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Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM

Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
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70 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. People really like the size. The usability also gets good comments, whereas reviews are divided on the price.

design, usability, size

On average, users rate this product 97/100 and experts rate this product 90/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Lenses & Filters on People are impressed by the price.


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Lens (Black)Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Lens (Black)

Apr, 2018

EISA Award - Best Product

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European Zoom Lens 2009-2010 -> Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM


This new lens from Sony benefits from a solid construction and ED glass elements to achieve the respected G-type quality level expected of professional lenses. It is one of the lightest lenses in its category, and it features a fast and almost silent...

Jun, 2009

TIPA Award!

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Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM


With 18 elements into 12 groups and a total weight of 1.5 kg, this Sony zoom lens deserves the "expert” definition. In a beautiful silver finish and in a solid construction, it features an excellent optical quality at f/4. Low distortion, invisible...

Apr, 2009

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Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 SSM G (SAL-70400G) - Review / Test Report


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. The only real optical...

May, 2009

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Compatable with the a37?


Is this lens worth buying for the sony a37 camera?

Feb, 2013

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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

Dec, 2012

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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

Oct, 2012

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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

Mar, 2012

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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

Mar, 2012

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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

Oct, 2011

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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


Aug, 2011

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.


Color of product:Black

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:4.13 - 23.6
Aperture range (F-F):4 - 5.6
Closest Focusing Distance:59.1
Component for:SLR
Diagonal angle of view (max):34.6
Diagonal angle of view (min):4
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):4.13 - 23.6
Focal length range (f-f):2.76 - 15.7
Lens mount interface:Sony A
Lens structure:18/12
Lens structure (elements/groups):18/12
Lens Type:Telephoto
Maximum aperture number:22
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):23.6
Minimum aperture number:4
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):4.13
Number of diaphragm blades:9

Other Features

Carrying case:

Packaging Content

Bag included: Yes
Lens hood: Yes


Auto focus: Yes
Compatible products:Sony
Lens hood: Yes
Manual focus: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Diameter:3.03 / 3.72
Filter size:3.03