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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ALC-SH120|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||via camera body|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.43 x 7.76 inches|
|Item Weight||3.31 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||5.35 pounds|
|Style Name||US Version|
Sony Camera Lenses SAL70200G2
From the Manufacturer
70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II Telephoto Zoom Lens
Zoom from 70mm medium telephoto to 200mm telephoto with a constant F2.8 maximum aperture. Original Sony Nano AR Coating technology suppresses internal reflections, minimizing flare and ghosting for outstanding clarity from highlights to well-defined blacks. Four ED glass elements contribute to prime-lens class sharpness throughout the zoom range, but this lens can also produce gorgeous background bokeh when needed.
When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.
Nano AR Coating
Effectively suppress reflections that can cause flare and ghosting with Sony’s original Nano AR Coating technology. This precisely defined regular nano-structure allows accurate light transmission, contributing to high-quality images, even more so than lenses with coatings that use an irregular nano-structure. The reflection suppression characteristic of the Nano AR Coating is superior to conventional anti-reflective coatings, providing a notable improvement in clarity, contrast, and overall image quality.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.
Focus hold button
Once you’ve adjusted focus to where you want it, pressing this button on the lens barrel will keep the lens locked to that focusing distance. The preview function can also be assigned to this button through the camera’s custom settings.
Focus range limiter
This function allows you to set a limit on the focusing range which can save you time during AF operation as the lens will not ‘hunt’ through the entire focusing range. In macro lenses, this limit can be on either the near or far range (as pictured). In the SAL70200G, the limit is set on far ranges only. In the SAL300F28G, focusing can be limited either to a far range or to a range that you specify yourself.
The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.
Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.
SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
SSM is a piezoelectric motor that contributes to smooth and silent AF operation. The motor produces high torque at slow rotation, and provides immediate start and stop responses. It is also extremely quiet, which helps keep autofocusing silent. Lenses that feature SSM also include a position-sensitive detector to directly detect the amount of lens rotation, a factor that improves AF precision overall.
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This lens performed oddly. Wide open it is sharp in the center, moderately sharp in the mid-frame, and a bit soft in the corners. Barely acceptable at this price and nowhere close to the Canon which is bitingly sharp across the entire field wide open at every focal length, and only gets better when you stop it down one or two stops.
The odd and frustrating thing about my copy of this Sony lens is that it never gets any better when stopped down. F4 through F8 should be outstanding, but while the center stays sharp, the sharpness in the mid frame and edges actually gets WORSE at these F-stops. Only the vignetting improves.
How can Sony charge $1000 more for a lens that performs worse than the Canon version? It's not even a Zeiss, what exactly are we paying for? This is version II of this lens but apparently any improvement in image quality is minimal. I'm not some Canon fanboy, I used the heck out of my 5D Mark III and it's still a great camera but when it came time to upgrade, the Sony A99ii is leaps and bounds ahead of the Canon 5D Mark IV.
There are a number of great Sony A-mount lenses (the Zeiss ones in particular) but this isn't one of them. I have read that the Sony E-mount version of this lens totally nailed it and I feel shortchanged on this expensive but under-performing lens. I also have the Sony SAL-70400G2 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM Super Telephoto Zoom Lens which is $800 less than this lens and WAY outperforms it at every F-stop.
I only want the best of the best so I'm going to sell my copy. Since I primarily use this type of lens at the long end anyway, and I have primes that cover the 100, 135, and 150mm range, I have gone for the Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM OS Macro for Sony SLR Cameras. The Sigma at 180mm is tack sharp wide open even far into the corners, and it's a macro lens as well so it focuses all the way down to 1x magnification, whereas the magnification on this one is only 0.21x. In addition, the Sigma 180 macro had in-lens stabilization which is better than the in-camera stabilization. For a slightly used Sigma 180mm macro, I only paid only about 1/3 the cost of the asking price of this lens. I'm not a sports or action photographer, I primarily do product and nature photography, so the Sigma is a much better fit for me.
Although I'm shooting with my Sony A99ii over 90% of the time, I'll hold on to my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IF II and my 5D Mark II for the time being.
I purchased another copy of this lens and it was no better. I also got my hands on a copy of the version I of this lens, and it's actually sharper! I hope to one day get my hands on a good copy of this lens but so far no dice.