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

reviewer#26552 date: Apr-19-2016
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:Minolta 400/4.5
Minolta 300/2.8 APO
Sigma 120-400 APO
price paid:3800 PLN (pl zloty)
positive:- sharpness on 400 mm
- quick AF
- zoom range
negative:- to short ;-)
- poor build of hood
- limiter range could be better
comment:My main gun on airhows and diiferent aviation events. I've bought Minolta 300/2.8 to have better IQ than 70-400, but this lens at 2.8 wasn't as sharp as it can be read in net, so it was sold. On e-bay I've found auction with really cheap 400/4.5 - bought it, it have really good IQ at 400 mm (slightly better than 70-400), but AF speed (even with limiter in A77 II) for jet planes is not enough. I have many "misguided" photos in comparison to 70-400. So, it is my main airhows lens till now. I'm thinking about Mark II and/or Tamron 150-600.

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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