Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens review

My Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens Review | Real World Perspective

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Pro Grade Full Frame E-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens

In this Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens review I will go over image quality and usability in the real world using both the A7r and A6000 for camera bodies. The SEL70200g lens has been a long awaited addition to the e-mount lens line-up, and is really essential for any active working photographer looking for the best quality optics and a versatile zoom range for portraits, weddings, photojournalism and much more…

The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens is pretty expensive at ~$1498 US, but you do get a very high quality product that does deliver as promised in my opinion. Killer image quality comes off this lens as you will see tons of sample photos below.

Build Quality, Design, and Features

The SEL70200G lens is well made and feels really good in the hands, although really large compared to almost all other E-mount lenses I’ve used in the past. Basically your left hand supports the lens while your right hand holds the camera. I like to swivel the tripod mount to to the left side a bit so it rests in the palm of my hand during hand held shooting. This creates the perfect amount of space for my fingers to control the zoom or focus easily without having to let go of the lens weight. Zooming otherwise tends to twist the camera a little more until you get some practice. Again, it’s just my preferred method and really helps support the weight in a more efficient manner for me.

Sony A7r w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens
Sony A7r w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens

Sony gave the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens some basic weather sealing which is awesome, because the full frame A7-series cameras also have this basic weather sealing to match. This lens is significantly lighter weight than the A-Mount version, because it’s f/4 and designed for the smaller lighter E-mount cameras. Sony really did a pretty good job saving weight while also adding OSS.

Focal length equivalent to 105-300mm on the APS-C crop factor cameras like the A6000 or Nex-6 for example.

Sony A7r w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens
Sony A7r w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens

The SEL70200G lens features the latest Nano AR coating technology which helps combat lens flare issues and internal reflections that will often cause a noticeable loss in contrast. Aspheric Elements  inside this lens consist of: 2 advanced aspheric, 1 aspheric, 1 super ED, and 2 ED elements. That is really high quality optical glass and helps justify the price of this lens in case you are wondering why it is so expensive compared to some other e-mount lenses.

Sony A7r w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens
Sony A7r w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens

Also featuring four toggles on the side. A Mode switch for better panning results and 3 focus hold buttons to also help in various situations. Built in Optical Stabilization is the latest and greatest and it can also be turned off with ease by using the toggle switch on the side of the lens. AF and MF also has a dedicated toggle switch, and last but not least is the range limiter toggle switch.

The range limiter is a great feature if you are working near a fence for example. The lens will not focus on anything closer than 3 meters when this option is set. I have used this feature a lot over the years and it’s awesome to have on a lens like this. You may think you will never use it, but then at some point your camera will keep focusing on something in the foreground that you don’t want and you will say, “Oh yeah, that focus limiter toggle will help me with this issue” πŸ˜‰ People in front of you at a ballgame or concert is another example where this comes in handy. I usually have it set to full though in most situations.

Sony A6000 w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens
Sony A6000 w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens
sel70200g-lens-elements
Lens Elements = 21 Elements in 15 Groups

Key Features:

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • APS-C Effective Focal Length = 105-300mm
  • Two ED Elements & One Super ED Element
  • Two AA Elements & One Aspherical Element
  • Nano AR Coating
  • Dual Linear AF Motors; Internal Focus
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Focus Hold Buttons; Focus Range Limiter
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Removable, Rotating Tripod Collar
  • Minimum Focus Distance = 39.37β€³ / 1 m
  • Filter Thread = 72mm
  • Weight = 1.9 lb / 840 g
  • Price = $1498 US @ BHPhoto

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 OSS G lens Video Review

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens review
My Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens Review | Real World Perspective
Fantastic Image Quality and Telephoto Range
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens is an awesome lens bottom line. With the f/4 constant aperture it offers a lighter weight and more affordable alternative to the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM Lens. Build quality and image quality are excellent in my opinion, and I highly recommend this lens if in the market for a 70-200mm range.
Bang For The Buck
90
Feature Set
95
Build Quality and Design
95
Ergonomics
95
Auto Focus System
95
Usability
95
Video Quality
90
Overall Image quality
96
Lens Distortion Control
94
Overall Optical Quality
95
Low Light Performance
85
Fun Factor
95
Reader Rating0 Votes
0
Pros
excellent real world image quality
pro grade build quality and feature set
optical stabilization works great
Cons
a little bit softer at f/4
a fairly large and heavy lens
a bit on the expensive side
93
Pro Grade Full Frame E-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens

Sample Photos

First some Lab Sample Photos. All of these files are were shot raw quality using a tripod and were then imported into Lightroom 5 where the Lens Correction Profile was applied. The distortion on the 70-200mm is really well controlled, so I don’t need to show as many samples of that in my opinion, but did include a few. I also used the 36mp full frame A7r for the lab test photos, so the sel70200g resolution really gets pushed to the max.

