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Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM

Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
alaAverage 4.8

75 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and usability, whereas reviews are divided on the value for money.

design, usability, size

On average, users rate this product 96/100.

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(Based on 75 reviews)

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Compatable with the a37?


Is this lens worth buying for the sony a37 camera?

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You really do get what you pay for


Ok so after much debate on what lens would be good I decided to buy this lens and when I first took it out of the box my jaw dropped. I am an amateur photographer only doing is for family pics, nature, and as hobby so I have never owned a real...

Clarity, build quality, quiet and fast focus even on full

From 200mm to 300mm there is a substantial zoom but 300mm to 400mm seems like 25mm zoom only

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Great Zoom in Good Light


When you can shoot this lens at f/8 or smaller the lens is very sharp. If you are using this lens for action photography you are limited to daytime shooting. This lens is all but useless when shooting in poor lighting. Would not recommend for inside...

Daytime Sports, Quick Focus

Soft Wide Open


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600 mm Effective Focal Length with APS-C Alpha's!


Once I experienced the joy of photographing soccer matches with the perfect reach of the 590 mm G glass on my HDR-FX1000 camcorder, my SAL70300G, sharp as it is, was not quite doing the job for capturing sports action still images on the far side of...

Optimized for sports photography - especially sideline photography of competitive soccer matches

Requires thoughful handling, a larger padded gear bag, & heavy duty tripod

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I have been using this lense since July 2011. It allows me to take great pictures but often need a tripod or monopod to steady. It is heavy and does not carry well for a day outing

Great Pics, ease of use

heavy, hard to carry around

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Indispensable Tool


I just got back from Africa where I took about 6000 shots with this lens, and I can't imagine shooting without it. The images are super clear and bright, with faithful colors. The build is tough, and held up to three weeks of dust and vibration...

Clarity, focus speed, silent focus, bright, solid build

Stiff zoom, bokeh a little rough

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This lens is so sharp you can shave with it!


I first bought the Sony 70-300G. This is a very nice lens, but it does not come with a tripod collar. This makes it tough for my sort of nature photography. Anyway, I ordered the 70-400G when my wife was not looking, and I got it a few days later. When...

Quality, performance, reach, focal length


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Extraordinary Lens!


The lowest user rating on any photography site was 4/5 given by 10% of users at the maximum. Now I know why!!!!People have listed some drawbacks. Here is my opinion on those: 1) Expensive: it’s totally worth it and Image quality is stunning also the...

Exceptional image quality in the entire range of focal length

Drains battery faster on my SLT a55

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Best zoom lens you can get in this focal range


Although this is not a prime lens, it has image quality rivaling primes in all it's focal length.

Sharp, contrast, colors, bokeh

bokeh sometimes, not weather sealed

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ultra sharp fast focus


takes amazing wildlife pictures they look almost 3D!

super sharp incredible shots


Product Specifications

Get incredibly close to your subject with the SAL-70400G super telephoto zoom lens. Part of the acclaimed G series, this zoom lens is ideal for sports, portraits and nature photography. This uncommonly flexible 5.7x zoom goes all the way and features an exceptionally bright f/4-5.6 aperture. Your pictures will benefit from two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for high contrast and low chromatic aberration. Circular aperture enables pleasing defocus effects and you'll even enjoy quicker response with the fast, smooth, nearly-silent focusing of Sony SSM technology.


Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No

General Features

3D: No
Bayonet Compatibility:Sony / Konica-Minolta
Usage:Digital Cameras