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October 17, 2013

New Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM II Lens – Pro A-Mount Lens

Yesterday was a huge day for Sony as they also announced the new A-Mount 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM II Lens, which is now available for pre-order officially. The price tag is not an easy swallow at $2998 US, but the cost must come from somewhere. The latest technology costs money and for $3k this Sony lens must have some seriously high quality elements inside!

From I can tell off the specs it has a focus range limiter, SSM (super Sonic Wave Motor), two ED glass elements, and a Nano AR coating is used. Not sure if this justifies the price, but time will tell once the lens is put through its passes and reviewed.

Official overview:

The Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM II Lens is a versatile zoom lens covering portrait-length to telephoto perspectives and featuring a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for enhanced low-light shooting and focus control throughout the zoom range. A Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM) focusing mechanism provides fast, smooth, and quiet focusing performance with enhanced tracking capabilities that are well-suited to photographing quickly moving subjects. Also helping to increase focusing speeds is the integration of a Focus Range Limiter, which enables you to set pre-defined limits for the lens to focus within for faster response times. Additionally, when paired with Sony A-mount cameras, in-body image stabilization renders this lens stabilized and supports the use of longer shutter speeds with a reduction in appearance of camera shake.

The optical design employs two extra-low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range as well as heighten image clarity and overall sharpness. A Nano AR (anti-reflective) coating has also been applied to lens elements in order to reduce lens flare and ghosting for more contrast-rich imagery and high color neutrality.

  • Portrait-length to telephoto zoom lens featuring a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for consistent low-light performance and focusing control throughout the zoom range.
  • Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) provides fast, smooth, and quiet focusing performance with enhanced subject-tracking capabilities.
  • Focus Range Limiter enables you to preset a defined focusing range for faster, more controlled focusing.
  • Two extra-low dispersion elements help to minimize chromatic aberrations and improve image quality and sharpness throughout the zoom range.
  • Nano AR coating reduces lens flare and ghosting for higher clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
  • Nine-blade circular diaphragm produces a smooth out-of-focus quality that is well-suited to selective focus imagery.
  • Compatible with optional 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters for extending the reach of the lens even further.

Key Features:

  • Sony A-Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor) AF System
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • Nano AR Coating
  • Focus Range Limiter
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM II Lens – SAL70200G2

Check it out with and without the tri-pod mount lens collar.sal70200g2-2

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Closing remarks

Clearly Sony is planing on coming out with top quality a-mount cameras in the near future if they are releasing lenses like this. $3000 is a lot of money considering it does not have OSS built in like most of the competition. Demand might have something to do with it in comparison to the big guys I suppose.

I also read this on SAR today: “As reported on Amateur Photographer and Photographyblog, Sony stressed to say that A-mount stays well alive. Both lineups will continue. And Sony even told at PB that a new mid to high-end Alpha mount camera body is currently under development. Due to be released in 2014” 🙂

I’m also heading down to the PhotoExpo next week and hopefully I can get my hands on all this new Sony gear and ask the experts some questions! Let me know if you want me to ask anything in particular as I’m making a list 😉


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  1. Don

    I really like my current version of this lens, except it is not water resistant. Is this new version II safe to take out in the rain without protection?

  2. alphafuturefan

    Is this an optical upgrade from the first one? I know there is new “nano coating” but the 70-400mm II and 300mm II also got the new coating and besides for AF was the same lens. Can you please confirm or deny any practical optical advancements?Thanks.

    • Jay

      Thanks for the comments Alphafuturefan.

      I can’t confirm at this time. I’m going to the Photo Expo show on Thursday and will ask the Sony Reps about that, and the weather sealing. As it stand now it appears to be the same like the other lenses.


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