Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS E-mount lens review by ADub128

reviewer#45761 date: Sep-27-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 55-210 entry level, sometimes bundled lens.
price paid:1000 USD
positive:Great upgrade to the Sony 55-210, definitely a big step up in quality -- build and image.
negative:The lens is a bit pricey, so look for sales to save a little. I like the telephoto range, but would be nice to be a little wider on the short end. It would be nice if this were a little faster too, but with today's modern sensors, that doesn't matter too much for me, I just bump up the ISO. I have other lenses for bokeh applications.
comment:This is my first Sony G lens. I had recently shot some tennis/action shots using my old Sony 55-210 lens. The results there were OK, not great. So I started researching E-mount telephotos and I saw that the 70-350 was released just a couple of years ago, in 2019. I decided to treat myself and ended up adding this to my collection.

All in all, I think Sony did a great job with the trade-offs -- balancing size and speed and image quality. This G lens is definitely a big step up from the entry level 55-210 in terms of sharpness, color and build. The 70-350 is bigger and heavier though.

I enjoy having optical stabilization as my E-mount bodies (A6400, NEX-6, NEX-3) do not have in-body stabilization. The 55-210 also has OSS, but again, there are clear quality differences between that lens and a Sony G. The 55-210 is fine for "everyday" applications, but with sports shooting it is easy to find the limits of the 55-210.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 4.75
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.65 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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