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| p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · FE 70-200/2.8 GM: Sharpest and best low-light zoom we’ve tested |
This entire discussion about the 70-200 GM reminds me of the 90 Macro last year. Sony optimized that lens to perform its best at shorter/macro distances, while being a bit less impressive at infinity. Depending on use/test environment/level of fanboyism, I remember plenty of people complaining about the performance at infinity back then.
I get the idea behind stress-testing lenses at infinity, but sometimes I wonder whether we myself included focus to much on that data point.
My suggestion would be to do both or at least, it would be interesting to do both for this particular lens and compare the results. One is the "stress test", where we set the lens at hard infinity stop. Well, this particular test has been done already. And the other one, in which the lens is set at a more "normal shooting distance", whatever it is considered normal for this lens, like 8-10 feet or so. By comparing the two results, we should be able to get to the bottom of this burning question.