Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II lens review: second update to pro-oriented G-series super-telephoto prime

By Kevin Carter - Monday, July 01, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Sony 300mm F2.8 G II image quality evaluation | Sony 300mm F2.8 G II vs competition | Conclusion

In the lead up to Photokina 2012, Sony announced a revised version of their 300mm f/2.8G SSM adding Nano AR coating and full AF compatibility with the firm’s flagship full-frame Sony SLT Alpha 99.  Read on to see how well this newly updated lens performs on their new top-of-the-range camera.

As the second most expensive and second longest fixed focal length lens in Sony’s line-up, the 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II has been updated to include Nano AR coating, enhanced weatherproofing, and an overhaul of the ultrasonic-type (SSM) adding object tracking during video capture with the hybrid AF system of the Sony SLT A99 (including the 102 AF point phase detection system). The $7,498 price seems rather high given the optical design remains unchanged with 3 ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements out of a total 13 in 12 groups, and the fact that savings must be made from not having image stabilization (it’s not required as SLT cameras adopt a stabilized sensor platform).

Sony 300mm F2.8 G II image quality evaluation

Sony 300mm F2.8 G II vs competition

Conclusion