Sony 500mm F4 G SSM A-mount lens review by rajneesh
|rajneesh#26579 date: May-9-2016|
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|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 600 f4 HS|
Minolta 400 f4.5 HS
|positive:||Fast and accurate focus|
Solid feel though build not comparable to the Minolta 600 f4
|negative:||Heavy (Comparable Canon with IS is lighter), those 300gms are telling if you have to carry it for long or try to take handheld shots|
And most importantly way too expensive. It's cheaper to jump ship and get fully kitted than buy this lens. Dunno what Sony was thinking when deciding on the pricing. Probably trying to dissuade people from buying the lens
|comment:||I got an opportunity to try this lens over 2 weeks using it with the 77II and the A99. Good combo with the 77 mark II producing great images but still IMO not the best lenses available to the A mount shooters for the following reasons|
1. Its weight means that most people would not be able to carry it all day or use for handheld shots. The Canon 500 with IS is 300gms lighter does pass the muster. You need to carry the beast with a tripod or a monopod. So if you are willing to sacrifice a little bit of focal length and focusing speed the Minolta f4.5 does ensure that you get a shot.
2. The image quality is good but still cannot beat the Minolta 600 f4 (which since you are carrying a tripod) somewhat neautralises the additional weight factor.
3. Sony's pricing ensures that it doesn't feature in most peoples buying list. If Sony wants to push their brand in the highly lucrative Sports and Wildlife market they need to price competitively.
I would buy it if it were 500gms lighter and priced realistically, so currently I would stick to the older Minoltas