Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II is a Fixed aperture Auto Focus (AF) Telephoto Prime
lens with 35mm FF max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with A Mount
Sony replaced the older Sony 300mm F2.8 G with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:
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What type of photography is the Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
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Reasons to Buy Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II is compatible with cameras that have a Sony Alpha lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony Alpha lenses are Sony A99 II, Sony A68 and Sony A77 II.
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Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II has a maximum diameter of 122mm and total length of 243mm when not extended. It weighs 2300g / 81.1 oz.
Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II has a fixed focal length of 300mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 450mm.
Optical Image Stabilization
Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.18x and has a minimum focusing distance of 2m. 0.18x means that the max magnification ratio is very low and not suitable even for modest close-up shots.
Below are the 3 Telephoto Prime type Sony Alpha mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II has a max aperture of F2.8 and a minimum aperture of F32.0.
Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II's optical formula consists of 13 elements in 12 groups .
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