When Sony announced the G Master lineup last year (they’re Sony’s top of the line lenses – similar to Canon’s L II series lenses, but a little sharper), I knew I had to get them…but then I saw the price tags for each:
Sony FE 24-70 f/2.8 GM ($2,200)
Sony FE 85 f/1.4 GM ($1,800)
Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM ($2,600)
If you felt a drip of sweat and caught yourself saying, “wow…” – you’re not alone.
These might be some of the sharpest and the most high tech lenses on the market today, but due to their price, they’re also out of reach for most amateur (even prosumers) photographers.
I eventually resigned them to “unobtanium” status like Leica cameras.
That changed however…out of sheer luck, when I happened to find an open-box 24-70 f/2.8 GM at my local Best Buy for a “mere” $1,500 ($1,400 if you include some discount codes I’ve been saving to use one day).
I was fucking ecstatic…
Telling you that I’ve seen the light (pun intended) would be an understatement. After a couple of months of using the 24-70 GM (Photos: Examples), I can easily say that this lens was worth every penny (especially at the price I got it for).
So the 24-70 GM was amazing, but what about the current topic in hand?
Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS
When the 70-200 GM was released, it was extremely hard to find in stock (even to rent) due to the complicated nature of building these lenses from the factory.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that these have been out of stock for over 6-8 months since their original release last year.
It was like trying to find the new killer toy coming out during the holiday season and the only way to get one was to stalk the shit out of your local and online stores.
It was that bad…
Not like I can afford it either, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to at least try it out.
Fast forward a year, I was finally able to rent one from the good people at LensRentals.com for a couple of days for my company’s charity golf tournament this past weekend.
Paired with my Sony A7II + the VGC2EM battery grip, I put the lens to work and pulled these images that day:
More Photos: Flickr
Enjoy the photos as I try to figure out how to buy this lens…