Every now and then, a lens comes along that is near perfection from day one. The original Sony FE 70-200mm F/2.8 GM OSS first appeared in 2016 and has become one of the most popular GM lens options. It’s especially loved by both full-frame and APSC Sony E-mount photographers needing a versatile zoom lens to meet the growing demands of content creation. Today, Sony has taken that near-perfect lens concept and splashed on much more than just a fresh coat of paint with the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 Lens.
The new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 takes everything great about the original 70-200mm and elevates performance, image quality and functionality in every way. Sony’s autofocus technology has been the envy of all major camera and lens brands. The Sony 70-200mm M2 guarantees stellar autofocus performance to optimise Sony’s advanced mirrorless camera bodies. Being the world’s lightest wide aperture 70-200mm, it makes a compelling argument for use in videography applications. Add the improved OSS, Iris Lock and Aperture Ring, and you have the ideal long zoom for video work. As for image quality, the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 outperforms with edge-to-edge image sharpness and exquisite bokeh.
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 Specifications
- 70-200mm (APSC 105-300mm)
- Aperture F2.8 – F22
- 17 elements in 14 groups
- 11 bladed aperture
- Nano AR Coating II, Fluorine
- Minimum focus 0.4 – 0.82m
- 77mm filter thread
- Dust & Moisture proof
- Improved OSS
- Quad XD Linear Motors
- Weight 1045g
- Dimensions 88x200mm
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 M2 - Built Tough Yet Lightweight
The new generation Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 retains many of the physical attributes of the original model and improves on many. The 70-200 II is the same length and diameter at 88mm by 200mm. For such a large body, you would expect a decent heft to its weight. However, the new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 is a mere 1045g compared to the original being 1480g. That massive drop in overall weight makes the M2 version a perfect choice for travel, photojournalism and, of course, videography work. When paired with a flagship Sony Alpha digital mirrorless camera body, the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 achieves a perfect balance thanks to its weight distribution.
The dust and moisture-proof body also retains the solid and highly durable body construction thanks to internal zoom and focus functions. Advance sealing of all seams and connections ensures that the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 pushes through the worst of shooting conditions. The external buttons and switches are likewise sealed with silicon rubber gaskets to ensure lens integrity. The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 features improved functionality for videography thanks to the inclusion of an Iris Lock and Aperture Ring. It’s features like these that expands the use-cases for the new model.
Sony’s New Standard Of Focus Performance
As mentioned, the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 has inherited Sony’s commitment to the best focus performance in the industry. When paired with advanced Sony camera bodies, it achieves surprisingly fast focus outcomes across various scenarios. The 70-200mm II features a new and improved Quad XD Linear Motors to drive ultra-fast AF capabilities to keep pace with Sony Alpha bodies. The Quad XD Linear Motors guarantee high thrust efficiency that boosts autofocus speed up to 4x faster when compared to the original Sony FE 70-200mm F/2.8 GM OSS.
The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 achieves frictionless element shifting to ensure smooth and quiet focus performance. The power and performance of the XD Linear Motors is evident, especially in Sony’s many flagship body tracking modes. As a result, the M2 high-performance lens is an ideal match for video and movie production when paired with the compatible Sony FX6 and its AF Assist.
Pure Optical Performance
The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 takes everything that was near perfect about the first generation and elevates it several notches. It features an all-new optical configuration with 17 glass elements in 14 groups. As far as optical performance goes, the 70-200mm M2 includes a single XA Element, an aspherical element, and an ED aspherical element. The new configuration assures optical image sharpness and excellent resolution right across the entire image area. A standout feature of any Sony GM lens is the application of Nano AR Coating II and Fluorine coatings to ensure glass purity and image sharpness.
The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 has a highly versatile 70-200mm full-frame range in terms of usability. It’s ideal for various genres, including portraiture, events, wedding, photojournalism and, of course, sports, action and wildlife. Furthermore, the new generation FE 70-200mm F2.8 M2 has adaptability and functionality for videography and cinematography applications. The fast maximum F/2.8 aperture assured exceptional low light performance and subject separation in portrait work. Another worthy feature is the minimum focus distance of just 0.4m to 0.82m.
An Essential Videography Tool
The new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 further expands upon the possible use cases of the original model. The new M2 version takes into account the growing needs of content creators. Due to a range of intelligent design additions, the 70-200mm F2.8 M2 provides support and flexibility for videography work.
As discussed earlier, the exterior of the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 now features independent control rings for focus, zoom and aperture. In addition, the lens features a handy Iris lock function to achieve precise manual operation for videographers. The new and improved Sony XD Linear Motors works in tandem with the Aperture Drive to reduce noticeable focus breathing and focus shift while zooming and axis shift. The Linear Response Focus (Focus by wire) system makes precise control and handling a breeze along with the OSS Mode 3 to ensure framing stability when shooting subjects on the move.
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2
There’s no doubt that Sony has taken what was already a winning formula and added a touch of magic to the new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2. The generational leap between the original and the new M2 version is astonishing and broadens the capabilities and applications of such a stellar lens. The all-new FE 70-200mm F2.8 M2 will be this season’s hot seller. Get in quick and order your Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM M2 now either online or in-store at Georges Cameras today.