Today I’m taking a look at one of the first FE lenses released for the system, the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS. Until the recent announcement of the new G Master 70-200mm f/2.8, this lens was the only option for a native telephoto zoom lens for full-frame E-Mount. It fills the classic telephoto zoom range that is a staple of many photographers’ kits, and the constant f/4 aperture strikes a balance between speed and compactness. This lens is one of Sony’s ‘G’ series lenses, which are intended for high-end glass, so my expectations are fairly high for the lens. Let’s take a look.
Construction and Handling
The FE 70-200mm f/4 is billed as a pro-grade lens, and as you’d expect, the build quality is on a very high level. The lens body is constructed of a mix of high quality plastics and metals, and the result is a solidly built lens that isn’t overly heavy. The lens is similar in size to 70-200mm f/4 lenses for DSLRs, as is expected: the benefits of a short flange distance are lost once you get into the telephoto range. The FE 70-200mm has very smoothly operating zoom and focus rings that are well damped and feel great to use. The included lens collar and white plastic lens hood are also well-built and fit the lens well. In short, there’s nothing to complain about here.
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