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

reviewer#10028 date: Mar-15-2012
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100 - 400
price paid:
positive:Incredible clarity and super fast foscus. Very easy to use even when hand held. Very convenently placed focus locks. Substantial feel in hand like the old Minolta lenses.
comment:I have been using a Minolta 100 - 400mm lens for tha past 3 years. It is a nice lens but is loud and has trouble locking on target with fast moving objects when fully extended to 400mm. The Sony not only is a sharper lens but is a much faster focusing lens in the field.
Yes this lens is heavy....2x the weight but it is totally worth it. I typically dont use a tripod and by the end of the day.....tired....but I have improved my keepers by 35%.
On the tripod this lens is superb.
Highly recommended.
I am taking it on Safari to Botswana this summer.....really looking forward to it!!!!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 127
  • sharpness: 4.87
  • color: 4.91
  • build: 4.56
  • distortion: 4.85
  • flare control: 4.84
  • overall: 4.81 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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