Sony AF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM A-mount lens review by tekwizard
|tekwizard#44233 date: Mar-9-2019|
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|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
- 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.