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

reviewer#45737 date: Jul-5-2021
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:Sony 70-400mm G1
Minolta 80-200mm G HS apo
Sony CZ 135mm f1.8
Minolta 28-70mm G
Minolta 85mm f1.4 G D
Sony CZ 24-70mm SSM I
price paid:$2000 AUD (new)
positive:Faster/more accurate focussing particularly on a99II
Excellent IQ even at f5.6 @ 400mm on a99II
negative:Improvement over G1 version but for most only a small to moderate difference
comment:The G2 version for my use is a worthy upgrade given this is one of the lenses I use the most. When paired with better camera bodies like the a99II the difference in use is noticeable in both accuracy/speed of focus and also real world IQ. All round that little bit better.

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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