April 27, 2022
Sony has updated its professional workhorse standard zoom to produce the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II. Compared to the existing lens from 2016, the new optic is smaller and lighter, while boasting improved operability. It’s also claimed to be sharper and better suited to the demands of video shooting.
Measuring 88mm in diameter by 120mm in length, and tipping the scales at 695g, Sony claims this the world’s smallest and lightest 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Despite its reduced dimensions, it sports an aperture ring which clicks at one-third stop intervals, but can be switched to smooth operation for video recording. The zoom mechanism gains a torque control with smooth and tight settings, and dual focus hold buttons are on board for portrait and landscape shooting.
Sony says the autofocus is capable of keeping up with the demands of the latest high-speed cameras, with four XD Linear Motors promising improved subject tracking at shooting rates up to 30 frames per second. The minimum focus distance ranges from 21cm at wideangle to 30cm at telephoto, providing 0.32x magnification. Focus breathing is said to be reduced, while linear response manual focus is on hand to provide an intuitive feel and enable controlled focus pulls during video recording.
Optically, Sony has employed 20 elements in 15 groups, including 2 XA (extreme aspherical) lenses and 3 aspherical lenses to minimise aberrations and maintain sharpness at all focus distances. In addition, 2 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass and 2 Super ED glass elements suppress colour fringing. Nano AR Coating II combats flare and ghosting, while an 11-blade circular aperture promises to deliver attractively blurred backgrounds.
As usual for the firm’s premium G Master lenses, the barrel has a dust and moisture resistant design, along with a fluorine coating to help keep the front element clean. The lens accepts 82mm filters, the same size as both its predecessor and the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM wideangle zoom. It comes with a hood that has a cut-out for rotating polarising and variable ND filters.
The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is due on sale in May for £2,100.
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II: full specifications
- Filter Diameter 82mm
- Lens Elements 20
- Groups 15
- Diaphragm blades 11
- Aperture f/2.8 – f/22
- Minimum focus 0.21-0.3m
- Length 119.9mm
- Diameter 87.8mm
- Weight 695g
- Lens Mount Sony E
- Included accessories Caps, hood