The Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II lens was announced this week, and those who have been lucky enough to test it out have been posting their images on social media. The new lens delivers industry-leading autofocus as well as outstanding image quality with high resolution and clarity, so it’s no surprise why so many wanted to try it out and show their results to the world. We’ve gathered up a few of those posts so you can see what they’ve been capturing with the new lens. See how these photographers have paired the new Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II lens with cameras like the Sony Alpha 1 to produce incredible results.
This week we feature a group of photographers who have been lucky enough to get their hands on the new Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II. See the images they’ve posted taken with the new lens.
Miguel Quiles – @miguelquilesjr
Professional portrait photographer and Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles was an early tester for the lens, and he paired it with the Sony Alpha 1 to capture a number of stunning portraits like the one below. He was blown away by its performance and sharpness, and explained more about how he’s using it in his What’s In My Bag LIVE replay HERE. Under his portrait post below you can watch another video where he talks through five major advancements found in the new lens.
Mike Meyers – @mmeyers76
Street and cityscape photographer Mike Meyers of the Alpha Collective also had the chance to test the new Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II lens. He paired it with the Sony Alpha 1 and hit the streets of Chicago to see what he could capture, snapping this beauty of the Buckingham Fountain. He says the f/2.8 maximum aperture is extremely important for him and his photography because he’s able to keep shutter speeds higher. “The bokeh I was able to get at f/2.8, especially at longer focal lengths, was impressive." Read more of his thoughts and see more of the first images he took with the lens HERE.
Matt Kloskowski – @mattkloskowski
Nature and wildlife photographer Matt Kloskowski tested the new 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II lens by taking it through about 10 bird photography outings on the beach and even on a boat. While the Sony Artisan says he wouldn’t normally bring a 70-200 for bird photography, he had fun getting a mix of close up bird photos with a little more habitat or landscape around them like in the shots below. He found the aperture ring on the lens to be an unexpected plus for his bird photography because he would have to stop shooting to change apertures before with a different lens. “But with the aperture ring, I can adjust aperture with my lens holding hand and still keep shooting. This was something I never knew I wanted, but found incredibly helpful.”
Ryan Mense – @ryanmense
Ryan Mense is a photographer and writer of gear reviews for PetaPixel. He had the opportunity to test out the new Sony 70-200m f/2.8 G Master II lens and paired it with the Sony Alpha 7R III to capture a variety of bird and nature images like the one below. In his review he touches on the impressive autofocus found in the new lens. “... it may be the primary reason to buy the 70-200mm GM II. It’s blazing fast. The new lens uses four XD linear motors and Sony clocked it as four times as fast as the original. I believe it. The moment I knew this was the real deal is when I put on a 2x teleconverter and there was absolutely no change in its ability to instantly focus point-A to point-B on anything, anywhere.”
Javier Letosa – @javierletosa
Spain-based photographer and videographer Javier Letosa reviews photo gear for his YouTube Channel. He was able to try the new Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II lens for some fast action photography capturing dirtbikes. He coupled the lens with the Sony Alpha 1 for the best possible optics, and the resulting images are in his post below – shot at 1/32000-sec.