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

reviewer#11924 date: Jul-29-2014
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:Sony 70-200mm G2
Sony 70-300mm G
Sony 16-50mm
Sony 28-75mm
Sony 18-135mm
price paid:1699.99
positive:This lens is extremely sharp, and the colour rendition is superb. The SSM is very fast and works well with my A77, and A850. I would highly recommend this to any A-Mount user who doesn't already own one.
negative:This lens isn't weather-sealed, and the I find silver colour of the lens appalling. I find the hood has a tendency to fall off.
comment:I've had this lens for over two years now, and I still am impressed with its performance. I've used it photographing events, wildlife, sports, and its been out to sea on multiple where it has excelled. Its much sharper than my 70-300mm, and almost mirrors my 70-200mm performance.

If your in the market for a 70-400mm on the A-Mount I recommend this model. Do yourself the favour and save the $500.00. The performance difference between the two is negligible.

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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