Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM A-mount lens review by Nas79

reviewer#10302 date: Jun-14-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:$1950.00 (new)
AF limiter switch
Focus hold buttons
negative:Color (To flashy)
No weather sealing
Tripod collar (small)
comment:I sold my Sigma 50-500 (Bigma) to switch to this lens. I do not regret it for a minute. The 70400G is a much better lens all around.

This image quality in my opinion is outstanding. The Bokeh is very nice and this produces very sharp images.

I do not dislike the color of the body of the lens but am not really a big fan. It is a little flashy for me and it definately stands out in a crowd.

I would have liked it if it was weather sealed as I am constantly outdoors with it but I imagine that would bring the price up substantially.

The only thing I prefered on my Sigma was the Tripod collar. It was large and doubled as a hand grip. The Sony one is pretty small.

I almost always shoot handheld and find the weight of the lens helpful to keep me steady.

I do love this lens but never use it below 300mm. For the type of photography I use this lens for I think an older Minolta 300 F2.8G would serve me better.

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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