Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G-Series a (Alpha) Mount Digital SLR Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood

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About Sony 70-200mm

• Cover a broad range of frequent telephoto shooting situations with the Sony SAL-70200G. Its range makes it ideal for long-distance sports and wildlife photography.

A precision zoom lens with bright aperture and fast, quiet auto-focus response.

• Specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager of the Sony® a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this superb G-Series zoom lens covers a broad range of frequent telephoto shooting situations.

• Its 35mm-equivalent range of 105-300mm zooming, fast f/2.8 aperture and quiet, high-speed SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) auto-focus precision makes it ideal for long-distance sports and wildlife photography.

The Sony 70-200mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Sony 70-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sony 70-200mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 70-200mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (17),Consistent output (10),Strong construction (10),Durable (8),Nice bokeh (7),Rugged (7),Easily interchangeable (5)
Heavy (8)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (8),Sports/action (8),Wildlife photos (8),Weddings (5),Low light (4),Video (3),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (6),Enthusiast (3),Photo enthusiast (3)

Sony 70-200mm Features

  • SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor):
  • A built-in lens motor for faster automatic focusing with high torque at low speed, quick start/stop response, and quiet, smooth operation.
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass:
  • Four precision ED Glass lenses correct chromatic aberrations and deliver visually accurate results even at full telephoto zoom extension.
  • Internal Focusing System:
  • Internal lens elements move, so the overall length does not change, creating azoom lens that focuses more quickly and doesn't affect the balance of your camera.
  • 2 DMF (Direct Manual Focus) Modes:
  • Allow you to quickly revert to manual focus by just turning the manual focus ring of the lens.
  • Versatile Focus Hold:
  • Three focus hold buttons in different lens locations, plus electronic slider focus range selector switch.

Sony 70-200mm Specifications

G Series 70-200mm f/2.8 G Telephoto Zoom
SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) for fast auto-focus
2 DMF (Direct Manual Focus) Modes
4 ED Glass Elements for greater visual accuracy

Fast Internal Focusing -- lens length does not change
Versatile focus hold with 3 buttons on lens
Electronic slider focus range selector switch
Focal Length

35mm Equivalent: 70 - 200 mm
APS: 105 - 300 mm
Angle of View

35mm Equivalent: 34 deg - 12 deg 30'
APS: 23 deg - 8 deg
Min Focus Distance
4 ft (1.2 m)
Aperture Maximum
Aperture Minimum
Maximum Magnification
Lens Construction
19 elements in 16 groups with 9 aperture blades
Filter Diameter
77 mm
Lens Dimensions
3-1/2" x 7-3/4" (87 mm x 196.5 mm)
Lens Weight
2 lb 15.3 oz (1.34 kg)
Mfr #

Sony 70-200mm Reviews

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(based on 14 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Using the Sony 70-200mm in the Field

Took this beast with me on a trip out West and it was terrific for its intended purpose. I was able to photograph animals and waterfalls perfectly and the results were really sharp and beautiful. The focusing motor is so quiet, you sometimes look down at the lens to see if its really working. It is a bit heavy but well worth it. Saw several of them on other Sonys but also Canon.

Reviewed by 14 customers

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Incredible lens


from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Hoard all your nickels, dimes, and quarters. Do everything necessary to get this lens. You simply get what you pay for and this lens is worth the expense. The first picture I snapped with this lens on my a77 made my jaw hit the ground. I mounted it on my a77 and pulled it up to capture a low light shot of my daughter without giving any thought, just wanted a quick pic. No flash, in a huge hurry, very low light....WOW! She looked like she was about to walk right out of the photo. Thanks to a hard drive crash a few days later, I lost all of those great photos (now I back up immediately.) The lens is heavy, which is exactly what you should expect from such a large piece of equipment. Solid build, great feel in manual focus without creep, handy focus limiter, and a decent lens hood.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens!!


from Charleston, SC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Have used it 4 times. Great shots very nice even Bokeh. Less expensive than others pro lens. Very sharp With a77 gives a 300mm 2.8 effective. Great for short to medium distance wildlife. Great for grand kids. Can stay far enough back to capture natural shots without a flash. Highly recommend.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


My favorite lens


from Jolon, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

My favorite lens, pictures are sharp and clear. The lens is constructed very well and operates very smoothly. Well worth the expense.


Great fast lens


from St Louis MO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great lens, you will keep this lens for a long time. It not everyday lens since it's heavy but it really make different when you using it.


Gorgeous Lens!


from Auburn,WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have been using sony for 5 years. This lens is one of the best lens in sony lenses family. Due to its internal focus system, it gives you the opportunity to get more close with the subject smoothly and quietly.


Worth every penny


from oklahoma  -  Photo Enthusiast

Excellent bird pictures.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens, [...]


from Bedford, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a two part review - first, the lens is worth every penny. Very stout and fast. I don't think that its weight should be considered a con. It's to be expected of a lens of this construction and size. Bokeh is silky smooth, focus is fast and quiet, but that's all been said before here. Any owner will love this lens.[...]

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great quality


from Norton, Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens can provide a photographer for what they are looking for. It has a silent focus motor and focuses quickly where you need it.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Sony Lens [...]


from St Pete Beach  -  Casual Photographer

Not a lot of use so far.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens


from East Windsor, CT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great lens, awesome IQ, Fast. My only problem has been with the focus range switch which is easily moved out of position while holding the lens.


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