Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS E-mount lens review by MKoziara

reviewer#15252 date: May-20-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:- 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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.71
  • color: 4.94
  • build: 4.76
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.88
  • overall: 4.82 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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