The 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is the second generation standard zoom in Sony’s ‘G Master’ lens series and part of what many photographers consider to be the ‘holy trinity’ of zoom lenses. It’s also the 67th lens in the company’s mirrorless E-mount series. Sony says it designed this lens for both photo and video applications, particularly with hybrid content creators in mind, and we’ll see evidence of that as we take a closer look.
In addition to improved optical performance, what’s most notable about the new lens may be its size. Sony claims it’s the smallest and lightest F2.8 standard zoom lens on the market (meaning 24-70mm F2.8 zooms). It’s 22% lighter than its predecessor, 14% lighter than Nikon’s Nikkor Z 24–70mm F2.8 lens, 16% lighter than Sigma’s 24–70mm F2.8 DG DN lens and 23% lighter than Canon’s RF 24–70mm F2.8 L IS USM lens.
Let’s take a closer look at Sony’s newest lens and see what it offers.