Sony has announced a new telephoto zoom lens, the Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS II, which is also the 50th full frame E-mount lens from Sony.

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The new lens is an update to 2014's 70-200mm F4 G OSS and Sony says it has improved AF and is 15% lighter and 15% shorter. Teleconverters are also supported.

Focus is achieved through two independently moving focus groups driven by four XD ‘High thrust’ linear motors (two per group) which allow the lens to focus down to 26 cm (10.2") and maintain 0.5x magnification across the whole zoom range. Sony also says that the lens focuses 20% faster than its predecessor, which improves on an already fast Mark 1 version. Focus breathing is minimal and can be further reduced by the breathing compensation function on compatible cameras.

The lens is composed of 19 elements in 13 groups, including one advanced aspherical element, three extra-low dispersion (to reduce chromatic aberration), one ED aspherical element and one conventional aspherical lens.

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Pricing and availability

The Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS II will be available in late July at a price of $1,699.99. The price in Canada will be $2299.99 CAD, with Sony Europe saying 'around €2,000.' Sony UK gives a price of £1750 for the UK and says the lens will arrive there in September.

Sony Expands the Range of Shooting Possibilities with introduction of the FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II Lens™ offering Supreme Image Quality and AF Performance
12 Jul, 2023

World’s first[1] half-macro shooting with a maximum magnification of 0.5x throughout the zoom range

12th July 2023, Sony introduces the telephoto zoom lens “FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II” (product name SEL70200G2) that covers focal lengths from 70mm to 200mm with an F4 maximum aperture, compatible with 35mm full-frame α™ (Alpha™) E-mount series.

The FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II is a compact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens that can be used in a wide range of situations. Not only does the FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II contain superb high-speed and high-performance AF that are unique to G lenses, this is the world’s first1 zoom lens to offer half macro capability throughout the zoom range, with a maximum magnification of 0.5x[2] throughout. In addition, with a teleconverter (sold separately[3]), super-telephoto shooting up to 400mm and life-size 1:1 magnification macro shooting throughout the entire zoom range is possible[4].

This launch marks Sony’s 50th full-frame E-mount lens[5]. Since the very first lens, Sony has remained committed to supporting the creative activities of photographers and videographers by bringing together the latest technologies and expanding the E-mount lineup that covers both full-frame and APS-C size formats.

A compact and lightweight model capable of excellent shooting from distant to close-up, and compatible with a teleconverter

With a total length of 149mm and a weight of approximately 794g (excluding tripod mount), the FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II is zoom lens can be used for a wide range of purposes, including sports scenes, landscapes, wild birds, and even macro photography.

Shooting from 70mm to 200mm, the lens also enables the world’s first1 half-macro shooting2, with a maximum magnification of 0.5x throughout the zoom range. The advanced aspherical lenses contribute to uniformly excellent corner-to-corner resolution and contrast. In addition, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass suppresses chromatic aberration.

It also supports a high-performance teleconverter[6] (sold separately[3]). With a super-telephoto of up to 400 mm (equivalent to 600 mm when using with an APS-C camera)4, you can capture distant subjects in a larger size, along with beautiful bokeh. When the SEL20TC is attached, it is possible to take macro shots at up to 1:1 over the entire zoom range.

Fast autofocus and excellent video recording performance

Sony’s unique XD (extreme dynamic) linear motor increases the autofocus speed by up to 20%[7]. Tracking performance for moving objects has also improved approximately twice as much compared to the previous model[7], so it continues to track the target subject with high accuracy. Whilst focus tracking performance during zooming has also been greatly improved[8]. When paired with the flagship α1 body, it is possible to shoot high-speed bursts at up to 30 frames per second.

In addition, a new MODE3[9] setting of SteadyShot has been added that optimises the camera shake correction algorithm, emphasising framing stability when shooting moving subjects. By combining with a compatible camera body, you can more effectively compensate for camera shake and shoot stable movies.

Intuitive operability and high reliability for safe use in harsh shooting environment

The FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II provides intuitive and secure operability that supports the photographers and videographers. In addition to a focus range limiter and a full-time DMF switch that instantly switches from AF to MF (manual focus), the detachable tripod mount included in the box provides a sense of stability during super-telephoto and macro shooting.

In addition, the front lens element features a fluorine coating, which makes it easy to remove fingerprints, dust, oil, and other contaminants from the lens surface. The dust and moisture resistant design provides extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions[10] and expands the freedom of shooting.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II will be available in September for approximately £1750. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorised dealers throughout Europe.

[2] When using a 35mm Full-frame sensor camera. In the case of using an APS-C sensor camera, 0.75x equivalent magnification throughout the zoom range in the 35mm format.

[3] 1.4x Teleconverter Lens “SEL14TC” and 2.0x Teleconverter Lens “SEL20TC”

[4] With “SEL20TC”

[5] As of July 2023 product announcement.

[6] Maximum aperture with the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters is F5.6 and F8, respectively.

[7] Compared to SEL70200G, Sony’s test conditions

[8] Compared to SEL70200G, when shooting stills, Sony’s test conditions.

[9] A software update may be required. See Sony’s support page on the web for camera compatibility info.

[10] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length70–200 mm
Image stabilizationYes
Lens mountSony FE
Maximum apertureF4
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Special elements / coatings3 ED, 1 ED aspherical, 1 aspherical, 1 AA (advanced aspherical)
Minimum focus0.26 m (10.24)
Maximum magnification0.5×
Motor typeLinear Motor
Full time manualNo
Focus methodExtending front
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Focus distance limiterYes
Weight794 g (1.75 lb)
Diameter82 mm (3.23)
Length149 mm (5.87)
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread72 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeALC-SH176
Tripod collarYes