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

reviewer#11011 date: Apr-5-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Sigma 70-200 2.8 EX DG HSM Macro
Tamron 18-200
price paid:10500 SEK used
positive:* Crazy sharp
* Fast & silent AF
* Flexibility (both 70mm and 400mm in same lens + great IQ)
negative:* Zoom creepage (how were they thinking when they didn't add a zoom lock to this giant?)
* Heavy (doesn't matter cuz you have so fun using it and capturing great pictures with it, but it hurts afterwards sometimes)
* Expensive
comment:An extremely sharp lens. I have been in love with it since I first fastened it to the camera. Not only does it produce an excellent IQ, but also has made me a more active photographer in many ways.

The most negative part about it is the price, but my wifes' "WOW WHAT AMAZING PICUTRES!" reaction approved the lens purchase soon enough, and more than once...

Used for:
* Birding
* Wildlife
* Moon shots
* Soon astrophotography

I'm totally in love with it and can't consider leaving it.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania