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

reviewer#10250 date: May-30-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Canon 100-400
price paid:$1500.00 (new)
Focus Hold Buttons
AF limiter button
AF / MF selection on lens
Sony SSM
negative:None really.
Weather Sealing would be nice.
comment:I have used this lens on my A850, A700 and now my A77, mostly for wildlife and birds. I find it simply outstanding and is in my view the best 70-400 (or similar) lens out there. It is sharp, good in low light, focuses pretty fast, great colour rendition and has next to no distortion. For me it produced great IQ throughout the entire focal length and on all my Sony's. It is big and heavy, but that does not bother me as I use this lens mostly on a monopod or tripod. I have taken a video with this lens on my A77 and was blown away by the quality.

I must be honest and say that this lens has kept me "faithful" to Sony, as I could never see myself selling it, and there is nothing else out there in this range that would make me change brands.

I would highly reccomend this lens.

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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