Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II


Product Highlights

  • Premium G Master standard zoom lens.
  • Four original high-thrust XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors ensure outstanding AF performance.
  • 5 aspherical elements including 2 XA types plus 2 ED and 2 Super ED glass elements for high resolution.
  • Deep, creamy F2.8 bokeh throughout the zoom range plus excellent close-up performance.
  • Dust and moisture resistant design ensures optimum reliability and performance in any situation.
$3,028.00 (inc GST)


Next-Generation G Master Standard Zoom

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM is an updated “holy trinity” standard zoom, packing evolved optics and AF performance into a convenient, compact, lightweight zoom design that offers maximum mobility for both stills and movies. It is an ideal match for high-performance compact α system bodies, and will cover a wide range of shooting situations.

High Resolution Rivals the Best Primes1

Excellent contrast at high spatial frequencies means superb resolution even at F2.8. Two high-precision XA (extreme aspherical) elements, two ED (Extra-low dispersion) glass elements, two Super ED glass elements, and a floating focus mechanism control chromatic aberration, astigmatism, distortion, and coma at all zoom and aperture settings. Nano AR Coating II subdues flare and ghosting for outstanding clarity.

Stunning G Master Bokeh

Exquisite F2.8 bokeh extends throughout the zoom range thanks to advanced optical design and a new 11-blade aperture unit. Bokeh is enhanced by precise control of spherical aberration during design and for each lens during manufacture. Two XA elements with 0.01-micron precision suppress onion ring bokeh. Minimum focusing distance is 0.21 meters at 24 mm and 0.30 meters at 70 mm, with max. magnification of 0.32x.

The Most Compact, Lightweight2, and Versatile in its Class

The smallest and lightest2 F2.8 24-70mm zoom in its class, this lens offers unprecedented flexibility and freedom. It weighs just 695 grams, 191 grams less than the previous model. Its length has been reduced by 16 mm, and overall volume has been reduced by approximately 18%. Impressive portability and mobility make it a good choice for professional or enthusiast still or movie use in a wide range of situations.

Fast, Precise AF and Excellent Response

Four of Sony’s original XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors, a floating focus mechanism, and advanced lens control achieve high AF precision and approximately 2x better tracking performance while zooming than the previous model3. With a compatible body, it can shoot at up to 30 frames per second4. The new aperture unit also contributes to high speed, enabling full AF tracking performance even when shooting with the aperture stopped down5.

Excellent Control and Reliability in any Environment

An updated dust and moisture resistant design6 provides extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions, and a fluorine coating keeps the front element clean. Convenient operation of circular polarizing and variable ND filters (optional) is provided by a special opening in the supplied lens hood. Two customizable focus hold buttons are provided for easy access and convenient control when shooting in any orientation.

Movie Features Refined for Visual Creators

The latest lens design technology reduces unwanted image shifts and angle of view variations for smooth, expressive movie imagery. XD Linear Motors enhance AF and tracking performance, enabling high frame rate recording for exquisite detail. Independent focus and aperture rings are provided, and Linear Response MF ensures direct, linear focus ring response when focusing manually.

Minimal Flare and Ghosting

Nano AR Coating II technology produces a uniform anti-reflection coating on lens surfaces, effectively subduing flare and ghosting. The lens’s design suppresses internal reflections that can reduce clarity when shooting landscapes, sports, and a variety of other subjects. Excellent clarity is also an advantage for live streaming and similar events.

Excellent Close-Up Performance

Minimum focusing distance is 0.21 meters at 24 mm and 0.30 meters at 70 mm, with maximum magnification of 0.32x. Deep bokeh at F2.8 is great for close ups. Floating focus ensures ideal sharpness throughout the zoom range and at all focusing distances, while inner focus enables impressive close-up stills or movies where space is limited.

Natural, Linear Manual Focus Response

Linear Response MF ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually. It also provides precise repeatability. Focus ring rotation translates directly to a corresponding change in focus, so control feels immediate and precise when shooting stills or movies.

