Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM A-mount lens review by Werner B.

reviewer#10184 date: May-8-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 2.8
Minolta 100-300 APO
price paid:$1,250.00 used
positive:Amazing I.Q.
Creamy bokeh
Need a tripod at the long end to make this work
comment:I have had this lens for about a year now and find I do not use it very often. Sometimes I think I should sell it and get the Zeiss 24-70 as I would probably use it more. But every time I fire off a few shots with it, I think OMG. This lens is amazing! The colours, image quality and bokeh are as good as any prime lens.
The only negative is it's size. If you pull this out at a wedding-people are going to head for cover. It is NOT subtle.
Furthermore this lens commands a decent tripod and head arrangement. I use a carbon fiber Manfrotto with a high quality ball head for my DSLR's. This is not enough for this lens, I have to pull out my medium format Manfrotto 055 with the 410 geared head to keep this lens steady.
The quality of the images from this lens are so good, the range so convenient, that I don't think I will ever sell it.
The size of the lens is a small price to pay for the images it produces.

rating summary

lens image
  • 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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