Sony 70-400mm review: one of the sharpest super-zooms for wild life photography

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Sony 70-400mm lens performance | Sony 70-400mm versus competition | Conclusion

Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II mounted on Sony A900 Vs Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Canon mounted on Canon EOS 5D Mark III Vs Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM mounted on Sony A900

Although we haven’t been able to test the earlier version of the Sony 70-400mm, the new lens out-performs the firm’s current 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM, and that’s not just at one end of the range, as you might expect but at each focal length.

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Both the Sony 70-400mm and Sigma 120-400mm have superior sharpness at 300mm than the Sony 70-300mm

The Sony 70-400mm also compares favorably to the Sigma though that lens and camera combination has even better uniformity of sharpness than the Sony. It’s also much more accessibly priced and has built-in stabilization (an added cost during the design and manufacturing processes, even if the Sony SLT cameras have it built into the body).