Sony today announced the first “Mark II” in its premium G Master lens series, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II. The new lens incorporates Sony’s latest lens technologies into one of the most popular zoom ranges for nature photographers.
Several upgrades from the first-generation FE 70-200mm G Master are featured in the Mark II, including a new optical design with the first ED aspherical element in an E-mount lens. A new 11-blade circular diaphragm (aperture) is employed, which Sony states will provide exceptional bokeh when shooting wide open. The lens is capable of focusing as close as 15.7 inches at the wide end of the range and 32.3 inches at 200mm. It’s also compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.
Another big upgrade in the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is its autofocus system, approximately four times faster and with significantly better tracking capabilities compared to the earlier model, enabling it to keep up with Sony a1’s 30 fps continuous shooting.
The new lens is also 20 percent lighter than the Mark I, weighing about 2.3 pounds, which Sony positions as the “world’s lightest” 70-200mm. It’s not yet available for preorder, but availability is expected in December, with a list price of $2,800. For additional details, see the press release below.