SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor ) - A built-in lens motor for faster automatic focusing with high torque at low speed, quick start/stop response, and quiet, smooth operation.
- ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass - Four precision ED Glass lenses correct chromatic aberrations and deliver visually accurate results even at full telephoto zoom extension.
- Internal focusing system - Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change -- creating a zoom lens that focuses more quickly and doesn’t affect the balance of your camera.
- 2 DMF (Direct Manual Focus) modes - Allow you to quickly revert to manual focus by just turning the manual focus ring of the lens.
- Versatile focus hold - Three focus hold buttons in different lens locations, plus electronic slider focus range selector switch.
- Front & Rear Lens Caps
- Lens Hood
- Padded Lens Case with Strap
From the Manufacturer
A precision zoom lens with bright aperture and fast, quiet auto-focus response. Specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 camera, this superb G-Series zoom lens covers a broad range of frequent telephoto shooting situations. Its 35mm-equivalent range of 105-300mm zooming, fast f/2.8 aperture and quiet, high-speed SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) auto-focus precision makes it ideal for long-distance sports and wildlife photography.
SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
A built-in lens motor for faster automatic focusing with high torque at low speed, quick start/stop response, and quiet, smooth operation.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Four precision ED Glass lenses correct chromatic aberrations and deliver visually accurate results even at full telephoto zoom extension.
Internal focusing system
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change -- creating a zoom lens that focuses more quickly and doesnt affect the balance of your camera.
2 DMF (Direct Manual Focus) modes
Allow you to quickly revert to manual focus by just turning the manual focus ring of the lens.
Versatile focus hold
Three focus hold buttons in different lens locations, plus electronic slider focus range selector switch.
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The night handheld mode of the camera and this lens permitted excellent photographs of the New Year's Eve fireworks at Walt Disney World from the balcony of the Hawaii building in the Polynesian Resort. Dramatically better than the same photos taken with the stock 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. From the same balcony, I was able to take pictures of Cinderalla's Castle in the daylight, with the strands of lights decorating the castle clearly visible--a distance of over 9/10ths of a mile away.
With the teleconverter and this lens, was able to take a photograph of the NASA Assembly Building from the aft deck of the Disney Dream in Port Canaveral, with the stars in the NASA logo visible--a distance of 11.84 miles according to Google Earth.
Couldn't be happier with this lens, though to shoot serious pictures you need a support for it, as the weight is considerable. I thought I could manage it, and didn't pack a tripod on the vacation where I tried this baby out, and was lucky to be able to use handy railings to steady it. Even so, I strongly recommend a tripod at all times with this lens.
I have this and the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens. Both give you tremendous images. In some regards the Tamron is ahead; it's less weight and renders a darn good image. The Sony is faster focusing [Duh!], quieter and locks on quicker than any lens I have ever owned (this includes Canon and Nikon lenses). The image quality of the Sony is amazing in that it captures everything! I mean everything! The color is first rate, the contrast is good - not Zeiss good but darn near - and it is super sharp. I had only one lens that, when I looked at the images in post, all I could think was just print it - the 135mm f1.8 ZA. This lens is close to being that good too.
To give you a reference I use all the Sony / Zeiss lenses except the 85mm f1.4 ZA (I can't let go of my Minolta version).
To be honest I didn't need the speed of focus. It does not make a big difference in what I shoot (mostly portraits). Now the accuracy that was something I didn't bargain on. With my other lens I would take multiple images to be sure one was dead on. With the Sony there is no need to hold things up to be sure you nailed it.
Is this lens perfect? No. Is it highly reliable - HECK YEAH! ...and you can't beat that.
I recommend this lens to anyone who wants the best overall package in this range and has the need for this level quality.
Mechanical/body: Very high quality metal with some plastics used, very smooth zoom and focus control with auto clutch. This lens is smoother than any of the Zeiss lenses in this regard, and has 3 focus hold buttons instead of the usual one. One really nice things about this lens is that the zoom is all internal so it does not extend to ridiculous lengths like most telephoto zooms; of course being an expensive lens it also doesn't rotate the front threads while focusing which messes up filter settings. I do hate the texture sony uses on the zoom/focus grip since it collects dirt really easy then looks ugly, even though it functions well enough as a gripping surface. The white paint used on this lens looks really nice, and better than the uglier off white of the canon L lenses, but it also makes stand out as an expensive lens which increases its chances of getting stolen. My biggest gripe however is with the lens hood: unlike the CZ lenses that have a nice metal petal shaped hood with plastic attachment ring, this hood is very cheap, flimsy plastic all around. It is felt lines though and has a nice slot to adjust a filter, but overall it is cheap in comparison the the build quality of other pro level lenses.
Optical Quality: Overall this lens is very sharp above f2.8, where wide open it is a little softer but still produces good images. Unfortunately this reduced resolution can't be fixed in programs such as lightroom like its other faults can, such as mild distortion and vignetting. This lens also has a slight chromatic aberration issue, especially in the corners which doesn't improve by stopping down. Overall this is not a very big issue though since it is easily corrected by software and it is not bad relative to other lenses like the sony 75-300 beercan lenses. I have read reviews on the internet claiming this lens has subpar bokeh quality, but that isn't my experience since it seems to produce very nice, creamy out of focus areas. Ghosting and flare control seem about the same as other sony lenses which is not that great, oh well I guess you pay for all those lens elements. I haven't tested this lens for coma.
Overall this is a great lens, but only if you need the fast focusing and extra stops provided by constant f2.8 aperture. If not, you would be much better off with either the 70-300G, which is 2 stops slower, but more compact, cheaper and has more reach. In this price range you can also buy the 70-400 which is an awesome lens as well, although 2 stops slower it is slightly cheaper and has double the focal length (but also has that atrocious silver finish and extends a lot during zoom).
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