Opticallimits examined the lens and concluded:
The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is a optimistic shock on this lens class. To be sincere – yours really has by no means been a fan of “quick” customary zoom lenses. The reality is that they aren’t quick by the prime lens requirements on this vary in any respect, the zoom vary is reasonably restricted and on prime of that, the entire bundle had the scale and weight of a brick. Plus the insane price ticket. And several other members of the species aren’t even overly stellar when it comes to optical efficiency. At the least a few of these counterarguments not apply to the brand new Sony lens. At lower than 700g, it’s in the identical weight class as your common 24-105mm f/4. And the cream on the cappuccino is a superb sharpness at most settings. The outcomes are simply nice at 24mm and 40mm and nonetheless fairly spectacular at 70mm. The vignetting, distortion and CA figures are about typical for a lens on this class and often nothing to fret about due to auto-correction anyway. The standard of the bokeh is fairly good for the standard zoom lens – particularly when in comparison with its predecessor. In vital scenes, it’s possible you’ll spot some LoCAs but it surely isn’t overly pronounced not less than. The weakest facet of the Sony lens is flare which may get freaky in troublesome scenes thus it’s additionally a good suggestion to go away the lens hood connected throughout taking pictures.
Whilst you may suppose that the construct high quality suffered because of the weight financial savings, we will’t verify this actually. Regardless of utilizing extra plastics, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II nonetheless seems like a professional-grade device. It’s removed from the plasticky really feel of your common Tamron lens for example. Sony utilized its ordinary set of extra GM-class goodness. The lens is sealed towards mud and moisture – and the fluorine-coated entrance factor ought to assist on this respect as nicely. There are additionally two focus cease buttons and a devoted aperture ring. The latter can be set into clickless mode for motion pictures. Moreover, you may management the friction of the zoom mechanism. The excessive friction mode must also stop zoom creeping. Sony has been utilizing XD linear motors for focusing for some time now however this time they included a minimum of 4 of them. Regardless of the quantity of glass to be shifted round, the AF velocity is exceedingly quick and, after all, silent. In-lens picture stabilization isn’t supplied however then most trendy Sony cameras can do that for you anyway.
General, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is a powerful piece of kit and not less than in the interim, it’s again on the prime of the meals chain. Extremely advisable!