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

reviewer#10108 date: Apr-11-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 2.8
Minolta 400 4.5
Sony 70-300G
Nikon 80-400 VR
price paid:L1000
positive:Range, colours, sharpness, weight (considering range).
negative:None apart from silver colour.
comment:An absolute must-have lens I believe and certainly the one that Sony should be most proud of to date. Awesome range, great colours and very impressive sharpness even handheld. Makes the Nikon seem like a toy. Albeit considerably slower than the Minolta I found this immeasurably more practical and was an absolute joy on safari in Africa.
Only negative is the colour since anything not black makes you like jam to wasps.

rating summary

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  • total reviews: 129
  • sharpness: 4.87
  • color: 4.90
  • build: 4.56
  • distortion: 4.85
  • flare control: 4.84
  • overall: 4.80 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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