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Post Options Post Options   Quote marc-104 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2013 at 22:49
Got. One in belgium ! Will arrive tomorrow by ups
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Post Options Post Options   Quote TimonW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2013 at 02:58
Got one too...will see how it goes and will report in!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Shader7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 July 2013 at 00:35
I'm very anxious to see G2 shots @ long focal lengths highlighting bokeh as I know it can be particularly donut-like or "ringy" on the G1. Trying to make the decision between the two lenses!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Amateur Sony Shooter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 July 2013 at 02:03
I have a loaner 70-400G II for weeks now, I tested it along with my original version. Aside from 20% or so real life AF speed boost the new lens is pretty much same as old one. If anything, the old one might be tinny bit sharper, the new one MIGHT BE tinny bit smoother in bokeh. Bottom line to me (or anyone has original one): unless you care about video AF speed (G II is much faster), just keep the original one. The difference in AF speed is marginal the image quality is certainly dead even (to my eyes).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote travelshots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 July 2013 at 02:56
Originally posted by Amateur Sony Shooter Amateur Sony Shooter wrote:

just keep the original one. The difference in AF speed is marginal

I agree. I tried the II version three weeks ago in comparison to the old one (both lenses in parallel mounted on two A99). Maybe AF of the new one was slightly snappier and faster, but I couldn't recognise a huge difference in photo mode. I did not compare the optical performance, because it is the same design and just the coating of two elements differs.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Thkpic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 July 2013 at 20:57
DxOmark just did a review on their website. Shockingly it didn't really perform much better in sharpness and transmittion as the 70-300 sony! I find this hard to believe, but they tested it on multiple bodies as well. I think the advertised increase in speed sounds better than it really is as well. Say it isn't so! I want this lens as I'm shooting with a minolta 500 f8 and I'm very limited. What I really want to see is this stacked up against the minolta 300 2.8 with a 1.4 tele. Lets be honest, many of us are looking at if from this angle.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote MartinM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 July 2013 at 20:42
I had the Minolta 300 2.8 and I sold it because it suffered from CA/PF. The 70-400 G II is faster AF and is lightweight in comparison to the Minolta 300/2.8.

It is not 2.8. of course. For for my purpose it is good enough.

Sharp, it is. But my Canon 70-200L IS USM Mark II is better.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote duchamp Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 August 2013 at 04:24
Really great photos.
Excuse my ignorance but what the "D" stands for in AF-D?
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Originally posted by duchamp duchamp wrote:

Really great photos.
Excuse my ignorance but what the "D" stands for in AF-D?
Thanks.


I'll answer only I've never experienced it! AF-D is the new AF mode the A99 supports using on-sensor AF pixels. It works only with the lenses the firmware on the A99 (and later cameras) is programmed for otherwise it's useless. The list is growing but probably will never include legacy Minolta glass.

There's lots of info but an interesting thread is here http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/50157679

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 August 2013 at 08:18
Originally posted by duchamp duchamp wrote:

Really great photos.
Excuse my ignorance but what the "D" stands for in AF-D?
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http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-slt-a99/11
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Post Options Post Options   Quote duchamp Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 August 2013 at 16:19
Thanks for your answers, Mstaben and Rex.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote happyjack Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 August 2013 at 07:49
Woohoo - got myself the GII to replace the GI and now just waiting on a gimbal head.
In the meantime here are some shots from the last few days - still getting the hang of it;
1 Pale Headed Rosella


2 Sulphur crested Cockatoo


3 Rainbow Lorikeet


4 Lewin's Honeyeater - but that's not honey in it's beak.


5 Blue Faced Honeyeater


6 Cocckie bif


7 Water dragon
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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 August 2013 at 09:53
Good to see Howard. Not sure about the focus in #5. The rest have great colour, sharpness and bokeh (except #6).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dqniel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 August 2013 at 16:24
Incredible clarity from this lens. Also great to see them move away from the silver color of the previous lens. Silver didn't necessarily look bad, but I definitely prefer a white or black lense on a black body.
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