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Sony70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
4.7

(based on 60 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (60)
  • Strong construction (41)
  • Consistent output (34)
  • Durable (32)
  • Easily interchangeable (29)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Lens creep (3)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (42)
  • Wildlife photos (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (28)
  • Wildlife (13)
  • General purpose (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (29), Enthusiast (9), Semi-professional (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Blown away

I expected the lens to outperform the standard 75-300 lens and my 28-300 Tamron. I expected better sharpness and contrast, less chromatic aberration, and a faster and more accurate autofocus. I...Read complete review

I expected the lens to outperform the standard 75-300 lens and my 28-300 Tamron. I expected better sharpness and contrast, less chromatic aberration, and a faster and more accurate autofocus. I got what I expected and much more. I have been absolutely blown away by the quality photos this has taken. Color saturation is 100% perfect. It beats even my CZ 16-80, hands down. Build is pretty large, bigger and heavier than the 75-300. That's mostly because of the SSM zoom. I saw another reviewer complain that it was slow - well, I don't know if he's used other lenses of this length, but I'd hardly call it slow. It does hunt in very low light, but that's what the switch to limit its range from 3m to infinity is for. I think it's very fast, and amazingly accurate. The bokeh is also incredible, especially at 300m. It works well with the Sony SSS, and I'm able to handhold it and get great detail even on indoor shots when combined with my A700. All in all, I think you'll be very happy with this lens. If not, return it for a full refund. Only complaints are: 1) there is a tiny bit of lens creep, 2) lens hood is deep, making use of a circular polarizer quite challenging; and 3) lack of compatibility - do be aware that it doesn't work with a teleconverter or full frame.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not totaly what I expected

Seems very slow to focus in auto. perhaps more experience with lens will rectify this problem

Seems very slow to focus in auto. perhaps more experience with lens will rectify this problem

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5.0

Great lens - low weight

By Questor

from Diamond Bar, CA.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

    First of all this a very well made lens. It is part of Sony's "G" series and worth the extra price. Quality feel, quick focusing. It is very sharp and I've gotten some great pictures with it. But it is also surprisingly light weight. So if you plan on hiking you won't mind bringing this lens with you.

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    5.0

    Sharpness is amazing!

    By Sunshine

    from Paducah, Ky 42001

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

    I use this lens on a sony nex 6 and it has given me the ability to really zoom into nature. Putting this lens on my camera gives me about a 450 zoom capacity. The pictures are sharp even when I am holding the camera and the weight is still incredibly light.

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By mg.alpha

    from Meridian, Idaho

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Reversed Focus Rings

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      At first I hesitated buying this lens at it cost more than the Tamron. After reading reviews online that mentioned that it was worth the money I agree. Images are sharp, focus is fast.

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      5.0

      Sony 70300G is a great telephoto zoom !

      By Charlie the Tuna

      from San Antonio, Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        This is my favorite telephoto zoom of all time. I use it on an A65. I really have NO complaints about this lens. It is sharp and has excellent contrast. AF is dead fast and reliable. Easy to manual focus as well. Very nice bokeh. This brings me to the reason I switched to this lens from the Sony 70400G. Although the 70400G is an excellent performer, I found this bohek often times to be harsh. So the better bokeh and smaller size/weight of the 70300G brings this lens over and above the extra 100mm of focal length of the 70400G for my use. Both are super, just my preference. But let me tell you, this 70300G is a sweet lens ! I use it mostly for birding on a tripod, but it will also work well for portraits on the short end. Highly recommended.

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        5.0

        Wonderful piece of glass

        By isitinuse

        from Spain

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        Great lens for good light shooting, fast and sharp.
        Gives very good image quality on the A77.

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        5.0

        Spectacular Results

        By John the Geek

        from Richmond, VA

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          I am a serious amateur. Time relaxing for me is almost always seen through a camera lens. This one is perfect for that.

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          5.0

          Quiet Quality

          By Zornorff

          from Lee, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits

          Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          Sharp, smooth and silky feel and ultra quiet motor. I use older Minolta lenses and this was quite a surprise with it's SSM motor. No grinding focus noise just silently focuses dead on.

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          4.0

          Excellent Lens for the Money

          By FOHPHOTO

          from CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

            I absolutely love the lens. It is exactly what I expected. Sony always produces high quality gear. f/4.5 operates poorly in low light, but does great when you boost the iso. Works amazing in reasonably lit settings, even sharper with a tripod. If I could have forked over another grand I would have gone for the f/2.8, but that would also be odd for me walking through streets w/ a lens that size.
            This lens is a perfect fit for the kit I needed. I wanted to see what it would be like operating at a 300mm focal length.
            I can't wait to see what Sony comes up with next!
            The focus lock is perfect and I don't want to buy a lens with out it. Handy having it right on the barrel, lock it recompose and shoot. Perfect.
            ENJOY!!!

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            5.0

            Great Lens!

            By DebCam

            from Tennessee

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

            good overall mid range zoom lens.

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            5.0

            You have to pay for clear glass

            By Slow Mover

            from Edmonds, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              I just started using this lens and I've found it works well in moderate lighting.

