Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS E-mount lens review by MKoziara
|MKoziara#15252 date: May-20-2015|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||- FE 28-70|
- Minolta AF 70-210/4 (beercan)
- Minolta AF 200/2.8
|price paid:||1100 USD (new)|
|positive:||- sharpness (excellent except for 200mm @f/4 - "only" very good)|
- buld quality
- color rendition
- AF speed (in normal to good conditions)
- AF accuracy (almost 100% hits)
- little aberrations and distortion
|negative:||- AF in low light (hunts, but if it locks on subject, it's always where it should be)|
- a little too big for the A7I, fits well on A7II
- pity the MFD is a bit too big
|comment:||First of all, I was surprised by the AF accuracy. I wasn't sure of achieving exact focus with neither of FE lenses I had a chance to use (55/1.8, 28-70, 35/2.8 - this one was close). This lens is really very accurate and quite fast in at least normal conditions. Silent.|
Image quality is far beyond the famous beercan. It's sharper at all focal lengths, has a lot less CA and a much better flare control. Minolta 200/2.8 is a little bit sharper but produces a lot more CA.
Build quality is excellent. It feels very solid, zoom and focusing rings move smoothly. A lot of buttons - AF/MF, focusing limiter, stabilization controls etc. Does not extend while zooming nor focusing, filter does not rotate neither. Weathersealed.
Strange thing - the max maginifcation is achieved around 175mm, not at 200mm (the MFD is smaller at 175mm).
My favourite FE lens so far, I like it more to the 55/1.8 due to focusing accuracy.