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

reviewer#44547 date: Jul-10-2020
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:Tamron 70-200, Tamron 150-600.
price paid:1700 USD
positive:Very sharp at all focal lengths. Only slightly heavier than 70-200mm. Three focus hold buttons. Range limiter. Very well built. Easy to hold and shoot. Good bokeh.
negative:Not completely weather sealed. Lens hood can pop off.
comment:This is a great lens on both my A77 ii and A99 ii. I was surprised that it wasn't heavier; it weighs in only a hundred grams more than my Tamron 70-200. The AF is fast, the range limiter helps. It is very sharp at long end. I've been using it for bird shots; on the A77 ii it gives me an effective 600mm. I debated buying this lens or the Tamron 150-600, but the Tamron's reported softness at 600mm, its weight, and its lower quality build swung the choice to the Sony. Very pleased I bought it; since I got it I use my 70-200 much less frequently. Highly recommended.

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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