Sony AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44127 date: Aug-27-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-250
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Sony DT 55-300 SAM
Sony 70-300 G SSM II
Tamron SP 70-300 USD
Sony 70-400 G SSM
Minolta AF 75-300 "Big Beercan"
Minolta AF 75-300 D
Minolta AF 100-300 APO
Minolta AF 100-300 APO D
Minolta AF 100-400 APO
price paid:Included with A57
positive:Size and weight
Fast focus
Curved aperture blades
55 mm filter size
Direct focus control
Matches other Sony lenses
negative:Purple fringing
Lateral and axial CA
Focus plane curvature
Hard plastic focus grip
Lens extends for zoom and focus
No lens compensation support
comment:This lens is essentially identical to the Minolta AF 75-300 D. The zoom grip was changed to the tight horizontal style Sony uses. This particular copy was included with a used A57. The list price of this lens was $230 to $250 with some sales for $200. It may have often been purchased as part of a body kit for $100 extra. It was effectively replaced in 2012 by the Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6. "MADE IN CHINA"

This copy isn't quite as sharp as the Minolta AF 75-300 D that came with my 600si.

This lens is similar in size to the 55-300, longer than the 100-300 but shorter than the original 75-300. It extends more with zoom than the others, but doesn't get as long as the original 75-300. The focus grip is hard plastic but it is styled like the rubber grips on the Minolta AF 70-210 II and 100-300 APO.

Like the late Minolta AF 70-210 zooms the focus plane is fairly curved. It is quite prone to purple fringing like those lenses and the contemporary kit zooms. The original 75-300 shows less purple fringing and has a flatter focus plane.

The 7 aperture blades are curved, but they don't form as circular an opening stopped down as the 9 curved blades on the 100-300 APO D. The original 75-300 had 9 aperture blades, but they are pretty straight.

The Sony SH0007 hood is bulkier than the Minolta hood. It shares the same three lobed bayonet still used by the late Minolta kits zooms and still used by the 18-55 SAM II.

Overall a perfectly fine telephoto kit lens that matches the image quality and appearance of the 18-70, 28-80, and 28-100 D kit zooms while offering more reach and range than the 70-210 zooms.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 60
  • sharpness: 3.78
  • color: 3.88
  • build: 3.58
  • distortion: 3.85
  • flare control: 3.82
  • overall: 3.78 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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