Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens | Sample Images

A collection of high-resolution sample photos taken with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-Mount Lens designed for Sony full-frame cameras.

Here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken using the Sony FE 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 GM zoom lens. I’m sharing them here in the hope they might be helpful to others who are curious about how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

First, a quick overview: The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens is an E-mount lens designed for Sony’s full-frame cameras. It has an aperture range of ƒ/2.8 to ƒ/22 (with apertures constant throughout the zoom range), a 9-blade circular diaphragm, two aspherical and one XA elements, and is ruggedized with dust- and moisture-resistant construction. It’s one of the lenses in Sony’s G Master series of high-end lenses that work especially well on the Alpha series of cameras.

The 24-70mm performs very well in lab tests, but I wanted to see how that translated into real-world shooting. So I shot some photos to try it out, mounting it on a Sony a7iii body.

I’ll be posting a more in-depth review soon, but in the meantime here’s a collection of sample images. I’ve tried to include in this selection a range of subjects, apertures, focal lengths, and lighting conditions in the hope it gives at least some kind of representative idea of how it performs for general travel photography (even though I was shooting these close to home).

These were all shot in RAW, and most of them have only been very lightly processed in Lightroom. For nearly all of them, I haven’t applied any extra sharpening or lens profile corrections such as fixing chromatic aberration (there’s basically none to fix, anyway). There are a few exceptions, mostly noted in the captions.

Sample Photos Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens

You can find the aperture each was taken with in the captions below each photo. If you’d like a closer look, you can click on each of the images to open a full-size version.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 29 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

I’ve done a little more processing on this one, including adding the slight vignetting at the top corners–that’s not something coming from the lens. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 31 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 30 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 49 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

You can see the distinctive starburst on the lights at ƒ/16. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 44 mm at ƒ / 16 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Zoomed out to 24mm. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Zoomed in to 70mm. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

This is of a tank, not taken underwater. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 52 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

You can see some barrel distortion with the curved lines. The lens profile corrections in Lightroom do a nice job of correcting for it (this version is uncorrected). Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 52 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 37 mm at ƒ / 4.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 65 mm at ƒ / 4.0 on a Sony a7iii.

It’s not a macro lens, but the minimum focusing distance is quite short at 1.24 feet (38 cm). Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 61 mm at ƒ / 4.0 on a Sony a7iii.

You can see some of the bowing of the verticals here, but it’s pretty easily fixed using lens profile corrections in post-processing tools such as Lightroom or DxO. This version is uncorrected. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 5.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Although it’s not a macro lens, you can still get quite close to subjects. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

This shot isn’t as sharp as it could be, but that was user error. I was testing at ISOs and pushed the shutter speed too low for a hand-held shot. But I’ve included it anyway as a test of chromatic aberration in the high-contrast edges of the windows. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 40 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

As you zoom out, the lens distortion becomes more noticeable. But again it’s fairly easily fixed. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 46 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

There’s a little lens distortion at 70mm, as you can see in the curved lines near the edges, but it’s easily fixed in something like Lightroom, Photoshop, or DxO. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

I often shoot variations of this shot to test for chromatic aberration in the sharp, high-contrast lines of the windows running along the left and right. There’s no CA here to speak of. I haven’t applied in CA correction here (or other lens corrections, for that matter). Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 28 mm at ƒ / 3.5 on a Sony a7iii.

Checking the edges for sharpness and chromatic aberration. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 3.5 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 30 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 46 mm at ƒ / 5.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 68 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 58 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

This old oil painting has its own distinctive texture, so it’s not something being applied by the lens. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 69 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 37 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 14 on a Sony a7iii.

Even wide open at ƒ/2.8, it’s impressively sharp. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 30 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 41 mm at ƒ / 3.5 on a Sony a7iii.

No flaring issues. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 27 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 4.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 57 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

You can see some softness in the tree branches at far left, but it’s still reasonably good compared to many other lenses.

Just a general shot to look at sharpness across the frame at ƒ/8 in bright conditions. There’s some softness at the edges, but overall it’s very sharp. Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 48 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 60 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 57 mm at ƒ / 5.6 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 24 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 2.8 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 70 mm at ƒ / 4.5 on a Sony a7iii.

Taken with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-mount zoom lens at 44 mm at ƒ / 8.0 on a Sony a7iii.

Price and Where to Find the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens

The Sony FE 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 GM zoom lens retails for around $2200, and you can find them at B&H Photo.

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