Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 15   
reviewer#44038 date: Mar-25-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200mm f2.8G
Minolta 70-210 f4
Minolta 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM
price paid:cashback
positive:Relatively small
Relatively light (about the same size and weight as the Minolta 200mm f2.8 G)
Good performance from 70-135mm with good drawing style
OSS
Fast silent focusing
negative:Softens from 135-200mm, with least good performance at 200mm, with some softening and veiling.
comment:I use this lens for indoor event work, mostly on APS-C 24Mp for extra "reach". I use it almost exclusively at f4.

Focusing is fast and reliable on A6x00 bodies, and OSS works well.

Performance in the 70-135mm range is truly lovely. It is not a "sharp" lens - it has lots of resolution, but tends to render in a style more similar to older Minolta G lenses, where sharpness is not exaggerated by contrast. Rendering and drawing style is very nice. It's prime quality.

Unfortunately, from abut 135mm onwards the performance slowly dips all the way to 200mm. There is some veiling and softening of the image which takes the edge off resolution, and I don't think the outer field of the image is as good as the centre (although hard to judge from my photos).

I certainly would not say it's sharp at all focal lengths and apertures, but performance is mostly very good to excellent. It also makes a good portrait lens at f4, with a pleasant style and relatively gentle roll off from focus to out of focus, without being unpleasantly sharp (not always a good lens quality for portraits)
reviewer#44035 date: Mar-20-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-200 f2.8
price paid:SEK10990(about 1338$
positive:Perfekt with the a7RII with battery grip as a walkabout etc.
Much sharper than the Minolta 70-200 f2.8, but ok it's an older lens, on par with the Sony FE 24-105 f4.
negative:Lenshood: Kind of narrow, forget a 77mm and step-down to 72mm, and no hatch for adjustable filters.
New info: Even a 72mm adjustable filter will not be able to fit with the hood on, and more of if you attach this type of filter you can't attach the hood.
comment:Lovely lens.
reviewer#36810 date: Apr-2-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP 70-200/2.8 XR Di
Tokina AT-X 828 Pto 80-200/2.8
Minolta 70-210/4 beercan
Sony E 55-210/4.5-6.3
price paid:850€
positive:build quality
light
OSS
SSM
negative:was waiting for a faster AF
comment:I have had this lens for a few days
It feel a lot better balanced on the A7 with its grip than the LA-EA4 + the tamron 70-200/2.8 or the minolta 70-210/4 beercan

up to know IQ seems impressive
AF is accurate but I was waiting for fater AF on A7. On A6000 it is much faster (my impression)

I need to use it more for a more precise feedback
reviewer#36799 date: Mar-26-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 Beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Size/weight ratio is perfect. Not bulky at all.
negative:Nothing
comment:Great value zoomlens.
reviewer#27607 date: Jun-13-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 55-200, Sigma 70-300
price paid:£1000
positive:Quiet and accurate AF. Size and weight. Stabilization. Image quality.
negative:Could be cheaper, then so could all camera kit.
comment:Only just got this lens and not had much chance to shoot with it, that said what I have seen so far puts a smile on my face. Yes it could be faster, but then it would be bigger and heavier. I shoot mainly landscapes so f4 is fine. AF seems to work great, considering it's mounted on A7R mkI.
Hand held I was able to get clear shots on an overcast day, not seeing shutter shock show it's head.
Will add to review once i've had chance to use more.
reviewer#15252 date: May-20-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- FE 28-70
- Minolta AF 70-210/4 (beercan)
- Minolta AF 200/2.8
price paid:1100 USD (new)
positive:- sharpness (excellent except for 200mm @f/4 - "only" very good)
- buld quality
- color rendition
- AF speed (in normal to good conditions)
- AF accuracy (almost 100% hits)
- little aberrations and distortion
- OSS
negative:- AF in low light (hunts, but if it locks on subject, it's always where it should be)
- a little too big for the A7I, fits well on A7II
- pity the MFD is a bit too big
comment:First of all, I was surprised by the AF accuracy. I wasn't sure of achieving exact focus with neither of FE lenses I had a chance to use (55/1.8, 28-70, 35/2.8 - this one was close). This lens is really very accurate and quite fast in at least normal conditions. Silent.
Image quality is far beyond the famous beercan. It's sharper at all focal lengths, has a lot less CA and a much better flare control. Minolta 200/2.8 is a little bit sharper but produces a lot more CA.
Build quality is excellent. It feels very solid, zoom and focusing rings move smoothly. A lot of buttons - AF/MF, focusing limiter, stabilization controls etc. Does not extend while zooming nor focusing, filter does not rotate neither. Weathersealed.
Strange thing - the max maginifcation is achieved around 175mm, not at 200mm (the MFD is smaller at 175mm).
My favourite FE lens so far, I like it more to the 55/1.8 due to focusing accuracy.
reviewer#12203 date: Mar-23-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 70-200 F2.8 A-Mount, 300mmG Mk2 F2.8.
price paid:£1214
positive:Sharpest zoom lens I have ever known, light, small, cheap.
negative:None
comment:I own this lens, With the A7R I have used it on and off tripod, and at all shutter speeds, with and without Steady shot. I have not had one photograph with any trace of shutter shock.
I use my 300mmG mk2 F2.8 with a LA-EA3 adaptor, and the Image quality compares with the SEL 70-200F4.
With 36mp and soon to be 50mp,Modern lenses are a must, and for a Zoom they do not come better than this. I am a Kingfisher photographer and the detail and sharpness of this lens in unsurpassed. aswillis.com
reviewer#12180 date: Mar-11-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-200/2.8 G
price paid:890 USD (new)
positive:- Color
- Weight
- Focusing speed
negative:- Hood is a bit big
comment:Color from new generation of Sony G lens is more natural compared to A mount G lens.
This is the one of the factor to lead me to switch from A mount to E mount.
Hood is a bit big and my bad need to reserve more space for it.
reviewer#12059 date: Dec-12-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-200 amount
18-200 e mount
price paid:15,9 million rupiah
positive:Fast af
Sharp
Nice bokeh
negative:None
comment:My favorite lens...just add an af extendion tube, then it become a nice macro lens...
reviewer#12057 date: Dec-9-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-250 DC HSM
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-f5.6
Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
Minolta 50 f1.7
Sony SAM 18-55 kit
Sony SEL 35 f1.8 OSS
price paid:$1499 new
positive:Wow
negative:Heavy, hunts in lower light, very fast in normal to bright conditions.
comment:Not a single regret with this lens.
reviewer#12031 date: Nov-15-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:1200 GBP
positive:+ Super Sharp
+ Rapid and Quiet AF
+ Build Quality
+ Lightweight
negative:
missing
comment:Very nice lens with excellent handling due to its size, weight and AF speed. Sharpness is outstanding and I hope that Sony continue producing optics as good as this is the future.
reviewer#11979 date: Sep-11-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL-70-200G, SAL70-400G2, Canon EF 70-200L IS F4, Canon Ef 70-200L IS II USM F2.8
price paid:new
positive:- Sharpness
- Weathersealing
- Size & weight
- Autofocus
negative:No distance scale
comment:It matches more or less size, sharpness and autofocus speed of the Canon F4 lens. It is not as sharp as the Canon 70-200L IS II USM F2.8. Video recording on A7s is an enjoyment. No noise at all. AF works smoothly.
reviewer#11856 date: Jun-5-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL70200G and SAL70400G2
Directly compared to the SAL's by using the LA-EA4 at equivalent apertures the SEL wins at every aspect.
price paid:€ 1.199
positive:Outstanding solid built quality; weathersealing.
Sharpness across the frame (except >150mm wide open)
Colors and contrast, very nice bokeh
negative:The tripod collar fits not tight enough. When closed it's possible to rotate it. Could become an issue once the lens is being used over a longer time.
comment:When changing from A7R to A7II I decided to buy this lens. There is nothing really critical to rave about. IQ is very good, built quality outstanding and AF is accurate and quite fast however in certain contrast situations quite bitchy meaning doesn't hit on the first attempt. On the short end IS gives up to 4 stops and on the long end 2 stops (probably some can hold more still than I do and may have a stop more).

