Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM A-mount lens review by jvsanchez
|jvsanchez#11640 date: Jan-27-2014|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 70-200/2.8 LD|
Sony 70-300/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 USD
|price paid:||1169 USD (KEH: BGN)|
|positive:||- sharp, sharp, sharp! |
- excellent build
- SSM with FTMF, focus hold buttons, focus limiter
- velvet lined hood with filter door
- ultra professional looking, if that's your thing
|negative:||- long & heavy, especially at 400mm|
- very conspicuous with it's silver paint
|comment:||I've been wanting this lens since it came out, and I've finally been able to get it. |
- The build quality is simply superb. It's obvious that it's a G lens, with tight tolerances, well damped controls, 3 focus hold buttons and a focus limiter. I like the silver paint, but YMMV. The included hood is large, deep, and lined with velvet for maximum flare control. It *is* a little flimsy, when compared to the hood on my Tamron 70-200, it's obvious that the 70-200's hood is better constructed. (it does lack the velvet lining and the filter door though) And of course a replacement hood is $100 USD should you lose or break yours. Ouch.
The colors are the typical Sony/Minolta colors, and i find them very pleasing.
Distortion is basically non-existent in every day shooting
Sharpness is out of the park. It's easily the sharpest zoom I own, and just as good as my 105 Macro and 50/1.4 EX HSM, even wide open. Size and weight mandate at least 1/500th at 400mm or a tripod to get the most out of the lens.
AF is fast, accurate, and pretty much silent. It's a revelation when compared to the screwdriven Tammy 70-200, and better than the motors on both the 70-300 G and 70-300 USD, in my opinion.
Basically, this is the best zoom lens i've ever used. If you can afford it or find it for a good deal, buy it. hands down. You won't be sorry.