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Keywords: Sony Tele Zoom A-Mount 35mm SSM


Registered: January 2012
Posts: 3
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM SAL-70300G review by dfwatt
Review Date: 1/16/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $775.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Great reach, sharpness, image quality
Cons: Sometimes not fast enough

1) good to great sharpness, even wide open, really sharp minimally stopped down at a wide range of focal lengths.
2) Very well made, with very smooth focus and zoom rings.
3) Doesn't get much softer all the way out to 300mm like many tele zooms
4) fast and quiet focusing (SSM is great for movies)
5) light weight for the covered focal lengths
6) minimal CA, vignetting, distortion

1) Not fast enough in some situations.
2) Not cheap for the aperture range.
3) Not included in the A77/A65 firmware correction profile - yet. Would virtually remove all classical optical distortions.
4) Zoom mechanism will suck air (and therefore dust) into lens. Not sealed, and should be for G lens.

This is a good value, despite its price. Very smooth and quiet lens, and as someone else also noted, makes up in portability and convenience what it minimally loses in speed. Worth the money if you shoot much above 70mm and don't need the speed (and the major weight/cost downsides) of a 2.8 lens. IN general, I love using this lens - outdoors in decent light.

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 6
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM SAL-70300G review by babka08
Review Date: 9/29/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $550.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, colour, SSM, range vs size
Cons: Slow-ish aperture

I've used this on both the a700 and a850 and it's a keeper for outdoor photography that doesn't demand the widest apertures. What you give up in speed verses an f2.8 lens, you gain in portability. The body is very well made. Plastic means it is lighter. Metal would make it more expensive and heavier. Your decision what you want. I absolutely love the colours this lens puts out. The bokeh is very nice, and it is sharp all over on both apsc and full-frame. The SSM isn't super fast but it is accurate and extremely quiet. I can't for the life of me figure out why Sony isn't making mid-range and wide zooms with a similar G specification. Read: Canon f4 series... I found a good used one which made it a good buy. Otherwise expensive new but it is a worthwhile investment.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 12
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM SAL-70300G review by edwardkaraa
Review Date: 8/20/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $900.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Very nice IQ even wide open
Cons: Too dark for most uses

This lens produced some really sharp photos even wide open. However if shooting in any condition except bright sunlight, maximum aperture is too small for anything. Color a bit on the warm side.


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