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

reviewer#11256 date: Jul-16-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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
Minolta 85 1.4
price paid:550 EUR (new)
positive:Sharp at 70mm (but not tack sharp)
Amazing colors
Good bokeh
AF-D on A99 (although I don't really use it much)
Looks great with the petal hood
negative:Not sharp wide opened at 300mm but gets better stopped down (although you lose the bokeh)
comment:Miles ahead of my old Minolta 75-300.
Wanted something light to replace it that I could take with me everywhere but with pro quality, this was a no brainer. It's still heavy, but not excessively.
Great quality overall, the zoom felt a bit too long on the A700 but it's great on the A99.
The micro contrast and colors are amazing, it's the G glass magic I suppose.
Now one bad thing about it: if once fell from a very low height inside a protective case and stopped focusing. Sony in the UK was rubbish so had it fixed in Portugal, no questions asked as it was still in the warranty. Good Sony service in Portugal, bad resistance to falls and knocks for a professional graded lens - or any lens for that matter!
Otherwise the build is the best of all the plastic lenses I have.
If you've got one, treat it like a newborn!

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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