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Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Lens

by Sony
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List Price: $1,798.00
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  • Aperture (Max.) - F4.0 - F5.6
  • Aperture (Min.) - F22.0 - F32.0
  • Aspheric Elements - 0(0 surface)
  • Blades - 9 aperture blades
  • Focal Length - 70-400mm

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Technical Details

  • Circular aperture for smooth defocus effects
  • Auto Clutch for reliable operation
  • Smooth Manual Focusing
  • Three Focus Hold Buttons
  • Internal Focusing

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 6.5 x 6 inches ; 3.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: SAL70400G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The SAL70400G lens is a 5.7x super telephoto zoom lens and the latest addition to Sony’s G-series line of premium lenses. Designed to deliver extremely sharp descriptive performance across its wide focal length range, it is ideally suited for sports, action and wildlife photography.

Constructed of 18 elements in 12 groups, it includes two extra-low dispersion glass lenses for high contrast, sharp details, and exceptional center-to-edge resolution with minimal chromatic aberration. A circular aperture with nine diaphragm blades is utilized to achieve natural, aesthetically-pleasing de-focusing effects.

With a minimum focus distance of 1.5m and maximum magnification of 0.27x, the lens delivers best-in-class performance. Like the SAL1635ZA lens, focus drive is provided by its SSM system, which offers the speed and rotational precision often required for telephoto shooting. Additionally, the lens has an internal focusing system for faster auto focusing.

A focus-mode/range switch and three focus-hold buttons have been added to the lens barrel for enhanced operability.

When attached to the flagship a900 camera body, the AF hold buttons can be customized to activate the intelligent preview function.

Product Description

Sony System 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Build quality is top notch.
S. Paradise
Its focus is super fast and there is very little hunting to lock on target, even when locking on the subject at 400mm.
The picture quality is very good with sharpness, color and boken.
N Doxey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By N Doxey on June 12, 2010
I have owned this lens for nearly a year and use it mainly for shooting landscapes, wildlife and birding. I love the 70-400mm range. I use with both an A300 and A700 camera. There is a definite performance difference between the two camera bodies. The lens is much more responsive on the A700 for moving subjects (try panning a bird going by at 30 mph with quick changes in vertical pitch). Focus is not an issue if I obtain focus on the subject zoomed out and then move in. You cannot get quick focus on a different moving subject when zoomed in. The picture quality is very good with sharpness, color and boken. I believe that most of my missed shots with the lens are my fault. The photographer's skills in using equipment is far more important than specific features of the equipment anyway.

I use a monopod but have good results shooting from the hip so to speak by holding the lens body with only my hands. I was in Yellowstone National Park recently and a person walked up to me and asked me how I could use the lens without a tripod and the answer is because it is attached to a Sony body. The Sony Super Steady image stabilization system works great.

Since I use the lens outside so much, including the winter months, I do not like the silver finish because it is not durable. I would rather have a durable black finish than could take a few bumps without incidents and so wildlife cannot spot me easily. I am very unhappy that the lens does not have a lens lock. I use a holster type bag that I modified myself so the I can protect the lens between shots while keeping the lens hood attached. As I lift the camera out of the bag vertically is a pain since the lens will extend due to gravity.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on May 22, 2009
I have been using this lens for the past three weeks. Mostly to shoot local league Rugby, Soccer, and Baseball. Let me say up front, if you do not have a monopod get one now. The total weight of a A700 and this lens is about 4.5 pounds. If you include the A700 grip you are lugging around about 6 pounds of gear. For the images you get its is well worth it the weight. For the bang for the buck this has got to be the best Sony lens out there. With the 1.5x crop factor on most of the Sony DLSR's (only the A900 is full frame) this becomes an effective 105-600mm zoom. It's used mostly at the 400mm (equivalent) setting and my shots are tack sharp even wide open. Since I use this mostly for sports I keep the camera is in shutter priority setting, usually at 1/1000 or 1/800 of a second. Focusing seems a bit faster with the built in SSM as opposed to the screw drive on the other lenses but not much different. Because the SSM uses a bit of battery power you will experience fewer shots per charge. The only negative about this lens is that when zoomed the lens does extend quite a bit. I had hoped that it's length remained the same throughout the zoom range as my Tamron 70-200 F2.8 does. But this is a small quibble when you factor in the image resolution and very fair price for a premium lens. Another plus, the silver finish really looks great. It really stands out nicely when I'm in the press box with the Canikon crowd.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Paradise on November 21, 2009
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Have owned many lenses of this focal length . Namely the Nikon 80-400mm, Canon 100-400mm , etc and I have to say the Sony is a fine lens . Fast and very quiet AF. Very sharp for a lens in this focal range.Build quality is top notch. The focus limiter is a great help when in low light as all these type lenses hunt a bit in difficult light.Some have a problem with the silver finish on the lens but I thought it looked cool plus is reflective which prevents the lens from getting too warm in sunshine.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on May 13, 2010
Very sharp wide open throughout its range,
Fast and Silent Focusing with SSM,
Nice Colors,
Build quality

None realy, though for some weight could be an issue.
High cost, but you get what you pay for.
Bokeh is not as smooth at times at the long end.
SSM tends to drain the battery faster I have noticed.

compared to:
Sony 70-300G
Sigma 100-300 f4 EX DG

I decided to take the plunge with this lens and see what all the fuss was about. I definitely found out. Wow! I love this lens and it stays mounted on my camera unless I need a wide shot.
It is sharp throughout its range even wide open! I have found that I have a higher "keep" rate with my pictures as compared to the other two above mentioned lens. Both of them are about the same in terms of sharpness to me but this beauty is in another league. What an amazing lens! It even works with my Sigma 1.4TC EX DG non HSM in auto focus mode.
One draw back to this lens is the bokeh is not as pleasing as the Sigma. It is also not as fast as the Sigma.
If you can afford it you will not be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tuan Pham on January 16, 2011
For some reasons I didn't trust Sony's lenses until I used this one (psychologically I was unable to connect Sony to photography like I could for Minolta Konica). I bought the A700 camera just because it's rooted in Minolta Konica engineering (and because I can use my existing Minolta lenses without buying more lenses).

But, Sony took photography technology more seriously than I thought. I am very please with the A700 camera, now I'm very please with this lense.

Sharpness: normally worst at max zoom. But at 400mm I took a picture of a bird about 30 feet away, the cropped image was as razor sharp as similar image was taken with a good 50mm lense 3 feet away.
Autofocus is really fast and quiet, it focused so fast and quiet that I thought it didn't do anything, but everything was always in focus as I spanned the camera around. Thanks to the SSM motor (SSM stands for SuperSonic Motor). Having the focusing motor in the lense can reduce the strain on the focusing motor residing in the camera body.

If I have to complain about this lense, it would be its weight. It's almost 4 lbs. Adding your camera's weight on top of that you can't hold your camera steadily for long ! You may want to take a monopod with you.
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