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Sony70-400mm f/4-5.6 G2 Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Strong construction (20)
  • Consistent output (16)
  • Easily interchangeable (14)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (20)
  • Sports/action (15)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Weddings (4)
  • Macro photography (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Another Great Sony 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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not convinced yet

After reading the accolades about this lens I question myself and what I'm experiencing, but I have to say that, provisionally, the sharpness of this lens at full magnification is much inferior to...Read complete review

After reading the accolades about this lens I question myself and what I'm experiencing, but I have to say that, provisionally, the sharpness of this lens at full magnification is much inferior to the Sony 70=300G SSM. Granted I'm still checking it out but I'm taken aback by the difference when I compare the two using a focus card from 50 ft. If anyone can tell me why I'm getting bad results please tell me as I have this lens scheduled for return.

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1.0

Very Disappointed

By JAC43

from Atlanta, Georgia

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

    I bought this lens for my a7Rii to take nature pix. The quality of the photos at the longer focal lengths is so poor I sent it back for repairs. Some improvement but still not as good as my 70-200mm lens. I took it on a 35 day trip to South Africa and missed the return window. Otherwise, I would have returned it. I expect more from Sony.

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    5.0

    Great lense!

    By Nursebrent

    from El Paso

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

    Fast and crisp great in low light.

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    5.0

    Sharp & Satisfying

    By Foothill Bigfoot

    from Meadow Vista, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I bought this to use with my A7rII via the LAEA3 Sony Adapter wanting a long lens. The pair function flawlessly providing exposure information and auto-focus. This is an A mount lens and requires an adapter to use on an e-mount system.

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      4.0

      Sony 70-400mm zoom

      By HOGPILOT

      from INDIANAPOLIS, IN

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Seems to be all that I expected. Going to take it on next big trip for in the field experience. Works with my Nex6 Sony with the adaptor just fine. Pictures appear crisp and sharp and little to disappoint. Not a photo pro so don't have a lot of technical stuff to say about it. Little heavy but knew that going in. Going to have a monpod tho help steady the shots at 300-400mm.

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      5.0

      very good lens

      By warbler

      from Maine

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I use this lens for birds. You need a very steady hand or a good tripod. At long lengths you have to be extremely steady. It is heavy, but it produces great shots.

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      3.0

      Not convinced yet

      By Jasef

      from Eugene, OR

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      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

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

        After reading the accolades about this lens I question myself and what I'm experiencing, but I have to say that, provisionally, the sharpness of this lens at full magnification is much inferior to the Sony 70=300G SSM. Granted I'm still checking it out but I'm taken aback by the difference when I compare the two using a focus card from 50 ft. If anyone can tell me why I'm getting bad results please tell me as I have this lens scheduled for return.

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        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Pleasant Surprise

        By BrianK

        from Seattle

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

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

        This lens has surprised me. A prior reviewer said it exceeded expectations. The same has been true for me on a Sony a77MII. I am getting nice, bright, sharp actions shots (sports primarily) even at full telephoto. I condider this lens essential for baseball or fastpitch because of the bad shooting locations you usually have to deal with. I also use it a great deal for soccer. I had not expected the level of sharpness that I am getting. Be advised that this is not a fast lens, so if you are shooting in less than brightly lit conditions you are going to have to make some iso and/or speed compromises, but Sony brand fast lens with this amount of reach are extremely pricey (and those do not zoom!) Also, please be advised that this lens zooms externally, and not internally,as is the case with the SAL70200GII. Consider a monopod. This is heavy lens for handheld, and at 400mm (550mm on an APS-C camera) you will need all the steadiness you can get. Finally, know that this lens is not compatible with Sony teleconverters.

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        5.0

        Exceeded my expectations

        By RAD

        from Florida

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Used correctly, thi lens in nothing short of outstanding. I had the previous version and when using it with my A99, I was not impressed. The G2 is really different. The AF is much faster and more accurate. The CA is well controlled, and contrast/sharpness is more than i hoped for. The best sharpmess is at f5.6-f8.

          The lens is mounted on my Sony A77II which gives the effect of a 600mm f4/5.6 lens at a fraction of the price of a prime 600mm on a 24MP full frame. OK, the prime is sharper, but not as much as you might think. On many of my shots, there is not any signigicant difference with my Canon 600mm. I attribute these results to the fact that the A77II and this lens are two of the very best products that Sony has.

          The end result is that I am doing far more nature photography with this combo than with my previous prime and full frame set-up.

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          (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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              (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best telephoto zoom. PERIOD.

              By EvenPar8462

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              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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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fully usable wide open at 400mm

                By N.C.

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great lens for various uses

                  By shuntakano

                  from Renton, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

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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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