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

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Manufacturer Sony
Model 70-400 mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.6
Angle of view 34.3 - 6.2 o
Closest focusing distance 1.5 m
Maximum magnification 3.7
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type SSM
Lens Construction 18 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Sony A / Minolta
Dimensions 196 x 94.5 mm
Weight 1500 g
Additional information Anounced: September 2008.
Average rating (11 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (11)
  1. punam
    punam 5 May 2018, 12:22
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    IP 207.154.x.x
    Owner since: 9 years
    Price: 1021
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Great image quality, weight, lens features

    Pros: shade is effective but vulnerable

    Summary: Toplens wich I use for racing events, nature and reports on popfestivals. in a separate fit bag you can always take it with you. An excellent lens for nature and sport - just build those biceps up if you are planning on carrying it around all day free gift card generator | free gift code generator

  2.  Louise Dazzle
    Louise Dazzle 2 February 2017, 07:37
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    IP 202.143.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1550
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: It\'s a substantial focal point, yet one must state it should be overwhelming for this incredible execution.

    Pros: All-thing except for the weight. Astounding quality|Astounding hues| Stunning sharpness.

    Summary: Albeit expensive, I view it as a superb venture as it is reliable practically over its whole central range. Midrange sharpness is exceptionally wide (f3.5 to f18) consequently making it an extremely Essay Writing Service adaptable stage - particularly for item photography. Exceedingly suggested.

  3. Kim Jones
    Kim Jones 11 October 2016, 11:08
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    IP 111.119.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1330
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Lens a bit heavy

    Pros: Image quality is super.

    Summary: I use this lens on the A850 camera for birding and wildlife shoots and so far it's is working just fine and suits my work ethics and projects. I must say the image quality has beaten all my previous cameras and it has given a boost to my work. Big thanks. As I said the image quality is very good, but the silver color of the lens isn't as shiny as some web pics make it seems so - it's almost a matte finish that really doesn't "bling" like I feared it would. Weight-wise, it's what I expected this type of lens to be - not a full day's easy carry, but not horribly heavy either. Conveniently light. The lens tends to be very sharp from 70-300, and sharp from 300-400. dissertation UK | assignment writing

  4. cpute_ok
    cpute_ok 3 November 2015, 23:12
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    IP 148.163.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 1550
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slower AF, hood tends to crossthread

    Pros: Great image quality, weight, lens features

    Summary: I use this lens on the A850 camera for birding and wildlife work and so far it's great, but not without some gripes. The image quality is very good, and the silver color of the lens isn't as shiny as some web pics make it out to be - it's almost a matte finish that really doesn't "bling" like I feared it would. Weight-wise, it's what I expected this type of lens to be - not a full day's easy carry, but not horribly heavy either. The lens tends to be very sharp from 70-300, and sharp from 300-400. In casual testing, I really haven't noticed much IQ improvement going from f/5.6 to f/8, so I just shoot it wide open unless I'm concerned about DOF. My only real complaints for the lens - the lens hood almost acts like it wants to crossthread every time I put it on - very different than the sure connection I get from my CZ 24-70. Also, the lens doesn't AF very quickly. It's not slow, but it's certainly not quick, and can have problems tracking at times, though I've managed to pull some birds in flight just fine. Realtors Marketing | printing services

  5. Johnny van Graan
    Johnny van Graan 11 October 2012, 23:21
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    IP 41.56.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Lens hood is a nightmare.

    Pros: Extremely sharp lens. Fast focus. A pleasure to work with - although heavy. Retains sharpness with 2x converter. Amazing capabilities when used with extension tubes for macro work.

    Summary: Although pricey, I consider it to be an excellent investment as it is consistent almost across its entire focal range. Midrange sharpness is very broad (f3.5 to f18) thereby making it a very flexible platform - especially for product photography. Highly recommended.

  6. TD
    TD 9 October 2012, 15:52
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    IP 71.2.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1800
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: corners suffer just a bit at 400mm when wide open

    Pros: extremely sharp, large central area maintains sharpness at 400mm and wide open

    Summary: This beats the any of the competition in the 400mm zoom range ~ $2000 lens offerings. A reason to go Sony.

  7. jake
    jake 14 March 2012, 16:26
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    IP 178.78.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: £1339
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Weight

    Pros: Sharp, good contrast and colour

    Summary: An excellent lens for nature and sport - just build those biceps up if you are planning on carrying it around all day

  8. verdy
    verdy 13 June 2011, 04:26
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    IP 182.4.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1349
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: heavy lens

    Pros: sharp

    Summary: good lens but heavy

  9. Ome Kees
    Ome Kees 17 December 2010, 18:37
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    IP 217.123.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1300
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No zoomlock.

    Pros: Very sharp at all lengths wide open.

    Summary: Very usable lens and not to expensive.

  10. pacosancas
    pacosancas 12 May 2010, 09:43
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    IP 166.49.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1399 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: It's a heavy lens, but one must say it needs to be heavy for this fantastic performance.

    Pros: Everything but the weight. Amazing quality. Amazing colors. Amazing sharpness.

    Summary: Best choice for birding. Worth every euro I paid for it.

  11. jack
    jack 30 June 2009, 10:27
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    IP 62.140.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 1345 euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: shade is effective but vulnarable

    Pros: sharp, best contrast up to 250, very good at 300and 400. At f8 comparable with 4/300 APO Minolta, much less CA. Beautiful with 1.4x at 400, little more black and sharpening in Lightroom. Alpha 900 used. Mounted on D7 enourmous range for birding. Versatile lens with very high performance, solidly built.

    Summary: Toplens wich I use for racing events, nature and reports on popfestivals. in a separate fit bag you can always take it with you.