Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM

Last updated (22 January’13):
– Review SLRGear

The Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM features (35mm equivalent): 70-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f2.8. The lens construction has 19 elements in 16 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34 degrees to 12 degrees 30′. Closest focusing distance at 4′ (1.2m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM lens weighs 2lbs 15oz (1300g) and it measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 7.8 inches long.

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM Reviews

Photoreview reviews the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM and writes;
“Test shots taken with the review lens on the A850 body were generally sharp and detailed and Imatest showed the lens to be a good performer that delivered consistently high resolution between f/4 and f/11 for almost all focal length settings.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM and writes;
“The 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 produces slight chromatic aberration at 70mm across all apertures; 3/100ths of a percent of frame height generally, and just over 6/100ths in the corners. Zoom in to 100 or 135mm, and the CA goes away, only to re-appear slightly at 200mm. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM and writes;
“Automatic focus is incredibly quiet, indeed almost silent, and it obtains focus in under a second in sufficient light. Bokeh is pleasing but not as diffused as perhaps you’d expect from a lens with a consistent wide aperture across the focal length.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kurtmunger reviews the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM and writes;
“This is what I like about the Sony 70-200mm F/2.8 G lens: Nice color rendition, reasonably sharp wide open and very sharp from F/4 down, instant auto-focus over-ride, very quiet and accurate focusing.. the 70-200mm F/2.8 G telephoto lens. This lens is slightly soft wide open, sharpening up more at F/4, then reaching maximum sharpness at F/5.6. In real world shots, F/2.8 is fine, and F/4 is great, see above crops. When shooting test charts and detailed macros, use F/5.6.”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM and writes;
“The Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM G is a very good lens that certainly deserves its “Gold” class designation. It is very sharp and contrasty across the board and vignetting, lateral CAs as well as distortions are generally very well controlled. The build quality of the lens is excellent and it’s a joy to experience the fast and silent AF (SSM).”
Rating: ★★★★☆


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Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM Specifications

A precision zoom lens with bright aperture and fast, quiet auto-focus response. Specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 camera, this superb G-Series zoom lens covers a broad range of frequent telephoto shooting situations. Its 35mm-equivalent range of 105-300mm zooming, fast f/2.8 aperture and quiet, high-speed SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) auto-focus precision makes it ideal for long-distance sports and wildlife photography.

Lens Features
SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
A built-in lens motor for faster automatic focusing with high torque at low speed, quick start/stop response, and quiet, smooth operation.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Four precision ED Glass lenses correct chromatic aberrations and deliver visually accurate results even at full telephoto zoom extension.

Internal focusing system
Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change — creating a zoom lens that focuses more quickly and doesn’t affect the balance of your camera.

2 DMF (Direct Manual Focus) modes
Allow you to quickly revert to manual focus by just turning the manual focus ring of the lens.

Versatile focus hold
Three focus hold buttons in different lens locations, plus electronic slider focus range selector switch.

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