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

reviewer#11335 date: Sep-12-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 DG APO
Tokina 75-300 (push-pull)
price paid:750 AUD (new)
positive:relatively lightweight
image quality
negative:zoom creep (though not too bad)
comment:My first "G" lens, purchased after wasting money on inferior 70-300 zooms. A very impressive lens, although not sure it rates the "G" moniker due to it's plastic, albeit quality, build. I eventually purchased both a 70-200 G & 70-400 G which rendered this lens pretty much redundant so I sold it. I do miss it's compactness and relatively light weight, though. Impressive colours and image quality, I have no hesitation in recommending this quality, mid-range zoom.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 168
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.25
  • distortion: 4.78
  • flare control: 4.79
  • overall: 4.66 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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