Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM

Last updated (01 January’13):
– Review by Alphamountworld

The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 16 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 4′ (1.2m) and has a filter size of 62mm. The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM lens weighs 1lbs 12oz (800g) and it measures 82.5mm in diameter and 135.5mm long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM Reviews

Alphamountworld reviews the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM and writes;
“Inside the lens is some serious glass. I couldn’t help resist wondering how dam well this lens is going to perform on the new 24mp full frame sensor coming soon, since it performed so well on both of Sony’s current APS-C sensors. I tried very hard to find chromatic aberrations and really didn’t find much. Vignetting is basically a non issue, as well as barrel and pincushion distortion. So much for corrective measures needing to be made in post processing, that is always a good trait in a lens.”
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Kurtmunger reviews the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM and writes;
“This lens is pretty sharp wide open, at all focal lengths, sharpening up just a bit more one stop down. In normal shooting, you’ll never notice the difference. I wouldn’t hesitate to shoot wide open at any length on this lens, in fact, you will never notice any sharpness variations from different apertures unless you look at your images enlarged 100%.”
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Photozone reviews the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM and writes;
“The resolution figures are very good across the zoom range. Lateral CAs, vignetting and distortions are generally well controlled and not really field relevant. While not formally tested the quality of the bokeh is pleasing – an important aspect for a tele lens. The build quality of the lens is very good and better than the mainstream..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM Specifications

A superb telephoto zoom lens that’s easy to carry. The Sony G-Series 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens is a brilliant performer for a wide range of medium-distance and long shots, with SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) design for fast, silent auto-focus, ED glass to virtually eliminate chromatic aberration, focus hold button and more. Minimum focusing distance of about 4 feet (1.2m) lets you move in close to your subject—and even at full zoom extension it captures sharp, clear images thanks to the benefit of Super SteadyShot® image stabilization built into every Sony α system DSLR. (35mm equivalent: 105-450mm).

Features :

Compact Design, All-Around Versatility
This superb 70-300mm zoom lens is an excellent choice for a wide range medium to long-distance telephoto applications — and its lightweight design lets you leave it on-camera or carry it easily as an accessory lens for special purposes (35mm equivalent: 105-450mm).

In-Camera Image Stabilization
A major reason for its compact, lightweight design is the benefit of Super SteadyShot® in-camera image stabilization, built into every Sony & 945 system DSLR — and enabling accessory lenses to eliminate the extra weight and expense of in-lens stabilization mechanisms.

Smooth Manual Focusing
An easy-grip focus ring on the lens barrel gives you a solid “hands-on” feel in manual focusing.

Circular Aperture
Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

Superb Optical Performance
Sony’s G-Series lenses are designed for maximum descriptive power, maintaining excellent peripheral light characteristics and minimizing contrast drop-off even at the edges of the frame.

SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.

Multi-Element Design with Internal Focusing
The SAL-70300G is designed with 16 lens elements in 11 groups, with internal focusing so the balance of your camera never changes.

Short Minimum Focusing Distance
With the ability to focus as closely as 4 feet (1.2m), this telephoto lens also lets you move in for dramatic shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details.

Focus Hold Button
For creative control and image preview, a focus hold button conveniently located on the lens barrel lets you firmly lock in focus — and a focus range limiter can be set to speed auto-focus response.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
Because light of different wavelength (or color) bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass is used to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.

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