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

reviewer#10485 date: Sep-4-2012
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85mm F1.4 (D)
Minolta 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G
Minolta 28-70mm F2.8 G
Konica-Minolta 28-75mm F2.8 D
Tamron 17-35mm (D)
Tamron 70-200mm F2.8
price paid:$1900 AUD (new)
positive:Amazing range and great sharpness
Excellent focus
negative:Aperture change over zoom range
comment:All round great lens which deals with the compromise of the range very very well. Amazing sharpness and functionally really easy to use with rapid, accurate focus and easy handling if the tripod mount is removed. It is so good that I'm going to have it as the 70-200mm range back-up and sell the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 because my copy is sharper even at 400mm plus you get the extra range. The only compromise is you have to remember the aperture change when zooming and accommodate accordingly.

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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