Screws, screws and more screws: Sony dismantles and explains their 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens


posted Monday, August 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT


I'm a big fan of teardown videos. It's always really neat to see what's inside of photography gear, and get a glimpse at how these pieces of equipment work. Sony themselves are fans of dismantling things too, it seems, as they have opted to take one of their $2,200 FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lenses apart for our viewing entertainment.

In the video below, you can see a Sony professional dismantle the zoom lens. The theme of the deconstruction process? Screws. There are many of them holding all of the pieces of this lens together. We also get a look at the relatively small bit of electronics that controls the lens itself. As we see the technician work, it becomes clear why this somewhat small piece of gear weighs nearly two pounds. There is no wasted space, it's a very densely-packed optic.

As it turns out, the 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is as much a Russian nesting doll as it is a lens, but I don't want to share all of the fun details in the video below, so be sure to check it out for yourself!

If you're interested in more Sony teardowns, Roger Cicala of LensRentals disassembled a Sony A7R in 2014 and offered us great insight into the inner workings of our 2013 Camera of the Year.

For more information on the 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens, including links to buy one for yourself -- hopefully for capturing photos, rather than for an expensive deconstruction project -- check out our overview of the lens.

(Seen via Sony Alpha Rumors