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

reviewer#6209 date: Oct-10-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300mm
price paid:1420 euro new
positive:Very good range from 70-400mm
Tripot collar,SSM
negative:Very heavy for hand hold and walk around lens. You need practice especially when you follow birth in fly or small object.
comment:Excelent build quality very sharp at all focal lenth also even wide open at 400mm. For somebody that he need the 400mm and he doesnt want to spend too much money is the best in the class.

Update Mai 2012: Excellent results with 24MP FF.
Very easy to use it with teleconverter 1.4X & 2X on a77 with focus peacking colore.Even at 800mm you get very good results thanks to the focus peacking

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 128
  • sharpness: 4.87
  • color: 4.91
  • build: 4.55
  • distortion: 4.85
  • flare control: 4.84
  • overall: 4.81 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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