Smooth, Quiet AF for Movies

Focus is critical for slow motion, 4K, or 8K movies. With α-series bodies this lens reliably acquires focus and smoothly tracks moving subjects. Its four XD Linear Motors and advanced control technology achieve extraordinarily precise AF. Subjects are smoothly tracked, making it possible to leave focusing entirely to the camera.

Customizable Focus Hold Buttons

Two customizable focus hold buttons are provided for easy access and convenient control when shooting in horizontal or vertical orientation, and just about any angle. An alternative function can be assigned to the focus hold buttons from the body menus.

Zoom Smoothness Switch

Zoom ring torque can be adjusted via a two-position switch. With the switch in the Tight position the barrel won’t extend unexpectedly during transportation or when the lens used on a tripod. The Smooth position provides light zoom operation for flexible, responsive shooting while also making it easy to produce smooth slow zoom for movies.

Aperture Click and Iris Lock Switches

An aperture ring provides direct, rapid control. The aperture ring click stops can be turned ON to provide tactile feedback when shooting stills, or OFF for smooth, silent control when shooting movies. There is also an iris lock switch that prevents the aperture ring from being accidentally moved between the [A] and F2.8 ~ F22 settings.

Lens Hood with Filter Window

The supplied lens hood features an opening that allows convenient operation of circular polarizing and variable ND filters.

Fluorine Front Element Coating

The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants, while making it easier to wipe off any contaminants or fingerprints that do become attached to the lens surface.

Lens Configuration

G Master series lenses take imaging and expression to previously unattainable levels with a stunning blend of extremely high resolution and softly dissolving background bokeh.

[1] Extreme aspherical lens (XA) lens
[2] Aspherical lens
[3] Super ED glass
[4] ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass

MTF Chart

MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) describes how well a lens can reproduce fine details, measured as the degree of contrast achieved between finely spaced lines.

[1] Contrast (%)
[2] Distance from optical center of lens (mm)
[3] Max. aperture
[4] F8 aperture
[5] Spatial frequency
[6] 10 line pairs / mm
[7] 30 line pairs / mm
[8] Radial values
[9] Tangential values

Lens Control

1. Focusing Ring
2. Focus Hold Button
3. Zooming Ring
4. Aperture Ring
5. Focus Mode Switch
6. Iris Switch
7. Aperture Click Switch
8. Zoom Smoothness Switch

1 Sony Survey.

2 As of April 2022 product announcement, compared to full-frame autofocus 24-70mm f/2.8 standard zoom lenses. Sony Survey.

3 Sony test, compared to SEL2470GM.

4 “Hi+” continuous shooting mode. Effective at 1/125 sec. or higher shutter speed. In AF-C mode at shutter speeds of 1/250 sec. or higher the maximum continuous frame rate will depend on the shooting mode.

5 With a compatible camera and the camera’s [Aperture Drive in AF] parameter set to [Focus Priority]. See Sony’s support page on the web for camera compatibility info.

6 Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

What's in the box?

  • 1 x Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II
  • 1 x Lens Hood (ALC-SH168)
  • 1 x Lens Front Cap (ALC-F82S)
  • 1 x Lens Rear Cap (ALC-R1EM)
  • 1 x Soft Case
  • 1 x Case Strap
  • Mount
  • Sony E-Mount
  • Format
  • 35mm Full Frame
  • Focal Length
  • 24-70mm (Full-Frame) / 36-105mm (35mm / APS-C)
  • Lens Elements Groups
  • 15-20
  • Angle Of View
  • 84°-34° (35mm) / 61°-23°1 (APS-C)

  • Maximum Aperture
  • f/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture
  • f/22
  • Aperture Blades
  • 11
  • Circular Aperture
  • Yes
  • Minimum Focusing Distance
  • 0.21m (W) - 0.3m (T)

  • Max. Magnification (x)
  • 0.32x
  • Filter Diameter
  • 82mm
  • Image Stabilization
  • Body-Integrated (SteadyShot)

  • Zoom System
  • Manual
  • Lens Hood
  • Petal Shape, Bayonet Type (Included)
  • Dimensions
  • 87.8mm (D) x 119.9mm (L)
  • Weight
  • 695g
  • Footnotes
  • 1 With interchangeable-lens digital camera incorporating APS-C type image sensors.

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