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Sony SAL70300G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM ED G-Series Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens

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  • Lightweight design, easy to carry everywhere
  • Broad telephoto zoom range from 70-300mm
  • Superb descriptive power to capture more detail
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass for sharp imaging
  • SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) for fast, silent auto-focus

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL-70300G
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 70 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 300 mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0013GQ2WU
  • Item model number: SAL-70300G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM

Customer Reviews

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Very high quality images.
James A. Frissina
It also travels well in terms of its size and weight.
z
Super quiet motor (SSM) and fast to focus.
Desmond John Hay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Michael on June 12, 2008
I purchased this lens to upgrade from the SAL75300, and what an upgrade it is! I was happy with the SAL75300, but felt the focus could be faster. The 'G' lens with SSM drive is VERY fast, And silent. I've only had the 'G' for a few days, but I used it at a water polo tourney and every shot was a keeper. Super sharp, well saturated colors, and everything else you could ask for from a 'G' series lens. A real winner with the A700 body.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Sami B on October 21, 2008
i used the "Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens" . it was a big disappointment.
i thought the G series is expensive, compared to other Sony lenses, but I still got it.
The SAL70300G is amazing. I used it extensively in wildlife shooting on A700, and the results were great.
its absolutely silent (which is not a luxury when you do not want to scare an animal away), fast (animals will not wait for your focus) and sharp (a must).
But, it was slow in focussing around sunrise and sunset times in the shadows.
I believe that cheaper alternatives are a big waste of money.

conclusion: strongly recommend it
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By MustangGT500 on May 5, 2009
These pretty much sums up what I think about this lens.

CONS:
- love the hood but sometimes its way too big to bring along.
- small aperture (wish it was 4)
- built is a bit plastiky (guess thats necessary for weight reduction)
- hunts in low light
- dust-loving focus and zoom rubber grip

PROS:
- color from the images it produces are excellent
- sharp and nice contrast from 70 to 300
- very quiet
- love how you can ASSIST the AF with the manual focus ring.
- no visible PF even 100% wide open
- virtually CA-free
- focus limiter very handy
- weight is reasonably light
- balances very well with the A700
- perfect range for A900

For some reason, I can't take it off the camera ;D
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By z on June 6, 2011
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I took this lens on a trip to Costa Rica and I have only a few comments to add to the very thoughtful posted by others, most of which are on target and consistent with my own limited experience with this lens (I took a few thousand shots on this trip).

First, the lens performs as advertised. The colors are awesome and the images are clear in good light. It is well built (nothing cheap about the build). It also travels well in terms of its size and weight. I had no problems carrying it around with me all day. This was my lens of choice on this trip. The Sony 16-105mm spent most of the trip in the bag.

Second, the lens struggles in low light conditions with fast moving objects such as birds beneath a forest canopy or cloudy skies. The hummingbird was tough to photograph as were other birds in flight (see above a minor success in a pretty good light). Anything over 200mm was a waste unless the lighting was excellent. This last comment is not intended to be a knock on the lens, which is not sold as performing under these conditions. It is meant as a reminder to potential buyers, not to expect the lens to perform photographic miracles in low light. Photographic miracles of this sort can be purchased starting at about twice the price and upward.

In sum, this lens is a solid value. It should serve me well, particularly in northern Nevada where I live, where sunshine is abundant and conditions are ideal for this lens. For my regular trips to the tropics, I will have to look at a lens more suitable lens to low light conditions, such as the Zeiss 135 mm.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mussolini on July 25, 2011
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I am very pleased with the quality of the 70-300mm G lens. When compared to the Tamron 70-300mm (2006 model), it is leaps ahead in terms of performance and image quality. SSM is smooth and accurate. The glass is top quality. It is ideal for outdoor, day shooting. This is where the lens shines. The photos are very sharp at all focal lengths. Close up of bird flying, kids playing soccer, or close up of a flower... Excellent.

My only complaint would be that the f/4.5 goes to f/5 at ~100mm and to f/5.6 at ~135mm. So its about f/5.6 more than half of the zoom range. This means it's not really that effective indoors or low light situations. I change lenses for those situations.

In the end, it is a lens between the low end and a 70-200mm f/2.8 (For Sony, ~$1600). You will not be disappointed if you're looking for a quality lens that doesn't break the bank, and one you can transfer to a full frame camera if you so choose.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Philip on September 26, 2010
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As other reviewers have noted, this is a bright light lens. If you can't figure that out from the aperture rating, you probably aren't ready for this lens. It's really sharp, the colors are excellent, and it focuses just as fast and silently as Sony claims. All of that, plus the quality you can feel in it's construction, makes this a real pleasure to use. It's plastic, yes, but that keeps the weight down, and it still has a very high quality feel. I've carefully compared this lens to the Minolta Maxxum 100-300 F4.5-5.6. Under the best conditions, it can be difficult to tell which lens produced which photo. But challenge the lens a bit, and the G lens leaves the Maxxum in the dust. The focus is much faster on the G lens. The edge resolution is much better, and the chromatic aberration control of the G lens is light waves ahead of the Maxxum. And pretty much every other lens I've ever used.

The hood is indeed big. You're not subtle when you're swinging this lens plus hood around. I often use it without the hood. I store it with the hood reversed, of course, and you've got to take the hood off to use the lens. The hood covers the focus ring and the zoom ring. The focus ring is closest to the body, unlike most lenses I've used. It works well.

One feature this lens needs and lacks is a zoom lock. If you're carrying this around on the camera, when you point it down gravity causes the barrel to extend. It's a minor annoyance, but I'm surprised the lens doesn't have a lock. I wish I could take the lock off of my Tamron 17-50 (which has it and doesn't need it) and put it on this lens (which needs it but doesn't have it).

Is this lens worth the money? You have to decide that for yourself. For me, it was worth it. This lens consistently produces very high quality shots, and it's a pleasure to use.
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