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

reviewer#44038 date: Mar-25-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200mm f2.8G
Minolta 70-210 f4
Minolta 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM
price paid:cashback
positive:Relatively small
Relatively light (about the same size and weight as the Minolta 200mm f2.8 G)
Good performance from 70-135mm with good drawing style
Fast silent focusing
negative:Softens from 135-200mm, with least good performance at 200mm, with some softening and veiling.
comment:I use this lens for indoor event work, mostly on APS-C 24Mp for extra "reach". I use it almost exclusively at f4.

Focusing is fast and reliable on A6x00 bodies, and OSS works well.

Performance in the 70-135mm range is truly lovely. It is not a "sharp" lens - it has lots of resolution, but tends to render in a style more similar to older Minolta G lenses, where sharpness is not exaggerated by contrast. Rendering and drawing style is very nice. It's prime quality.

Unfortunately, from abut 135mm onwards the performance slowly dips all the way to 200mm. There is some veiling and softening of the image which takes the edge off resolution, and I don't think the outer field of the image is as good as the centre (although hard to judge from my photos).

I certainly would not say it's sharp at all focal lengths and apertures, but performance is mostly very good to excellent. It also makes a good portrait lens at f4, with a pleasant style and relatively gentle roll off from focus to out of focus, without being unpleasantly sharp (not always a good lens quality for portraits)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.68
  • 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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