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

reviewer#16290 date: Jul-2-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 300/4 APO G and Minolta 400/4.5 APO G
price paid:About $2400 new
positive:Great sharpness all over even at full aperture, especially for being a zoom.
Fast focusing most of the times.
negative:Short focus distance to long.
A tad heavy for long handheld sessions, but what isn't in this category.
At 400mm it's quite long and changes the pivot point a lot when on a gimbal.
comment:Great lens in all aspects, would really like try this on a 36MP+ camera.

Edit: Now tested on the a7RII 42MP with the LA-EA3 adapter and it really shines both in focus speed and sharpness.
The 5-axis IBIS on the a7RII does a really good job preventing handshakes. Could shoot down to 1/60s at 400mm without any problem.

Try to at least bring my monopod with this as after a while it's hard to keep it steady.

Now I only need 4 lenses with me on longer outings.
CZ 16-35 and 24-70, 70-400 and a macro 60, 90, 100 or 200mm depending.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 21
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.62
  • overall: 4.66 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania