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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.
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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.”
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. “
CNET.au 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.”
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.”
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).”
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM User Reviews
Worth the price.. | Rating:
“It’s important to get a quick autofocus lens that will deliver across a wide range of potential shoot options. I bought this one for the A700, using the Sony 2x converter, and despite ambiguous marketing writeups, I took a chance on the three components having FULL interoperability with the autofocus, etc. It met/exceeded all my requirements and they are fully compatible.” – by D. Proko
WOW!! | Rating:
“This lens is very impressive! Very sharp, nice Bokeh, great colors. And of course all the obvious advantages that you can see from the spec: f/2.8 (good for low light and for shallow DOF), SSM (very fast focus). I really love this lens and it produced many pictures that I couldn’t get with other lenses (in terms of sharpness, colors and Bokeh).” – by Timtim
Amazing Lens! Worth every penny!!! | Rating:
“Between the build quality and the image quality this lens earns it’s price tag. The SSM is amazing for it is both quiet and fast… I for one will never buy a lens without this feature from now on.” – by T. Haegele
No surprises here | Rating:
“The build quality is fantastic. It is super fast and quiet. And of course, as everyone else has stated, quite heavy. It took a long time for me, as an amatuer photographer, to get up the guts (and cash) to spring for this lens, but there are no regrets…” – by E. Pletsch
Best in its class for an f2.8 lens in its range for the Sony/Minolta A mount | Rating:
“It is very sharp wide open, much more so than the Sigma that I had previously. It produces some nice pleasing bokeh and colors. I should compare the beercan and it side by side to see which one has more pleasing boken but this lens is by far sharper. Focusing is silent on both this lens and the Sigma. The image quality of this lens is amazing!..” – by K. Williams
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM Sample Photos
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Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM User Manual
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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.
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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