Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM A-mount lens review by JasperD
|JasperD#6618 date: Dec-22-2009|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 70-300 APO MACRO|
|price paid:||1800 CHF|
|positive:||Extremely silent AF|
Well placed focus hold buttons
|comment:||I'm only starting using this lens, the price is certainly up to par with its weight, to say the least. My good old and faithful pre 1996 Sigma 70-300 is not totally bound for retirement because of that, the weight does not compare, it's not a lens you put casually in the daily backpack.|
That said, I managed to take some wonderful pictures of a distant blue tit at 400mm and over 10 meters away, just handheld, that I would not have thought possible, even with SSS.
Of course, on a sturdy tripod, nothing compares to this beauty. I even like the silver color!
Cann't wait to check it out on my A100, at Sony for repairs under warranty right now.
Just one thing I dislike, not sure if it's only my copy or general: the filter thread is just a tiny bit too deep, there's no way I can manage to turn my polarizer - B&W MRC KSM - through the one finger hole in the hood, it sinks in just that much. I'm sure the filter is smooth, I use it a lot on the same sized Sigma 50/f1.4. Not that much of a dealbraker though, not even enough to affect build rating.