Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is a Fixed aperture Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom
lens with 35mm FF max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with E Mount
Sony replaced the older Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:
Compare Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II vs Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM
What type of photography is the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
Lenses in Sony E Mount with Same Focal and Aperture Range
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is a member of Sony's GM series of lenses. GM stands for G Master and represents the top of the line lenses on the Sony E mount line-up. Below you can see the latest lenses in this series.
GM Series Lenses in Sony E Mount
Reasons to Buy Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Zoom Smoothness Switch on Lens
| AF/MF Switch on Lens
| Aperture Ring
| Focus Hold Button
| Iris Lock
| Breathing Correction with Supported Cameras
| De-click Switch
| Hood supplied
| Filter Adjustment Window on the hood
| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Fast Aperture at Wide end
| Fast Aperture at Tele end
| Constant f2.8 aperture throughout the range
| Covers Full-Frame Sensor
| 11 Diaphragm Blades
| Minimum focus distance of 0.21m / 8.3 inch
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| Lens Extents while zooming
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is compatible with cameras that have a Sony E lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony E lenses are Sony ZV-E1, Sony A7R V and Sony FX30.
Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II has a maximum diameter of 88mm and total length of 120mm when not extended. It weighs 695g / 24.5 oz.
Below you can find a scaled side-by-side image of Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II and Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM (Sony E mount) to get a better idea of how their sizes compare in real life. Check the detailed comparison of these two lenses here.
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II has a filter thread of 82mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II:
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II has a focal range of 24-70mm and 2.9X zoom ratio. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 36 - 105mm.
The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is a weather-sealed lens, which provides extra protection to prevent water and dust get inside the lens and camera body under light rain, snow and wind. In order to have effective protection, you have to pair the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II with a weather-sealed camera body such as the Sony ZV-E1, Sony A7R V and Sony FX30.
Lens Breathing Correction Compatibility
The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is compatible with Sony cameras that features Breathing Compensation/Correction. This feature adjusts the size of the frame dynamically in-camera during video recording by applying a certain percentage of crop in order to minimize change in framing.
Sony cameras that has the Breathing Compensation/Correction feature are:
Optical Image Stabilization
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM 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).
Alternatively, you can check the Sony FE 24-70mm F4 OSS in Sony E mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
Lenses Similar to Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II With Optical Image Stabilization
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II MTF Charts
Below you can find the MTF chart of Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II which would give an idea of the its contrast and resolution from the center to its edges.
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM 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 FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.32x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.21m. For a non-macro lens, the 0.32x is considered a high magnification and will come handy for close-up shots.
Below are the 3 Standard Zoom type Sony E mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is a fixed aperture lens with a constant max aperture of f2.8 from 24mm all the way to the 70mm .
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II's optical formula consists of 20 elements in 15 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- Five aspherical elements (two of which are high-precision extreme aspherical (XA) elements)
- two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements
- two Super ED elements.
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II comes with a removable petal shaped lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos. The model number of the hood is ALC-SH168.
A practical feature found on Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II's lens hood is the Filter Adjustment Window which lets you adjust rotating filters such as Polarizers and Variable NDs filters without needing to remove hood.
What's in the Box of Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II:
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II LensSony ALC-F82S 82mm Front Lens CapSony ALC-R1EM Rear Lens CapSony ALC-SH168 Lens HoodLens CaseLimited 1-Year Warranty
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Official Video
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is available in Black color.
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