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Sony70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Consistent output (12)
  • Durable (10)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (16)
  • Sports/action (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Weddings (4)
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5.0

Love It

By Dale Robert

from Troy, NY

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      I bought this lens as an upgrade to my sal70300g lens to give me a little more length for wildlife photography. I am very pleased with this lens. It is sharper at 400mm than the 70300g is at 300mm and less and I think the 70300g is an excellent lens. The color and contrast is great. The bokeh is better than what I expected. I use this lens on the sony a65 so the focal length is actually 600mm. Because of the added focal length and the weight of the lens, I purchased a monopod which really made a difference when using slower shutter speeds where the in-camera stabilization is just not enough. I don't use auto focus all that much as I mainly use manual focus with peaking focus on the a65. However, the auto focus is fast, quiet and accurate. The build of the lens is solid.

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      5.0

      Got up close and personable with this le

      By the half inch bender

      from SanAntonio, Texas

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Hard To Find A Wrap
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      This is the first long lens I've owned and I have not had it out much. I have enjoyed it in action images of my grandkids and at the ranch shooting wildlife it focused so well I had deer within twenty feet from where I sat and they didn't locate me as the auto focus worked when the shutter fired it was different. Pared with my A-77 this lens worked very well. I named my 400mm "Tom the Long". Okay it is a great lens.

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      4.0

      Excellent Glass

      By Sully

      from North Jersey

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      My first piece of high end glass and I can't be more happy with it. Super fast auto-focus, and very quiet. It's built tough and so far has stood up well to my needs. I do a lot of hiking and outdoor exploring and have no had any issues. For the price though, it would have been nice is Sony had done some weather sealing.

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      5.0

      The best telephoto zoom. PERIOD.

      By EvenPar8462

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        Super fast and very accurate focus. The zoom is so smooth you hardly notice any movement at all. Super sharp and crisp glass, better than leica.

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        5.0

        Great gift for someone who can carry it

        By kati

        from Phoenix,Arizona

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • It Helps To Have A Tripod
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        Great for taking close up photos of people and nature.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Lens!

        By Stuke

        from New England

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Cheap hood
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        Wonderful color, excellent clarity, great bokeh, but heavy!

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        5.0

        Very Nice Lens

        By Vinf

        from Dawsonville, GA

        Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        Compliments my Sony Zeiss 24-70, extending my range from 24-400mm. The 70-400 is sharp, fast to focus and has nice brokeh. The color is excellent.

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        4.0

        Fully usable wide open at 400mm

        By N.C.

        from San Jose, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        On A900:
        As sharp as my Sigma 400mm Macro APO at 400/5.6 and Minolta 300/4+1.4xTC at 420/5.6.
        The Sony has equal or better resolution at 400/5.6 than my Tamron 200-500, Sigma 135-400, and Minolta 100-400 set at 400/8.
        For tracking moving object, the Sony lens is better than all other lens I have tested.
        Some color fringing could still be observed in high contrast area, but all of them can be easily removed with post processing.
        Bokeh is showing busy swirl a lot compared to Tamron 200-500 and Minolta 100-400.
        One physical short coming is zoom creep and no zoom lock at 70mm.

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        5.0

        Nice and execelent lens

        By Daniel

        from Puerto Rico

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          i use this lens for wildlife,sport,etc, easy to use, Very sharp, fast accurate focusing and a quality build.

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          5.0

          Great lens for various uses

          By shuntakano

          from Renton, WA

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Great image quality
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • On the expensive side

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          On a full frame camera like the A99, the I've used it as a portrait lens on the short end, and for wildlife and birds on the long lens. The focus is noticeably quicker than the old silver version, and the quality of the photos are excellent, just like the old version. It's a little short in reach for small birds on a full frame, but would be fine on a cropped sensor. It is big, but light enough that I don't mind carrying it around all day on a hike (especially with a good sling system). It is considerably more expensive than the original version, so it's totally a personal choice whether to upgrade. If you don't have a long lens, you couldn't go wrong with this one. The new Tamron 150-600mm might be worth a look, once the A-mount version comes out -- it would be half the cost with a 50% longer reach, but 150mm short end would be less versatile than the 70mm for the Sony. If this is the range you're looking for, you can't go wrong with this lens.