Please click on the photos for the full 100% Crops that are ~1000px. I took a few random lab photos at 200mm first.

SEL70200g @ ~200mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw
SEL70200g @ ~200mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw
SEL70200g @ ~200mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw
100% Crop, f/4
SEL70200g @ ~200mm, f/8, Sony A7r, Raw
SEL70200g @ ~200mm, f/8, Sony A7r, Raw
SEL70200g @ ~200mm, f/8, Sony A7r, Raw
100% Crop, f/8

200mm @ F/4 First with No lens correction so you can see the mild barrel distortion.

SEL70200g @ 200mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw
SEL70200g @ 200mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw – No Lens Correction
SEL70200g @ 200mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw
SEL70200g @ 200mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw

~100mm Lab Photos First with No lens correction so you can see the mild barrel distortion @ ~100mm.

SEL70200g @ ~100mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw - No Lens Correction
SEL70200g @ ~100mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw – No Lens Correction
SEL70200g @ ~100mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw
SEL70200g @ ~100mm, f/4, Sony A7r, Raw

70mm Lab Photos

SEL70200g @ 70mm, f/4, Using A7r, Raw - no lens correction
SEL70200g @ 70mm, f/4, Using A7r, Raw – no lens correction
SEL70200g @ 70mm, f/4, Using A7r, Raw
SEL70200g @ 70mm, f/4, Using A7r, Raw

Real World Sample Photos – Raw Quality

I have so many sample photos it is crazy, so I will just show you the most relevant to what the lens is capable of doing on the Sony A7r and the newer A6000 for those interested. I tried to get a really good variety of subjects in various lighting conditions. A few of the photos I did edit a bit, but most of these are just right off the camera. I was very impressed with the real world image quality this lens produced!

Family Fun

Some Randoms

Dog Photos

Car Show Photos

Quality Lens Filters:

Conclusions

The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens is an awesome lens bottom line. I highly recommend it and would love to own it myself honestly. It works great on my full frame A7r or crop factor Nex-6 for that matter. On the A6000 the lens performed excellent and was able to maintain focus with moving subjects no problem. The f/4 does force the camera to use a higher ISO then ideal in some low light situations, but if you have the A7s that is no longer an issue! Only if you have the A7 or A7r and hit above ISO 6400 does it really get noticeable.

User Experience Other than the bulkiness of the lens that may take a while to get used to depending on your experience, the SEL70200G is a pleasure to use. The Vertical Battery Grip which I recently reviewed Here,  did help leverage the lens a lot and I recommend it for extended hand holding. Buttons are well placed, focus and zoom rings feel excellent, The OSS works as promised and the results are what you pay for and expect from a Sony G lens at this price point.

Optical Quality The optics are very good on the SEL70200g and only a little softness in the very corners on lab testing at f/4 and f/5.6. Β f/4 is noticeably softer than f/5.6 in all scenarios and gets even sharper at f/8. Contrast and flare are very well controlled when using the huge provided lens hood. The lens does have a little barrel distortion, but nothing compared to the recently reviewed PZ 18-105mm f/4 OSS G Lens (Click Here). The Lightroom 5 lens profile does a great job fixing the mild distortion. It’s barely noticeable in the A&B samples images above w/and w/out lens correction so you can see for yourself.

Image Quality Images come out awesome using this lens on either the APS-C cameras or the full frame A-Series cameras in the real world. Using Raw quality the contrast and color is excellent in my opinion, Sharpness is totally acceptable at f/4 and when stepped down to f/5.6 is really sharp. f/8 is razor sharp from the real world testing I did and in the Lab. 200mm is a little softer in the corners than the other focal lengths tested in the Lab, but real world the images at 200mm all looked excellent in my opinion.

That is about it for this e-mount lens review, but I will be adding the HD Video review version asap, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back in a few days if it’s not up by the time you read this πŸ˜‰

Thanks as always for checking out my Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens review, and I really hope you got what you were looking for. Please feel free to ask questions and/or comment below as always. You support is also greatly appreciated! Jay

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Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens review
My Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens Review | Real World Perspective
Fantastic Image Quality and Telephoto Range
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens is an awesome lens bottom line. With the f/4 constant aperture it offers a lighter weight and more affordable alternative to the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM Lens. Build quality and image quality are excellent in my opinion, and I highly recommend this lens if in the market for a 70-200mm range.
Bang For The Buck
90
Feature Set
95
Build Quality and Design
95
Ergonomics
95
Auto Focus System
95
Usability
95
Video Quality
90
Overall Image quality
96
Lens Distortion Control
94
Overall Optical Quality
95
Low Light Performance
85
Fun Factor
95
Reader Rating0 Votes
0
Pros
excellent real world image quality
pro grade build quality and feature set
optical stabilization works great
Cons
a little bit softer at f/4
a fairly large and heavy lens
a bit on the expensive side
93
Pro Grade Full Frame E-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens

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