Sony AF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM A-mount lens review by shadowfax001

reviewer#11118 date: May-15-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300
price paid:799 USD
positive:Overall sharpness
Very nice colors/contrast
Focal Range
No too heavy
Focus hold button
negative:Build quality (e.g. very plasticky)
Rather "slow" lens
No access window on lens hood
Value at retail price
comment:In good lighting this lens take beautiful shots on an A99. For example, a trip to the zoo and a beautiful summer's day will turn out nice pix (e.g. good colors, sharp) of animals, people, and flowers. Does not seem as sharp as the Sony's 70-400g — a lens that I no longer own. I'm not sure if it's head-over-tails better than Sony's much cheaper 75-300 economy telephoto. A $999 asking price, new seems a bit steep for a lens that is rather plasticky in nature and includes a lens hood with no access window (e.g. adjusting a polarizer). I'd feel better if this lens was priced at around $850.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 168
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.25
  • distortion: 4.78
  • flare control: 4.78
  • overall: 4.66 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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