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          5.0

          Great Lens!

          By Scoot

          from So Cal Ca

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

            I use the Sony 70-400 G2 lens for sports, and wedding photography! Been shooting Minolta 600mm F4 for 15 years! Great lens but very heavy and slower focus. Use it with A77 and get the 600mm I had! The one F stop I give up is well worth it!

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            5.0

            Excellent at 400mm

            By Hiker

            from Norcal

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              I resisted buying the first version for quite a while and I got by using the Tamron 200-500mm zoom. While the Tamron is good, this lens is a class above it. At 400mm, this gives me better results than the Tamron at 500mm. Useable and sharp wide open, it gets even better at f/7.1 to f/8. The super fast focus coupled with the range limiter switch make this a winner for fast action.

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              4.0

              Versatile lens

              By Misty

              from Florida

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                I have a 400 prime lens but wanted something in between my 24-70 lens and my 400 this is exactly what I wanted it takes excellent pictures and I would recommend it.

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                5.0

                Another Great Sony Lens

                By Denny

                from Ottawa, Ohio

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Easy To Hand-hold
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction
                • Very Clear Images
                • Very versatile

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Birding Photos
                • Candid Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                I've been using the original silver version of this lens for more than 4 years with 4 different camera bodies. The original lens is a great lens that produces very clear images at 400mm even at wide open aperture. My only frustration with the original lens has been while shooting pictures of songbirds in brush and vegetation. I find myself talking to the lens, telling it to please focus on the bird.

                I really like the white finish on the new lens. When I read that it would focus faster and more accurately than the original lens, I could hardly wait for it to become available. My first pictures with the new lens were of a micro focus chart. I was very disappointed when I discovered that the image was soft at f/5.6. At f/8, the image was very sharp and there was no difference between the new and old lenses. I used the new lens for one week shooting pictures of whitetail deer, several backyard birds and more than 1000 pictures of hummingbirds. The focus was quick and accurate with no hunting. The image at f/8 was a little clearer and more vibrant than with the old lens. After discussing the soft focus issue at f/5.6 with the retailer and a Sony technician, I returned the lens and exchanged it for a different but identical lens.

                I am much better pleased with the replacement lens. It produces tack sharp images at any focal length at f/8 and the image is only slightly softer at f/5.6. The focus is measurably quicker than the old lens. Focus seems to be "snappier" in the field. It is quick and locks on very accurately. I am convinced it will be much less frustrating next year during spring migration.

                I would definitely recommend this lens to a friend.

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                5.0

                They don't come much better than this ..

                By AEH

                from Northern Virginia

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged
                • Silent Auto-Focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Bokeh Is Just Ok
                • Flimsy Circular Polarize
                • Flimsy Hood

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                Very sharp, fast accurate focusing and a quality build. The hood is flimsy, but attaches firmly. The circular polarizer port on the hood is also very flimsy - I tape it shut. It doesn't have a zoom lock, but my copy doesn't creep.

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                5.0

                TACK SHARP AND FAST FOCUS

                By DG7878

                from SPRING HILL, FL

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                JUST ARRIVED AND SO FAR I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS LENS, SHARP IMAGES EVEN AT 400mm, AND VERY FAST FOCUSING, SAME SIZE AND WEIGHT AS THE SILVER ONE, BUT WORTH THE EXTRA $$$. USED ON AN A77 SLT

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                5.0

                Silent ...

                By AEH

                from Northern Virginia

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                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  I will use this for wildlife, but have only taken a few backyard birds with it so far.

                  Pros: Extremely sharp wide open, Fast focusing, Totally silent focusing, No zoom creep

                  Cons: Flimsy hood with flimsier polarizer door

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                  5.0

                  The best 70-400mm in the market

                  By Peter138

                  from Bonney Lake ,WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travelling
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                    This is the best 70-400mm lens in the market. The focus is sharp even with full aperture at 400mm ,no another lens can compare. The G2 is much faster AF and less hunt . The contrast , sharpness and bokeh same better than the previous one too.I highly recommend this lens for serious wildlife and bird photography.Love the lens and finishing. I think Sony ask a very reasonable price for that upgrade super fast lens.

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