Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master review

The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is Sony’s range-topping standard zoom for its mirrorless Alpha cameras

5 Star Rating
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Stellar image quality, super-fast autofocus and refined handling make this one of the finest standard zooms on the market. Fully pro-grade construction gives the lens a robust feel, with extensive weather-seals incorporated in the design. It’s a top performer in all respects, but is expensive to buy and a weighty proposition for slimline mirrorless Alpha bodies.


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    Superb image quality

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    High-speed autofocus

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    Robust build quality


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    Fairly big and hefty

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    Expensive to buy

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    No optical stabilization

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The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM occupies the middle ground in Sony’s trinity G Master f/2.8 zoom line-up, flanked by the similarly impressive FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lenses. As such, it has an f/2.8 aperture rating that remains constant throughout the aperture range and top-end construction, along with a weighty build and price tag.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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