Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II A-mount lens review by momech
|momech#11293 date: Aug-5-2013|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||70-400 G version 1|
|price paid:||2200 US|
|positive:||Sharp to 400mm|
Sharp wide open
Excellent AF speed
|negative:||Flimsy lens hood|
Can't access zoom ring with hood reversed
|comment:||As others have already mentioned, the AF speed is much better, and there's less hunting compared to version 1. That's the important stuff. |
Can't see any difference in IQ despite the new coatings but I've only had it a few days.
As far as my score of 4 on the build rating: I suppose there's a design reason for locating the zoom ring where you can't get at it with the hood reversed, but it's cost me a few shots when things happened fast. Changing this would have required an extensive redesign which I know wasn't going to happen, but I still don't like it. OTOH they could have easily reinforced that cheap lens hood, and they didn't.
And, of course, Sony ditched the silver and cinnabar, looks like a proper G lens now.