- Sep 10, 2013
- Virginia, USA
- Real Name
Thanks Nick. Actually, while I really liked the performance of the 70-200/2.8GM, the weight was an issue. It is HEAVY! Other than my "Beast" legacy manual focus Vivitar 120-600mm, I've never used a heavier lens for a prolonged period. I weighed the combination of the A7II w/ battery grip (and 2 batteries) plus the 70-200GM (using the tried and true "weigh myself w/o the camera and then with the camera" method), and it weighed about 4.5 pounds (sorry, I think and deal in foot-pounds, not gram-meters). Heavy indeed. I checked specs online and Ken Rockwell lists it at 54.5 oz. / 1545g, which seems to correspond to the official Sony weight of 52.21 oz (without tripod mount). I'm sure the tripod mount likely weighs at least 2 oz., so I'll take Ken's measurements as with the tripod mount. At 54.5 oz., that's almost 3-1/2 pounds.
Basically, it's not a walkaround, handhold type of lens (you're not using this thing for casual street photography). I chose to mount it on my Manfrotto compact monopod at the event in order to brace the combination as I shot. That worked well. All of that said, I do think it is manageable overall, but it could be tiring over a few hours... like at a wedding (which I've never shot... yet).
P.S. - BTW, I found the battery grip to be invaluable for handling with this lens. Just sayin'....