Sony’s brand-new zoom lens reveals it still has the edge on Canon and Nikon

The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens on a grey background

( Image credit: Sony)

Sony’s mirrorless video cameras had a huge head-start on their Canon and Nikon competitors– and its brand-new zoom lens is a pointer that it still holds the edge on those 2 giants when it concerns glass.

Canon and Nikon have actually succeeded to boost the lens varies for their RF and Z-mount electronic cameras, which just got here in2018 They respectively now have 26 and 27 lenses readily available for their mirrorless cams, even if a number of those lenses run out stock. Both business likewise let you adjust lenses produced their older DSLRs.

But Sony’s brand-new FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 G Master II, and the E-Mount lineup it’s part of, reveals that Canon and Nikon are still playing catch-up. This brand-new mid-range zoom is another elegant addition to its ‘G Master’ lineup, which are its top-range professional lenses. And tellingly, it’s a second-generation follow-up to the initial lens Sony introduced back in 2016.

Canon and Nikon have unrivaled heritage when it pertains to DSLR lenses, however neither is yet at the phase of making refined follows up to their full-frame mirrorless lenses. The FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 G Master II is the tiniest and lightest f/2.8 G Master lens in its variety. And with this launch, that variety of E-mount lenses now stands at an outstanding 67 lenses.

Of course, it isn’t simply a numbers video game, and a few of those lenses do require upgrading. We’ve been bowled over by the quality of Sony’s current G Master lenses, from the Sony FE 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM OSS II to the Sony FE 50 mm f/1.2 GM, which we stated, “sets a brand-new standard for speed and optical quality”. And this brand-new mid-range zoom, while likewise unquestionably pricey at $2,300/ ₤ 2,099(around AU$ 3,700), assures to follow in their steps.

If you missed out on the statement, the FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 G Master II weighs just 695 g– that’s 22% less than its predecessor and significantly lighter than its Canon, Nikon, and Sigma equivalents. The style likewise guarantees to provide some tasty bokeh and be perfect for video shooters, thanks to the addition of 4 XD Linear motors for quick, peaceful autofocus and a helpful zoom ‘smoothness’ switch to fine-tune the zoom ring’s torque.

Other bonus offers consist of a ‘drifting focus’ system to assist manage typical problems like chromatic aberration and a fluorine finishing to keep wetness at bay. We’ll wait to check the FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 G Master II prior to reaching any company conclusions, however on paper, it’s forming up to be the very best lens of its kind for pictures and video.

The E-mount household it slots into likewise stays an action ahead of Canon and Nikon, in spite of some vibrant pronouncements from those 2 heavyweights about their mirrorless lens strategies.

Analysis: Canon and Nikon in Sony’s slipstream

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art lens on a grey background

Sony electronic cameras take advantage of a broad choice of third-party lenses, like the Sigma 24-70 mm F2.8 DG DN Art– which is a more budget friendly option to Sony’s brand-new lens. ( Image credit: Sigma)

Sony’s lens lead over Canon and Nikon isn’t too unexpected when you consider it released its very first full-frame mirrorless cam back in 2013– a complete 5 years prior to its competitors. Canon and Nikon have not assisted themselves by being resistant to opening up their RF and Z installs to third-party makers.

In its quote to interfere with the cam world, Sony let the similarity Sigma, Tamron and Zeiss make autofocus-equipped lenses for its E-mount. This suggests Sony electronic camera owners now have a big variety of mirrorless lenses to select from– and it’s a cake that Sony is gladly embellishing with outstanding productions of its own like the brand-new FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 G Master II.

This is why Canon and Nikon have actually just recently made some strong pronouncements about their mirrorless video camera lens roadmaps. Canon just recently specified that it prepares to preserve its rate of launching 8 brand-new RF lenses annually for the next 4 years, while a couple of weeks ago Nikon guaranteed in a strategy that it’ll be making 22 more Z-mount lenses by 2025.

Those are vibrant declarations that, in spite of some unavoidable pandemic-related downturn, must see both video camera giants begin to overtake Sony in regards to large numbers. Especially if they begin to open their installs to third-party makers, like Fujifilm has just recently.

But for now, lenses like the FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 G Master II reveal that Sony does not plan to let its lead slip– and the quality of those lenses must be a great match for whatever video cameras it had actually prepared for 2022, like the reported Sony A7R V.

Mark Wilson

Mark is the Cameras Editor at TechRadar. Having actually operated in tech journalism for a ridiculous 17 years, Mark is now trying to break the world record for the variety of cam bags hoarded by someone. He was formerly Cameras Editor at Trusted Reviews, Acting editor on, along with Features editor and Reviews editor on Stuff publication. As a freelancer, he’s added to titles consisting of The Sunday Times, FourFourTwo and Arena. And in a previous life, he likewise won the Daily Telegraph’s Young Sportswriter of the Year. That was prior to he found the odd happiness of getting up at 4am for a picture shoot in London’s Square Mile.

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