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

reviewer#12164 date: Mar-7-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:SAL70400G1
price paid:AU$1,470 as new
positive:Faster focus motor than the SAL70400G1,more pleasing body finish to my taste, solidly built, silent and quick SSM focus, excellent optics sharp at all apertures (mine needed quite a degree of micro focus adjustment, but once having been set, is very sharp).
negative:Not weather sealed, slightly more robust but still rather flimsy plastic hood, zoom ring set forward means it cannot be used when the hood is reverse mounted on body. Bokeh can look a bit harsh if the background is busy.
comment:I wasn't unhappy with the Mark 1 version but saw this one about a year old and as new up for auction on eBay, and won the bidding. I was then able to sell my Mark 1 for little less than the new one cost me, so I'm very happy with the faster focus and the improved nano coatings on the lens elements. IQ is much the same on both, but the faster focus speed is worth having. An excellent lens for wildlife and sports photography, perfectly matched with tha a77ii camera.

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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