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Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens Review

The Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM II is a high quality 70-300mm zoom lens for both full frame and APS-C interchangeable mirrorless cameras. When mounted on the APS-C bodies it will give an equivalent field of view to a 105-400mm lens on a full frame body.

This lens is often compared with the older 70-200mm f/4 lens and looking at the overall ratings for both lenses the 70-200mm wins with an overall rating of 4.71 (based on 511 reviews) vs the newer 70-300mm lens having 4.57 out of 5 stars (based on 325 reviews). The Advantages of the 70-200mm are the constant f/4 aperture and the removable tripod mount while the advantage of the 70-300mm lens is the slightly smaller/lighter size and the extra 100mm of telephoto reach.

Pricing*

  • Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM II - $1149.99

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What I Like

Image Stabilization
Lens Hood Included
Excellent Image Quality

What I Don't Like

Price
Size
72mm filter thread (most 70-300mm lenses feature a 67mm or smaller filter thread)

The Bottom Line

Overall this is an excellent lens. It offers better image and build quality than your typical consumer 70-300mm zoom lens. Canon is the only other manufacturer to make a pro grade 70-300mm lens and this lens is pretty close to matching the Canon.

This lens (as well as the 70-200mm f/4) pairs well with the 16-35mm f/4 on full frame bodies – especially since both lenses take a 72mm filter. Throw in the 50mm f/1.8 for low-light and general purpose shooting and you have a very good 3-lens kit. On APS-C bodies this lens compliments either the 16-70mm f/4 Zeiss or the newer 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6. Throw in a 10-18mm and you have an excellent 3-lens zoom kit that goes from 10mm (15mm equivalent) to 450mm.

The real question becomes should you get this lens or the 70-200mm f/4 lens? While the 70-200mm lens is a little bit better overall in the ratings, if you need more reach or want a smaller/lighter lens then the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM II is a great option and should be strongly considered. If you need the faster f/4 constant aperture and don’t mind the extra cost, weight and bulk, then the 70-200mm f/4 lens is the lens for you.

Overall User Rating

4.57 out of 5

based on 325 user reviews online.

: 70% (228.48)
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Specs

Focal Length 70 - 300 mm
Max Aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22-29
Minimum Focus distance 35.4 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.31x
Number of Elements 16
Number of Groups 13
Aperture Blade Design Rounded
Number of Aperture Blades 9
Filter Size 72 mm
Diameter 3.31 in.
Length 5.65 in.
Weight 1.9 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Metal
Tripod Collar None
Weather Sealed Yes
Distance Scale No
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Shade Included

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