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

reviewer#11375 date: Oct-8-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Tamron 70-300 Di LD
Minolta 75-300
Minolta 100-300
Minolta 400 f4.5
price paid:500 USD (used)
positive:Sharp (get soft at the long end but much more than expected)
Colors (Not Minolta good but Sony good)
Fast and quiet focus
Battery hog (My first SSM lens so compared to non-SSM lens)
Plastic build (for the cost)
Clumsy hood

comment:This lens was never on my list, looked too plasticky to justify the G label. Was saving for a 70-200 for shooting Mammals but then there was one available cheap and I picked it on impulse. I finally ended up using it for Herps also as the range makes up for the MFD.
And have not regretted it. Its got a plastic body but feels sturdy and well built, not like the longer Minolta primes but decently so.
The image quality is excellent and far beyond my expectations, one quality that justifies the G label. The image is decently sharp even when fully open and stopping down a couple of stops improves it further. Colors are pleasing. The manual focusing is excellent and there is the DMF, joy to use.
By far the best lens I have used in this range, only question one would needs to ask if its worth the price.

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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