Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM

Last updated (26 March’12):
– Review by Photozone

The Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM features 105-600mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/22. The lens construction has 18 elements in 12 groups with Closest focusing distance at 5 feet (1.5m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM lens weighs 3lbs 5oz (1500g) and it measures 94.5mm in diameter and 196mm long.

Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Reviews

Photozone reviews the Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM and writes;
“The Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 SSM G is an impressive piece of engineering. The resolution figures are very good across the zoom range. Lateral CAs, vignetting and distortions are generally very well controlled and not field relevant. he build quality of the lens is excellent and matching or even exceeding its Canon/Nikon counterparts – some may not like the silver finish though.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM User Reviews

Budget Sports Shooters Dream | Rating: ★★★★★
“For the images you get its is well worth it the weight. For the bang for the buck this has got to be the best Sony lens out there. With the 1.5x crop factor on most of the Sony DLSR’s (only the A900 is full frame) this becomes an effective 105-600mm zoom. It’s used mostly at the 400mm (equivalent) setting and my shots are tack sharp even wide open.” – by Joseph

Powerful Tele-Zoom | Rating: ★★★★★
“Its quality is undeniable, I own an Alpha 350 which is an APSC camera, this makes this lens a 105-600, And this is where I was surprised, 105 is very narrow. It is also heavy. In low light, I have had some focusing issues, it tends to get lost before finding it. I like shooting at the end of the day when the light is best, this lens requires a tripod or monopod in those circumstances. Using it for what it is intended, it produces very sharp pictures.” – by Bernard Dubuc

Nice lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Have owned many lenses of this focal length . Namely the Nikon 80-400mm, Canon 100-400mm , etc and I have to say the Sony is a fine lens . Fast and very quiet AF. Very sharp for a lens in this focal range.Build quality is top notch. The focus limiter is a great help when in low light as all these type lenses hunt a bit in difficult light.” – by S. Paradise

The best telephoto lens I have ever used! | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is sharp throughout its range even wide open! I have found that I have a higher “keep” rate with my pictures as compared to the other two above mentioned lens. Both of them are about the same in terms of sharpness to me but this beauty is in another league. What an amazing lens! It even works with my Sigma 1.4TC EX DG non HSM in auto focus mode. “ – by K. Williams

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Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Specifications

The SAL70400G lens is a 5.7x super telephoto zoom lens and the latest addition to Sony’s G-series line of premium lenses. Designed to deliver extremely sharp descriptive performance across its wide focal length range, it is ideally suited for sports, action and wildlife photography.

Constructed of 18 elements in 12 groups, it includes two extra-low dispersion glass lenses for high contrast, sharp details, and exceptional center-to-edge resolution with minimal chromatic aberration. A circular aperture with nine diaphragm blades is utilized to achieve natural, aesthetically-pleasing de-focusing effects.

With a minimum focus distance of 1.5m and maximum magnification of 0.27x, the lens delivers best-in-class performance. Like the SAL1635ZA lens, focus drive is provided by its SSM system, which offers the speed and rotational precision often required for telephoto shooting. Additionally, the lens has an internal focusing system for faster auto focusing.

A focus-mode/range switch and three focus-hold buttons have been added to the lens barrel for enhanced operability.

When attached to the flagship a900 camera body, the AF hold buttons can be customized to activate the intelligent preview function.

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