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    Posted: 01 December 2021 at 11:35
I wanted to go into the lens cupboard and start a new series.
This time I picked the now long discontinued Sony 70 - 400 G.
I take it out put it through some paces and just rediscover this old beauty.

https://youtu.be/5YVgRRj3w6g
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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2021 at 12:23
When I was suffering from GAS this lens was on my wanted list. I enjoyed the Youtube video.

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Do you have those pictures to share here?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fivepin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2021 at 13:13
Hey Addy I would love to share pictures here. Except as we all know that unless you are hosting your images somewhere else we can no longer upload direct. I have not hosted my own site in a long time. I don't do facebook anymore either so. If you watch the video there are lots of images in the video.
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There are nice pictures in the video. TFS!
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Sorry Addy, I never got into flckr either...

Too Old School I guess...

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Hi Gary,

Not typically a 'gear video reviewer' but I took the plunge and enjoyed this one from you! I think you pretty much nailed the overall feeling I have about this lens (I too have a 'Mk 1'; bought second hand I'm glad to say!) and, especially, the build / image quality combination.

It's interesting you used it on a non-alpha body and that just seems to amplify the size of it - how does that affect the overall handling of the camera as much as the lens, or is that just something you've gotten used to over time?

Shame about the image posting though - some really nice shots in there, especially the barns and buildings etc. Hope you've managed some snow by now!

Take care out in the cold and best regards, Neil.
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Gary,

Thanks for the video. I fell in love with that leans years ago. I dug deep and deep and paid a lot of money for it ($2100). I only swallowed hard once at the price. It is still my go-to lens for most wildlife, it is that good.

You are using it with an Laea5 adapter. How does that work compared to a native A mount body?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fivepin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2021 at 16:12
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Compared to a native body it works phenomenal. Touch screen focus is nice. No loss of speed...and the best part is that on both my a6600 and a7r3 I can use my kenko 1.4x tc and it will autofocus and does so very quickly.

The old a99 was never as good to me with this lens. Lots of refocus image issues. compose focus. hold focus..recompose and shoot lead to a lot of oof shots...
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Fun to watch Gary. Thanks.
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Originally posted by Fivepin Fivepin wrote:

Touch screen focus is nice.
I hate touch to focus

Some people complain about the LA-EA3 (and EA5?) being not good enough, but I think it works just fine. Like you show.
It is a likable lens on the A99m2 - but still heavy, so I use my 70-350G on my A6400. The 70-350G probably is a sharper lens anyway.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 December 2021 at 13:10
I am still using A-mount and hanker after a good long lens so this beast is obviously under consideration. Does anyone have experience of both versions? Does one take significantly better shots than the other?

It is encouraging to read that someone is enjoying it on E-mount as a move in that direction appears inevitable at some point in my future.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 December 2021 at 14:06
Take a look at the reviews of the mark II here on Dyxum as several people used both there - it seems the biggest difference is the G2 is quicker to focus and it is white.

The G1 is fine to follow focus if it gets into focus, but it is not the quickest to get it in my experience.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fivepin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 December 2021 at 14:23
Hey Phil, I still use all my old A mount stuff.. Still own an A99 and an a77ii. Those bodies don't get used to much as all of the lens work as good and some better on the new e mount bodies. Sony did a really good job with the la ea3 for motorized lenses...the laea5 is just as good with those...and it adds full functionality for the screwdrive lenses with touch focus and full phase detect focusing. So in many cases the old screw stuff now works even better as you have hundreds of focus points instead of a dozen in the center.

As for your long lens I would highly recommend the Tamron 150 - 600 G2. It works phenomenally on both a and e mount. I have put a few videos here in the past...it really is lightning quick. Faster than the 70 - 400 G. And as good of quality with a smoother bokeh right out to 600...mine is very sharp right through the whole range. Of course it is bigger and pricier than the 70 - 400 G...but you can find it in the used market for $1300 canadian give or take...
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