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Sony SEL70200G FE 70-200mm f/4

Telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras

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Our take on the Sony SEL70200G FE 70-200mm f/4

Nature enthusiasts and sports fans alike will appreciate the exceptional optics and performance of this compact, lightweight 70-200mm telephoto lens. Sony's anti-reflective coating and six specialized lens elements reduce distortion and aberrations for outstanding high-resolution images, while a nine-blade circular aperture gives you a smoothly defocused background when shooting wide open.

Ultimate control, accurate results

Nature enthusiasts and sports fans alike will appreciate the exceptional optics and performance of this compact, lightweight 70-200mm telephoto lens. Sony's anti-reflective coating and six specialized lens elements reduce distortion and aberrations for outstanding high-resolution images, while a nine-blade circular aperture gives you a smoothly defocused background when shooting wide open.

Great photos anywhere, anytime, rain or shine

Great for outdoor photography in any season, the lens's dust- and moisture-resistant construction means that if the weather takes a turn, you won't have to pack it in until you're ready. Its focal range and f/4 maximum aperture let you play up your subject by compressing and blurring the background, making it an excellent choice for portraits and close-ups. The maximum aperture remains constant across the entire zoom range, so you'll get consistently well-exposed photos without having to change your exposure values as you adjust focal length.

Stay focused on important details

Sony's quiet dual linear motors ensure fast, precise focus for smooth video rendering and responsiveness during continuous still shooting. Range limiter controls let you restrict the focal range, preventing accidental focus on foreground elements and minimizing time spent "hunting" for focus so you won't miss your shot. Once you've acquired your target, the focus hold button lets you lock the focus where you want it.

Keep it steady

Sony's optical image stabilization works in two ways to give you crisp photos and smooth videos in all kinds of different scenes and lighting conditions. Option one ensures sharp handheld images at longer focal lengths, slower shutter speeds, or in low light. Option two is a panning mode switch that compensates for subjects moving horizontally across the image plane.

Product Highlights:

  • lens type: E-mount full frame (FE)
  • compatible with Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 70-200mm with full-frame sensor cameras
    • 105-300mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • constant f/4 maximum aperture for consistent low-light performance throughout zoom range
  • Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization for crisp handheld images
  • Nano AR anti-reflective coating effectively counteracts flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color
  • dust- and moisture-resistant
  • 2 ED (extra-low dispersion), 1 Super ED, 1 aspherical and 2 advanced aspherical lens elements for better sharpness and contrast
  • internal focusing design maintains overall lens length during focusing for greater consistency and faster performance
  • minimum focus distance: 39.3"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 21 elements in 15 groups
  • 9-blade circular aperture for natural rendering of out-of-focus background elements
  • range limiter controls for fast, accurate focusing
  • focus hold button for added control
  • removable tripod collar for added stability
  • filter/attachment size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-3/16" in diameter and 6-15/16" long
  • weight: 29.7 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens caps, lens case

What's in the Box:

  • White FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS lens (SEL70200G)
  • 72mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • E-mount rear lens cap (installed)
  • Tripod mounting collar (installed)
  • ALC-SH133 Lens hood
  • Storage pouch
  • Operating Instructions (3 copies in multiple languages)
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Limited Warranty (US)

Sony SEL70200G FE 70-200mm f/4 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Love It

JoelR from New York on 4/5/2015

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My Favorite FE lens so far. It's very sharp - maybe the sharpest zoom I have and it's build quality seems to be excellent. I took off one star because of its size and weight. I know that may seem crazy to some... I should have known what I was buying but I mis-judged both size and weight. Despite that, I've managed to take the lens with me EVERYWHERE since getting it. I find it useful in the city for closeups of facades and architectural details. There is some distortion when shooting straight lines like doors and windows but this is easily corrected in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw (lens profile is provided by Adobe in both).

Pros: Solid Build, External Switches including OSS and AF, Sharp lens

Cons: Weight and Size, External Switches (also a Pro) can be a con because I've accidentally switched OSS off a few times while handling the lens removing it from my camera bag


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Optics: The Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS (SEL70200G) telephoto zoom lens is compatible with the Sony α interchangeable lens cameras with the E-mount. It cannot be used on a camera with the Sony A-mount. The lens has a focal length of 70-200mm with 35mm full frame cameras like the A7 (ILCE7 and 7R), and 105-300mm on NEX-series cameras with APS-C-sized image sensors. The lens features an aluminum alloy barrel, and comes with the ALC-SH133 lens hood, tripod-mount collar, front and rear lens caps, and a storage pouch.

Sony G Lens: Sony's G lenses are designed and manufactured to the highest standards of optical performance. The SEL70200G lens utilizes original Sony technologies to achieve superb clarity and sharpness to maximize the performance of Sony's advanced imaging sensors and camera systems.

Optical Steady Shot (OSS): The SEL70200G has built-in Optical Steady Shot (OSS) lens stabilization. When mounted to a compatible camera, Optical Steady Shot can compensate for camera shake to prevent blurred images, especially when zoomed in all the way, or in low light situations. Gyro sensors built into the lens can detect even the slightest movement and compensate for any image blur that might occur. There are two Shake Compensation modes: Mode 1 compensates for normal camera shake, while Mode 2 compensates for camera shake when panning (left-right or right-left). The shake compensation is equivalent to 4 stops.

Internal Focusing: The FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS lens features internal focusing. Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Internal focusing helps you achieve fast auto focusing. Because the front of the lens does not rotate, using a polarizing filter is more convenient.

Focus-mode Switch: The lens features a focus-mode switch that allows you to switch between AF (auto-focus) and MF (manual-focus). For auto-focus photography, both the lens and the camera need to be set to AF. For manual-focus, either or both the camera or the lens should be set to MF.

Focus Hold Buttons: Three Focus Hold buttons are provided between the focus and zoom rings. When shooting in AF mode, pressing and holding a focus hold button will cancel auto-focusing, allowing you to release the shutter at a fixed focus. When you release the button and press the shutter button again to start auto-focusing.

Focus Range Limiter: The SEL70200G lens has a focal length range of 70mm to 200mm. The Focus Range Limiter can save you time during AF operation, preventing the lens from "hunting" through the entire focusing range. When the Focus Range Limiter is engaged, the lens will only focus between 9.8' (3m) and infinity.

Tripod Mounting Collar: When using a tripod, the included tripod mounting collar lets you attach the tripod to the lens instead of the camera, providing much better balance. When the collar locking knob is loosened, you can quickly and easily switch between vertical and horizontal shooting by simply rotating the camera in either direction. Collar indexes (gray dots) are provided at 90° intervals to accurately indicate vertical and horizontal positions.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the bayonet-type ALC-SH133 lens hood to prevent stray light from entering the lens causing lens flare. When installed, the lens hood adds about 2.7" to the overall length of the lens. When shooting with external flash, you should remove the lens hood to prevent shadows at the bottom of the picture.


Lens FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
Focal Length (35mm) 70-200mm
APS-C Equivalent 105-300mm
Lens Construction 21 elements in 15 groups, including 2 advanced aspheric, 1 aspheric, 1 super-ED, and 2 ED lens elements
Maximum Magnification 0.13x
Angle of View 34°-12° (35mm)
22°-8° (APS-C)
Minimum Focus 3.28'-4.93' (AF)
3.28'-4.43' (MF)
Filter Diameter 72mm
Aperture Range f/4 maximum
f/22 minimum
Aperture Type 9-blade circular
Weight 29.7 ounces
Dimensions Diameter=3.148", Length=7.105" (7.583" w/lens caps)

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