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

(based on 34 reviews)

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96%

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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5.0

Outstanding lens

By Greg

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is an outstanding lens. I could not be happier with the reach and quality. Excellent AF speed and there is very little hunting to focus even in the golden hours. Sharp to 400mm, sharp wide open, brilliant color. The lens hood is very light weight and very flimsy. For the price the lens should be weather sealed. Note: it is not possible to access the zoom ring with the lens hood in store position.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet lens

By Sisters Country

from Sisters, OR

Verified Buyer

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

After working with this lens shooting rodeo action for the past week I can say that it is extremely quick to focus on my A99ii and seems very sharp across the whole range focal length range for a such a versatile zoom lens. It is a bit heavy but not too bad. If the bokeh was slightly better it would get a 10 out of 5.

 
5.0

Great in low light situations

By Tim

from Undisclosed

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

I was very surprised at how well it worked in low light situations.

 
5.0

I love this lens.  Sharper than my old Leica Lens.

By Tim

from Undisclosed

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

This was a great purchase for nature and wildife work, and for sports too.  I am so impressed with the quality of the images.  Sharper than some of my old Leica lenses.  It is a little heavy for hand holding so I recommend a monopod.  You will love this lens.

 
5.0

Excellent lens!!

By Osvaldo

from Macaé, RJ, Brasil

Verified Buyer

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

Very sharp and made of good materials. But, it's a bit heavy, as expected.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sharp at 400mm

By Jagtour1990

from Sacramento

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens to replace my 70-200 G2 and was hoping it would be sharp at full focal length. very pleased with results. Its great to have the extra length. I was using a 1.4x converter on the 70-200, so that put me at f4, same with the 70-400. So, now I have an extra 120mm and pleased with sharpness. I need to get used to the lens extending externally instead of the internal focus of the 70-200. Both lens can at times be sluggish with auto focus in low light. Not ideal, but overall sharpness more important. The focus issue give it 4 out of 5 stars. (Sharpness 5 stars)

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Compares well with Nikon, but not Canon

By Roy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good and useful lens, compares very well with the Nikon 80-400mm, but nowhere nearly as good as the Canon 100-400mm. The autofocusing is mediocre on the Sony E-mount bodies, with either the LA-EA3 or LA-EA4 adapters. So don't buy this for using with your A7R II or A6500 or whatever. It's a very useful lens for the A-mount cameras.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By rgwaller1

from Plantation, Fl.

Verified Buyer

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

The lens is very sharp and the focus is fast. I use it on my A77II and A7RII with very nice results.

(2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sharp & Satisfying

    By Foothill Bigfoot

    from Meadow Vista, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    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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      • No
       
      4.0

      Sony 70-400mm zoom

      By HOGPILOT

      from INDIANAPOLIS, IN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      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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      • No
       
      5.0

      very good lens

      By warbler

      from Maine

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (35 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not convinced yet

      By Jasef

      from Eugene, OR

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Pleasant Surprise

        By BrianK

        from Seattle

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        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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        • No

        (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love It

          By Dale Robert

          from Troy, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          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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              • No

              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Got up close and personable with this le

              By the half inch bender

              from SanAntonio, Texas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Excellent Glass

              By Sully

              from North Jersey

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (7 of 16 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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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