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

reviewer#11461 date: Nov-10-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Sigma 150-500mm
70-300G SSM
price paid:15000DKK = 2000 €
positive:Sharp all the way, even wide open.
Superfast AF
Overall nice build
Looks better in white, than the ugly silver!
negative:Not wheathersealed WTF???
Price is on the heavyside, like the weight.
A slightly flimsy hood
I'll still like it better in black.
comment:The sharpnes and AF speed makes the Sigma looks like "#¤% it's simply in another league and it's a notch better than the 70300G in build and sharpnes and AF speed, the colaboration of the SSM II and AF-D on the A99 is out of the ballpark.

I think the price would fit better, if Sony had made it weatherseald.

But no regrets, it's a brilliant pice of glass.

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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