What a distinction six years makes! Six years in the past Sony introduced their first G Grasp lenses together with the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM which have been the primary lenses to supply each excessive sharpness and delightful bokeh. G Grasp lenses proceed to supply the most effective of each – but within the ensuing six years, Sony lens design has taken leaps ahead with XD linear autofocus and smaller and lighter lens designs.
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II ($2,299) is ALL of that! It’s the smallest and lightest 24-70mm F2.8 lens in school – weighing in 22% lighter than the unique. Autofocus is dramatically improved because of FOUR XD Linear AF motors for a lot quicker AF than the stepping motor used within the authentic (and by competing lenses in school). Twin XD linear floating focus teams not solely present quicker AF – additionally they present sharper pictures from infinity all the best way right down to .32X shut focus.
Whereas the primary era FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM was the sharpest in school when launched, the brand new GM II gives even smoothe bokeh because of 2 XA lens parts and an 11-blade rounded aperture together with lens design that includes 3 Asperical, 2 ED and a pair of Tremendous ED lens parts gives sharpness rivaling primes.
One other enchancment developed over the previous six years is Nano AR lens coating which successfully minimized flare and ghosting. For video shooters, the brand new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II just about eliminates focus respiration.
Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM II Specs:
Focal Size: 24 to 70mm
Most Aperture: f/2.8
Minimal Aperture: f/22
Lens Mount: Sony E
Lens Format Protection: Full-Body
Angle of View: 84° to 34°
Minimal Focus Distance: 8.3″ / 21 cm
Most Magnification: 0.32x
Optical Design: 20 Parts in 15 Teams
Diaphragm Blades: 11, Rounded
Focus Kind: Autofocus
Picture Stabilization: No
Filter Dimension: 82 mm (Entrance)
Dimensions (ø x L): 3.5 x 4.7″ / 88 x 120 mm
Weight: 1.5 lb / 695 g
SAN DIEGO, CA – April 27, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. introduced at the moment the 67th lens in its mirrorless E-mount lineup – the highly-anticipated, FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II (mannequin – SEL2470GM2). Sony developed the world’s lightest F2.8 customary zoom lensi utilizing its main lens know-how to ship gorgeous decision and delightful bokeh recognized to Sony’s “G Grasp” sequence. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is likely one of the most versatile lenses within the line-up and was created for photographers, videographers, and hybrid content material creators.
“Six years have handed since Sony launched the primary 24-70 mm F2.8 G Grasp and in that point, our prospects’ wants have modified,” mentioned Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Options, Sony Electronics Inc. “We’re all the time listening to our group and have designed the brand new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II round suggestions from creators. Figuring out the 24-70 mm focal size is extraordinarily standard, it was crucial that we proceed bettering to convey our most superior know-how to such a vital lens in our prospects’ package. Immediately, we’re thrilled to introduce the world’s smallest and lightest F2.8 customary zoom lens.”
Developed Picture High quality in a Zoom Lens that Rivals Prime Lenses
The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is nice for a compact but versatile arrange and permits customers to seize extraordinarily sharp, detailed imagery for each stills and video. The brand new lens options excessive decision throughout the body—even with the aperture vast open. A totally redesigned optical path options 5 aspherical parts, together with two high-precision XA (excessive aspherical) parts. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II additionally consists of two ED (extra-low dispersion) plus two Tremendous ED glass parts. Mixed with a brand new floating focus mechanism, the lens successfully controls chromatic aberration, astigmatism, distortion and coma in order that excellent decision is achieved all through the picture space in any respect zoom and aperture settings.
Even when capturing in difficult lighting circumstances, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II achieves glorious readability by successfully subduing flare and ghosting. That is because of Sony’s authentic Nano AR Coating II, which produces a uniform anti-reflecting coating on the lens floor. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II produces gorgeous bokeh all through the zoom vary with lovely and nearly completely round bokeh with its superior optical design and a newly developed 11-blade aperture unit.
On this new 24-70 mm design, this lens delivers excellent close-up efficiency with a minimal focusing distance of 8.25 inches (0.21 meters) at 24 mm and 12 inches (0.30 meters) at 70 mm, and with a most magnification of 0.32x.
Quick and Exact Autofocus
The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II achieves dependable focus through the use of 4 of Sony’s authentic XD (excessive dynamic) Linear Motors, a floating focus mechanism and superior lens management – even when capturing a fast-moving topic. As well as, the lens helps as much as 30 fps[ii] steady capturing for stills and 4K 120p video recording with autofocus.
The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II allows full AF monitoring efficiency even when capturing stills with the aperture stopped down, making it attainable to make use of deeper depth of subject to make sure that shifting topics stay in sharp focus when capturing repeatedly[iii]. The lens’ AF monitoring efficiency whereas zooming is roughly two instances higher than the earlier mannequin[iv].
Refined Capabilities for Inventive Filmmaking
With its fixed F2.8 most aperture, astounding AF efficiency, versatile management, and strong reliability, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is designed for all sorts of video purposes. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II gives extraordinarily quiet AF operation, because of the XD Linear Motors and a newly developed aperture unit. Utilizing the most recent lens know-how, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II reduces focus respiration, focus shift and axial shift when zooming for easy video footage. This lens additionally helps the respiration compensation perform[v] offered in suitable Alpha sequence cameras.
As an additional advantage for superior video creation, the latest lens consists of Linear Response MF (guide focus) that ensures excessive repeatability when focusing manually as the main target ring responds straight and repeatedly to delicate management. It additionally consists of an aperture ring making guide aperture/iris management quick, direct, and simple. The devoted iris ring allows click-less management to realize easy depth of subject transitions.
Designed to completely pair with Sony’s compact Alpha™ system E-mount cameras, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is the world’s smallest and lightesti 24-70 mm F2.8 zoom in its class and gives unprecedented capturing flexibility and freedom in a variety of conditions. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II weighs simply 24.6 ounces (695 grams), roughly 20% much less (7 ounces) than the unique 24-70 mm F2.8 G Grasp. The lens’ size has been lowered by 16 mm, and total quantity has been lowered by roughly 18%.
Reliability and Improved Management
The brand new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II was developed primarily based on suggestions from professionals to supply even higher management and value than previous fashions. This mannequin consists of:
• Zoom smoothness change to regulate zoom ring torque both Tight or Easy
• Newly added aperture ring with click on ON/OFF change and iris lock change
• Two customizable focus maintain buttons
• The main focus ring that responds straight and linearly to delicate management when focusing manually
• New lens hood design with opening to regulate round polarizing filters (dia. 82mm)
• Middle of gravity again towards the mount for improved dealing with and operation
An up to date mud and moisture resistant[vi] design gives additional reliability for out of doors use in difficult circumstances. The buttons and switches are fitted with rubber gaskets, and a rubber ring seals the lens mount. The entrance lens factor additionally contains a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and different contaminants, whereas making it simpler to wipe off any contaminants or fingerprints that develop into hooked up to the lens floor.
Pricing and Availability
The brand new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II will likely be out there in June for roughly $2,300.00 USD and $3,000.00 CAD and will likely be offered at quite a lot of Sony’s licensed sellers all through North America.