This lens is not made for usage with the A7R. I thought the "shutter vibration" topic would be overrated, but I could prove by myself it is not.
Handheld it looks much better, but also limited. On the tripod I encountered blur with focal lengths >120mm at almost any speed between 1/30 and 1/320. Although mostly visible at pixel peep level on the screen, however it is there.
My rating is based on my test shots at speeds >1/320s.
reviewer#11847 date: May-24-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:80-200 f/2.8 black
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
negative:Huge lens.
comment:I am aware that telephotos have to be larger than standard lenses. However, this lens doesn't make sense to me, which is why I'm taking off points in the "build" category. If it were MUCH smaller or lighter in comparison to an f/2.8 model I'd probably get it, but it just doesn't save enough weight/size to make it critically more useable. With a telephoto you want short shutter times, and since carrying a 2.8 won't make your pack much heavier I believe they are the better option.
**Edit** Member JamesMD contacted me with some info worthwile to consider: According to his research The Canon equivalent of the lens is 140g lighter but doesn't have a tripodmount/USM. 2.8 Zooms in the range are considerably heavier. However, I maintain the downgrading (the average score I gave the lens is still outstanding) since I find it useless for the shooting conditions I encounter. It is an FE-Lens, and even if it saves a a couple of grams I still don't see much of an advantage over a faster lens. It's much to big to enjoy carrying on trips and IF you are carrying it, you might as well carry a faster zoom or a faster an lighter prime in the range. I doubt this lens will get much use from anyone who intents it for anything else than studio work - and if studio work is what you do, you might actually be better served with an A-Mount setup in the first place. Just my two cents - I still believe I rated the lens fairly for a construction I found underwhelming :)
reviewer#11833 date: May-18-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300mm/4.5-5.6 APO D
Minolta 200mm/2.8 HS G APO
price paid:¥120000
positive:The color is impressive. This lens makes me feel like the old Minolta comes back. The sharpness is very good wide open, and is excellent stop down to f5.6. The lens is built solid, better than the Zeiss series 55/1.8 and 35/2.8.
negative:The only drawback is the weight and the length, but it is common for a premium tele-zoom. The huge hood makes it even bigger.
comment:I personally think this lens is so far the best among the FE lens. The 55/1.8 is razor sharp but the color is not as saturated as this one. The bokeh of this lens is good too, however not that creamy due to the limitation of the aperture. The resolution is excellent and the OSS works very well. This can be referred to my sample picture.
reviews found: 15   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 15
  • sharpness: 4.77
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.93
  • flare control: 4.93
  • overall: 4.90

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