On July 28, 2023, Sony will release the “FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II” telephoto zoom E mount lens. This new lens covers a focal length of 70mm to 200mm with an open F value of 4 for full 35mm cameras. The estimated price is roughly $2000.
The FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II features zoom shooting from 70mm to 200mm and half-macro shooting with a maximum shooting magnification of 0.5x over the entire zoom range. By adopting an advanced aspherical lens, this lens takes high resolution and high contrast images from the center of the screen to the periphery. In addition, the ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass suppresses chromatic aberration and enables high descriptive power.
The lens also can be used with a high-performance teleconverter (sold separately). With a super-telephoto zoom of up to 400mm (equivalent to 600mm when an APS-C camera is attached), users can shoot a distant subject in a larger size along with bokeh. In addition, when the “SEL20TC” is attached, maximum 1x macro shooting is possible over the entire zoom range.
With a total length of about 149mm and a weight of about 794g (excluding the tripod mount), this lens can be used for a wide range of purposes, including sports scenes, landscapes, wild birds, and even macro photography.
This lens is equipped with Sony’s unique XD (extreme dynamic) linear motor that uses a high-speed drive, achieving a maximum autofocus speed of about 20%. The ability to track moving objects has also improved about twice as much as the previous model, making it possible to keep track of the target subject with high accuracy. The focus tracking performance during zooming has also been greatly improved, so you won’t miss the momentary opportunity you want to shoot. In addition, when combined with the full-size mirrorless single-lens camera flagship model “α1”, high-speed continuous shooting of up to 30 frames per second is possible.
In addition, this lens is equipped with MODE3, which has an optimized camera shake correction algorithm, emphasizing framing stability when shooting moving objects. In addition, when combined with a compatible camera body, camera shake is corrected more effectively, enabling stable video recording.
The FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II offers intuitive and secure operability that supports photographers. In addition to a focus range limiter and a full-time DMF switch that instantly switches from AF to MF, the included detachable tripod mount enables stable shooting during super-telephoto and macro shooting.
The front lens has a new fluorine coating, so even if fingerprints, dust, oil, or other dirt adheres to the lens surface, it can be easily removed. The dust-proof and drip-proof design makes it safe to use even in outdoor shooting environments, further increasing the freedom of shooting.