SEL 70-200 2.8 GM - soft at 200mm at very close focusing distance?

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SEL 70-200 2.8 GM - soft at 200mm at very close focusing distance?

Hi there,

got my 70-200 2.8GM brandnew some time ago and until I found what I found I was very happy with it. I had the chance to choose one of three copies at a local shop and tested it for decentering using the tripod collar. My copy was the best of three.

What I found now is that the resolving power/sharpness seems to be only mediocre at the closest focusing end (also visible at about 2m) - especially at 200mm. i know that there may be a degration at close focus as with other lenses, but I never saw this so visible as with the 70-200 GM.

At longer focusing distance it is really sharp even at 200mm f2.8.

What about yours? Is it also visible degraded at close focusing distances?

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