Sony AF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM A-mount lens review by whisperer
|whisperer#11256 date: Jul-16-2013
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|I own this lens
Minolta 85 1.4
|550 EUR (new)
|Sharp at 70mm (but not tack sharp)
AF-D on A99 (although I don't really use it much)
Looks great with the petal hood
|Not sharp wide opened at 300mm but gets better stopped down (although you lose the bokeh)
|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!