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

reviewer#44233 date: Mar-9-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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
- Sony 70-400 G
- Minolta 300 2.8 HS
- Minolta 200 2.8 HS
- Beercan
- Tamron 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II
price paid:800 Eur (new)
positive:- small and light
- well corrected
- focus limiter and focus hold button
- quite sharp until 180mm
negative:- not sharper than a good copy of the beercan
- at 300mm just acceptably sharp
comment:I bought this lens to have more reach then with my Tamron 55-200mm and was quite happy with it for a while, until I got some of the other lenses for comparison.

The positive: The lens is sharp in the lower focal lengths and the build is good. It easily beats the Tamron 70-300 USD in all focal lenghts. It also is a good combination with the Sony 16-50 2.8 SSM.

The negative: At 300mm it is just acceptable and . The Sony 70-400, the Minolta 300 2.8 and the Minolta 200 2.8 with teleconverter are all singificantly sharper but maybe that comparison is a bit unfair.
It is not sharper at >120mm than the Beercan but doesn't have the "magic"of the Beercan. However, it also doesn't have the CAs of the Beercan.

I am bringing this lens with me when I want to travel light but need more reach, otherwise I prefer the Beercan.

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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