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

reviewer#16322 date: Jul-20-2015
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:Tamron 70-300 usd
price paid:660€ new
positive:Very sharp, great colors, no flare, speed.
negative:Build quality (for a G lens), weatherproofing.
comment:Great lens, not as sharp or fast as the 70-200 G, but has more reach and your kit will not need tripod-monopod support. Because many users here and in dpreview suggest the Tamron equivalent, I tried it before buying and it goes nowhere near the Sony. Focusing speed is much slower, tracking speed is light-years behind. Sharpness, color and flare are also worse in Tamron. Get the Tamron if you are on a Budget but do not be fooled that you bought the same thing paying half price.
A77ii users will not believe the combo outcome, particularly when shooting fast moving subjects.

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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