Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G (SAL-70300G) - APS-C Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Sony Alpha/NEX (APS-C)
Thursday, 24 July 2008 10:00

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the Alpha 700 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne v4.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/500s
Size 2848x4272
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Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/500s
Size 4272x2848
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Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/6.3 @ 1/1250s
Size 4272x2848
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Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 70.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/1250s
Size 2848x4272
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Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/250s
Size 2848x4272
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Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/160s
Size 2848x4272
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Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 210.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/200s
Size 2848x4272
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Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 640
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/640s
Size 4272x2848

Verdict

The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G is high quality lens and possibly the best of the breed (70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 class). The resolution figures are very good across the zoom range. Lateral CAs, vignetting and distortions are generally well controlled and not really field relevant. While not formally tested the quality of the bokeh is pleasing - an important aspect for a tele lens. The build quality of the lens is very good and better than the mainstream. Thanks to the new SSM ("Supersonic Motor") AF operations are very silent although it doesn't transform the lens into an AF speed demon. If anything the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G has one problem - its price tag. At around 700-800€/US$ it is not exactly a cheap item. Undoubtedly you are getting bangs for your bucks but you may also wonder whether this rectifies the rather massive price difference compared to the corresponding Nikon or Canon lenses. That said the 70-300mm G remains a very desirable lens for those seeking for a quality tele zoom lens without the price and weight burden of a 70-200mm f/2.8 or 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6.

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