Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II A-mount lens review by Old Pirate
|Old Pirate#11315 date: Aug-20-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron SP 200-500|
|price paid:||$2,195 USD|
|positive:||Color, contrast, AF speed|
|negative:||Lack of zoom lock|
|comment:||My use of a long lens is a replacement in many ways to a gun of my youth. I enjoy the element of "the hunt" when using this lens. I had a Tamron 200-500 for 6 years and while sharp at f10 or above I always knew it was a good lens, but never a great lens. And for that reason I always felt less than enthusiastic about what I was going to capture although in bright light the Tamron did yield exceptional images.|
This lens is much different. It is not f2.8 but with today's ISO speeds the f4-5.6 is more than adequate at all but twilight on either end of the day. The AF is quick and very accurate and the colors are rich and the detail is very much like my Zeiss portrait lens.
If you like wildlife and shooting grandchildren on a ball field this lens will be hard to beat for the money as expensive as some may think it is.
I no longer feel lens lust for my wildlife photographs.
Now I want to go back to Montana and Idaho.