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


With a DxOMark score of 15, the Sony 70-400mm lens performs well and is one the most impressive zooms of its type. Transmission, Distortion, Vignetting and Chromatic Aberration scores are all excellent. The only weakness is that it could be sharper at full aperture but it is consistent across the field.


The Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II has good sharpness throughout the aperture range, although it could be better at full aperture.


While sharpness is a little on the low side at full aperture, edge-to-edge sharpness is good across the zoom range (70mm pictured left, 400mm pictured right)