A hallmark of the G Master line is outstanding optical performance with both high sharpness and smooth bokeh. Using a new design, the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II promises corner-to-corner sharpness across the entire zoom range—even when shooting wide open at f/2.8. Along with that, a newly designed 11-blade aperture helps create soft, pleasing bokeh.
Among the biggest improvements with the 70-200mm II is a vastly superior
autofocus system. Now comprised of 4 XD Linear motors, the lens now
performs up to four times faster. Focus tracking while zooming sees its
own specific improvement of around 30% when compared to the previous
model. Users will also enjoy high-speed continuous shooting at up to 30
fps with AF and video will benefit from the near-silent operation.
An advanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system will ensure sharp images while shooting handheld at even the longest focal lengths. Multiple modes are available, including standard, panning, and a new Mode 3 for moving subjects.
Being designed for professional use, the 70-200mm II has been ruggedized
with advanced weather sealing. The weight has also been reduced by
approximately 29%, to just under 2.3 lb, making this model among the
lightest in its class. Optics have also been designed for balance with
an internal zoom mechanism, minimizing front heaviness to provide a more
ergonomic center of gravity.
Other features of the physical design include three programmable focus hold buttons, all located in 90-degree increments, for more tactile control over select settings in both landscape and portrait orientation. Users also have a removable tripod foot for added stability on support systems.