Hands on with the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Next generation 24-70mm lens from Sony

Today Sony introduced a new second-generation pro zoom lens from the GM family – the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II with improvements across the board including better optics, new focus motors, new features and controls, and a smaller and lighter build.

FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II – main featurs

Last year Sony introduced the second generation of its 70-200mm (see our coverage here) and today the company released its sister lens – the second-generation 24-70mm F2.8 GM with most of the same technologies (some of which were also included in the recent 16-35mm f/4.0 PZ FE lens).

So what is new with the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II? The first thing that you will notice is just how smaller the lens is compared to the previous generation (about 10% but it is noticeable) and about 20% lighter as well (just under 700g).

The lens has the same advanced composite build that many of the recent high-end Sony lenses have and it extends just like the previous generation (which is a shame since a non-extending lens would be much more convenient for gimbal work).

The lens has 3 rings – aperture with an auto mode and click/de-click option as well as a lock, and a focus and zoon rings with the zoom including a tension switch for the zoom if you prefer the zoom to be looser or tighter.

It has an AF/MF switch and two programmable buttons and in the front, you will find an 82mm filter thread.

The optical design is new and complex with 20 elements in 15 groups including two XA, Super ED, and 2 ED elements.

One important improvement has to do with close focusing distance. The new lens can focus as close as 21cm (significantly closer than the older version) at 24mm and has a maximum magnification of 1:3.1 which can be very useful for close-up work.

The new lightweight FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II

Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II

FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Specs

Here are the main specs of the new Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens:

  • Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with FF coverage.
  • AF mechanism: two XD motors for AF and another two for zoom.
  • Optical design: 20 elements in 15 groups.
  • Aperture blades: 11.
  • Coatings: fluorine coating.
  • Sealing: dust and moisture resistant.
  • Minimum focus distance: 21cm (@24mm).
  • Macro magnification: 1:.3.1.
  • Filter thread: 82mm.
  • Weight: 790.

Packed with features – FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II


Pricing and availability

When it comes to pricing the lens will start shipping in June 2022 for $2300.

Hand on reviews from around the web

There are already several hands-on reviews of the new Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II:

Chris from DPR on the new Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens

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Sony ambassador Mark Galer with his take on the new 24-70mm II

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Gerald Undone with a Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Review & Comparison

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Photographer Dan Watson on the new Sony lens

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Tony Northrop looking at the Sony 24-70 f2.8 GM II vs. the Canon/Nikon offerings

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Miguel Quiles  with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II – Behind The Scenes Photoshoot

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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