Tested: Which Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Is Better?

Sony’s well-loved 70-200mm f2.8 workhorse lens is getting a makeover. Announced on Oct. 13, the Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II has a number of improvements, including upgraded autofocus, an aperture ring, and improved optics. But, Sony says that the original lens isn’t going anywhere, at least not yet. So what’s the difference between the two lenses? Is the Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II worth the higher price point?

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Improved and Really Fantastic: Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Review

As other manufacturers have only recently introduced their first 70-200mm mirrorless workhorses, Sony is upgrading the five-year-old 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS. And Sony-tographers are going to be pleased. The Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II has a Mark II in the name, but many of the updates feel more significant than that. The lens is significantly lighter and the autofocus now has four motors and a lower close-up limit. Oh, and there’s a dedicated aperture ring too.

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Beautiful, Yet Gigantic: Panasonic 70-200mm F2.8 Lumix S Pro Review

The 70-200mm f2.8 is revered among photographers for its versatile yet bright design. The mid-to-telephoto workhorse, however, is often heavy. The Panasonic 70-200mm f2.8 Lumix S Pro is the epitome of both the category’s versatility and weight. With up to seven stops of stabilization when combined with in-body stabilization, the lens delivers steady shots even at the telephoto end. But, at almost 3.5 pounds, it’s also heavier than mirrorless options from Canon, Sony, and Nikon.

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5 Great 70-200mm F2.8 Lenses That Will Make Your Portrait Shoots Easier

User friendly and versatile, these 70-200mm f2.8 zooms can make your portrait sessions easier.

Prime lenses are usually the go-to options when it comes to portrait photography. Primes offer faster aperture speeds than zooms, and they can be sharper due to less complicated designs. However, they aren’t as versatile as a good zoom. Also, constantly switching out lenses to achieve different looks can become a chore. This is where 70-200mm f2.8 zooms come into play in the portrait arena. 70-200mm zooms cover four loved portrait focal lengths. 85mm, 90mm, 105mm, and 135mm. You can switch between these focal lengths in a matter of seconds. Of course, you can even zoom past them too on to 200mm, where these zoom lenses will offer an incredible amount of compression and glorious bokeh. At f2.8, you give up speed over primes, but you gain versatility and a simplified workflow. Check out five of our favorite 70-200mm f2.8 zooms after the break.

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Astonishing Images, Finally Focused: Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR S Review

The bokeh on the Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S is delicious, but the autofocus lags.

The 70-200mm f2.8 lens is meant to be a workhorse lens that can move seamlessly from one genre to the next. Now, Nikon has brought that workhorse to the Z mount system. The Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S is a $2,600 lens that boasts closer autofocus and lighter weight than competing lenses. And, as the name suggests, it pairs a lens stabilization system with the in-body system on many Z bodies.

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Looking for a 70-200mm Lens? We Like These, and You Will Too!

If you’re looking for glass that will have your back in multiple scenarios, take a closer look at 70-200mm lenses.

There are a few types of lenses that can be considered multi-tools thanks to them hitting the sweet spot(s) when it comes to focal ranges. Lenses in the 15-30mm range are great for multiple genres of photography from landscapes to environmental portraits, 35mm lenses are Goldilocks lenses great for just about everything, and the last multi-tool lens are 70-200mm lenses. Whether you shoot landscapes, portraits, events, weddings, sports, documentary photography, or you’re a photojournalist, the 70-200mm is one lens that should be part of your kit. After the break, we will share some 70-200mm lenses that will have your back no matter what.

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Deal Alert: Nikon Lens Rebates on Many of the Top Favorites

If you’ve always been looking to get your hands on some affordable Nikon glass, then now is the time to look at these pretty amazing Nikon Lens Rebates. Lots of the company’s lenses are being sold off at really low prices right now and if you’ve always want some of them but couldn’t afford them, then now is the time to get some of that glass.

We’ve got the full roundup after the jump.

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The Best Budget Lenses For Documentary and Photojournalists

While photojournalists (at least those with full-time paid gigs) are a dying breed, the idea of documentary photography and photojournalism, in general, is stronger than ever. More and more people are taking to the streets to document protests and atrocities happening across the world on a daily basis.

In general, documentary photographers and photojournalists can be pretty hard on their gear. They are out in the elements, with gear getting snow, rain, and even blood on them. Gear hits the ground hard or bangs off walls as the photographer needs to get out of the way of danger. So what are some good budget lenses for photojournalists that are still versatile but can also take a decent beating? Have a look at our picks below for some recommendations.

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Sony Introduces the a6300 and Three New High End Lenses

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Today at a major press conference, Sony introduced the long awaited and highly rumored successor to the Sony A6000. Not called the A6100, the new Sony a6300 is a camera that the company is touting to have even better performance than the previous one with faster shooting frame rates, further improved autofocus, etc.

But the even more exciting announcement involves the company’s newest lenses. Sony announced a 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, and an 85mm f1.4 lens in the FE (full frame E) mount and also classified them as their own high end brand called the G Master series. This will essentially be like Canon’s L equivalent and is designated by the brushed metal G logo on the lenses.

More details and specs from the press releases are after the jump.

The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Standard Zoom and 85mm F1.4 GM Telephoto prime lenses will be available in March for about $2,200 and $1,800, respectively. In Canada, they will be sold for $2,900 CA and $2,400 CA, respectively. The new 70-200mm F2.8 GM Telephoto Zoom Lens and its compatible 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters will be available in May. Pricing is not yet available for these models. The new G Master Series of interchangeable lenses will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

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Tamron Will Fix Your Lens in Three Business Days

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Lots of third party lens manufacturers are ramping up their services as of late. And in an extremely interesting move just made by Tamron, the company is now promising a three business day return on a repair of your lens. As long as the lens is received by 12PM EST (because the company is based on Long Island, NY) it will adhere to this announcement. According to them, “Lenses under warranty (Tamron USA offers a 6-year limited warranty on its photographic lenses) are repaired and shipped back to the customer within three business days. Out of warranty lenses are repaired and shipped back within three business days of the customer’s approval of the repair estimate.”

For a customer, this is great news. It has taken me sometimes more than a week for some of my other items to come back like flashes–granted those are from other companies.

Tamron’s quality is also quite stellar. Check out our reviews of their new 90mm f2.8 VC and their 70-200mm f2.8 VC.