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              5.0

              Useful day-to-day working-horse lens

              By Galmete

              from Reinach, Switzerlnd

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                This lens got a 700 foto induction after receiving it while traveling. It is light enough to carry along all the time and versatile for city and country assignments. Modern camera ISO ranges compensate for the reduced aperture . This, together with a 18-85 zoom likely cover 95% of my travel needs. Fast and silent motor is very useful.

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                5.0

                Great lens!

                By Rob of Evans

                from Evans, Ga

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                Need a lot of light, but typical for a telephoto anyhow. Very well made and high quality. Very pleased so far.

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                5.0

                Maybe the best practical telephoto lens

                By J. Young

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  I'm an amateur using an A55 and value the light weight of this lens considering the impressive glass and solid build. I love the colors (could be better than the 1680Z) and ability to shoot at any f-stop with very sharp images, the fast and silent focus, almost no CA/fringing, and smooth and pleasing differential focus.

                  Also having the Sony 16-80 CZ lens (my favorite all-around lens) and Sony 18-250 which both use 62mm filter diameters, I'm able to interchange filters easily. Reviews have mentioned that the lens could have gone with a much smaller diameter, but I'm not complaining! I'm able to permanently keep my seemingly scratchproof Hoya HD UV filter attached and stack a Hoya HD cir. polarizer (both 62mm) on the field without ever exposing the lens element.. and still no added vignetting! Interestingly, none of the lens hoods fit any of the others which would have been nice to hide the godzilla of a lens hood that this lens has when using around the city. I end up not carrying the lens hood but the 70300G doesn't seem to need or benefit from it at all for most conditions. I figure it will come in handy for a day when I'm shooting outdoor sports.

                  The lens feels like it is built to last and I'm treating it as a long-term investment to use many years from now when I'll actually need to use it. I grin at every chance to use this lens.

                  I have to mention the great experience I had with B&H on this order. Bought online but lens had a defect with autofocus (would not autofocus at any distance in daylight!), probably as a result of shipment as the Sony box was dented in one corner, although there was an outer box and appeared padded. I took it to the B&H superstore in NYC to the returns department, where I mentioned I like the product but this one has a defect and would be happy with just replacing the lens itself instead of all the contents of the box (hood, lens case, etc). Friendly person just quickly glanced at the box I returned (did not inspect actual contents; what if I returned the cheap 75-300 lens?!), went to look at the back room and was back in about 2 minutes with a brand new box! I tried it out on the spot and verified it didn't have the AF problem. Thanked the person and walked out with a big smile! Will buy from B&H again!

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                  5.0

                  wonderful for birding with my NEX-5n

                  By leftoval

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  I bought this lens a week ago, together with Sony's LA-EA2, and found it surprisingly well balanced with the small NEX. Focusing was very quick and I was delighted to see that my images were sharper than what I was able to achieve with my Canon 1D Mark IV and 70-300mm L zoom -- although with so many variables in play between the two combinations I can't say the Sony is sharper than the Canon. Fit and finish of this G series lens is excellent. I really appreciated the lighter weight of the lens and NEX body, even with the adapter thrown in for good measure. I'm looking forward to getting an NEX-7 when it finally becomes available and putting this lens to work with it.

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                  5.0

                  Seems like a great lens!!

                  By roblav

                  from Rhinelander Wi.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                    Apears to be well designed, going to use mostly for wildlife. I only tried it once as i hurt my shoulder doing something else :( Ill try to give a better review at a later time, sorry!

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens!!

                    By Susan

                    from Baltimore, Maryland

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      Using the lens I was able to capture hummingbirds and pictures at a recent Air show. The clarity and detail are great.

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                      5.0

                      EXCELENT LENS

                      By FOCCUS FOTOGRAFIA

                      from MEXICO, D.F.

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        It's a great lens, a little heavy but worth what you pay for. You have to put ND filters or 81A to perform better and performance.
                        I recommend this lens, is very successful for Sony. Congratulations.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent performer

                        By Larry

                        from Albuquerque, NM

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Very Sharp

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                          I use this lens for bird photography. In adequate light it is a fast-focussing lens and is sharp as expected from a Sony G lens. It has lived up to my expectations- good contrast, good focus out to the corners, and seems very solidly built.

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                          5.0

                          You get what you pay for :-)

                          By Mr. Nobody

                          from Southern USA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Great IQ
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Super fast AF

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                          IQ is like watching HD compared to Reg. TV.
                          AF is Fast & Quiet
                          Not overly heavy. Has a real good feal to it and looks great on my a700.
                          As long as your not looking to shoot in real low light conditions the lens is well worth the money!
                          My other lens thats on my a700 90% of the time is the 16-80z Lens and the 70-300G Lens is just as Sharp. I couldn't be more happy with the Lens.

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                          4.0

                          Great clarity

                          By cel

                          from sydney, au

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                            Use it often out in the city, compared to the 75-300 Sony lens, this lens is a big upgrade and the difference is worth it.

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