Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G

Announced Jun 5, 2006 •
Telephoto zoom lens | Sony/Minolta Alpha | SAL-70200G
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Announced Jun 5, 2006

Sony's 70-200mm F2.8 G is a fast telephoto zoom compatible with Sony's full-frame and APS-C SLT cameras. It may be based on a 2003 Minolta design, but its performance is still very good indeed. However, it's very pricey in comparison to the Sigma and Tamron alternatives, which are almost as good, and recent releases from Canon and Nikon have made it look a little dated.

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Review, Mar 29, 2010
Quick specs
Lens type Zoom lens
Focal length 70–200 mm
Image stab. Yes (via camera body)
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Max aperture F2.8
Min aperture F32.0
Min focus 1.20 m (47.24)
Max magnification 0.21×
Weight 1500 g (3.31 lb)
Length 197 mm (7.76)

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Our review

Sony's 70-200mm F2.8 G may be based on a 2003 Minolta design, but it's still the best fast telezoom available for Alpha mount users. However it's very pricey in comparison to the Sigma and Tamron alternatives, which are almost as good.

Good for: Professionals and advanced amateurs looking for high optical performance from a telephoto zoom

Not so good for: Applications which favor portability and convenience over all-out image quality

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