Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II A-mount lens review by MartinM

reviewer#11272 date: Jul-27-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Sony 70-400 G1
Canon 100-400 L
Canon 70-300 L
price paid:1800 CHF (new)
positive:- SSM
- Fast AF
- IQ
- Sharpness
negative:- No weather sealing
- Zoom creep
- White hood
- Halo effect
comment:This is a very nice lens. I had the Mark I and it was a very sharp lens. This one now adds the AF speed.

Still not solved is the zoom creep when the lens is hanging downwards as there is no zoom lock, not there was a weather sealing added.

Works well with the LA-EA4 on my A7r / A7s

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 21
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.48
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.62
  • overall: 4.65 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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