New arrival, first shots: Sony FE 70-200/4 G

Hm. Browsing my own orphan blog, I realise I should have posted sooo much during the last half year. The Sony A7r arrived at my home, my three Contarex lenses were used on it with great success, the native Sony FE Zeiss 35/2.8 lens arrived sending the Contarex 35/2 back to the shelf (which, in the long term, is good for its cosmetics, at least!), an Olympus OM Zuiko 24/2.8 arrived as a surprisingly nice and cheap compact wide-angle lens, and finally there came the new Sony telephoto FE 70-200/4 G.

So, right now I’ve got these two native FE-mount lenses and an assorted bunch of old Zeiss Contarex and Olympus OM glass to go with my Sony A7r:

Sony A7r with 35/2.8 and 70-200/4
Sony A7r with 35/2.8 and 70-200/4

The 70-200 looks massive but, with 840 grams, it just has the standard size of all those comparable modern 70-200/4 zoom lenses. Anyway, it’s probably less than half the weight of the mightly classic Zeiss Contarex Vario-Sonnar 85-250/4. :) The hood and tripod collar, of course, are included, and the lens features fully internal zooming and focusing mechanisms.

Sony A7r with 35/2.8 and 70-200/4
Sony A7r with 35/2.8 and 70-200/4

I can’t comment too much about AF and especially stabiliser performance. I suspect that the lens has some issues at some shutter speeds when mounted on the A7r body with its fully mechanical (and not really quiet and smooth-operating) shutter. Anyway, most of my first shots – shown below – were taken at night, the lens mounted on a tripod, and they came out perfectly well, so enjoy!

Eifelwall, Cologne.
Eifelwall, Cologne. (at 70 mm, f/5.6)
Styrofoam graffiti.
Styrofoam graffiti. (at 122mm, f/4)
The Lego window.
The Lego window. (98mm, f/8)
Blurred green.
Blurred green. (200 mm, f/4)
Rheinauhafen, Cologne.
Rheinauhafen, Cologne. (70mm, f/9)
Leaves. (150 mm, f/8)

For pixel peepers, here are two of the above shots in full size, developed with Lightroom with the default “landscape” sharpening setting (sharpening 40, radius 0.8). Please respect copyright:





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