- Zoom Telephoto
- For Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series
- 70-300mm (35mm Equivalent: 105-450mm)
- ED Glass For Sharp Imaging
Recreate the moment with precision and clarity when you attach this G-Series 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lens to your powerful α DSLR camera.
A superb telephoto zoom lens that’s easy to carry. The Sony G-Series 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens is a brilliant performer for a wide range of medium-distance and long shots, with SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) design for fast, silent auto-focus, ED glass to virtually eliminate chromatic aberration, focus hold button and more. Minimum focusing distance of about 4 feet (1.2m) lets you move in close to your subject—and even at full zoom extension it captures sharp, clear images thanks to the benefit of Super SteadyShot® image stabilization built into every Sony α system DSLR. (35mm equivalent: 105-450mm).
Compact Design, All-Around Versatility
This superb 70-300mm zoom lens is an excellent choice for a wide range medium to long-distance telephoto applications — and its lightweight design lets you leave it on-camera or carry it easily as an accessory lens for special purposes (35mm equivalent: 105-450mm).
In-Camera Image Stabilization
A major reason for its compact, lightweight design is the benefit of Super SteadyShot® in-camera image stabilization, built into every Sony & 945 system DSLR — and enabling accessory lenses to eliminate the extra weight and expense of in-lens stabilization mechanisms.
Smooth Manual Focusing
An easy-grip focus ring on the lens barrel gives you a solid “hands-on” feel in manual focusing.
Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Short Minimum Focusing Distance
With the ability to focus as closely as 4 feet (1.2m), this telephoto lens also lets you move in for dramatic shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details.
Focus Hold Button
For creative control and image preview, a focus hold button conveniently located on the lens barrel lets you firmly lock in focus — and a focus range limiter can be set to speed auto-focus response.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
Because light of different wavelength (or color) bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass is used to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.
Superb Optical Performance
Sony’s G-Series lenses are designed for maximum descriptive power, maintaining excellent peripheral light characteristics and minimizing contrast drop-off even at the edges of the frame.
SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.
Multi-Element Design with Internal Focusing
The SAL-70300G is designed with 16 lens elements in 11 groups, with internal focusing so the balance of your camera never changes.
The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G is high quality lens and possibly the best of the breed (70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 class). The resolution figures are very good across the zoom range. Lateral CAs, vignetting and distortions are generally well controlled and not really field relevant. While not formally tested the quality of the bokeh is pleasing – an important aspect for a tele lens. The build quality of the lens is very good and better than the mainstream. Thanks to the new SSM (“Supersonic Motor”) AF operations are very silent although it doesn’t transform the lens into an AF speed demon. If anything the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G has one problem – its price tag. At around 700-800€/US$ it is not exactly a cheap item. Undoubtedly you are getting bangs for your bucks but you may also wonder whether this rectifies the rather massive price difference compared to the corresponding Nikon or Canon lenses. That said the 70-300mm G remains a very desirable lens for those seeking for a quality tele zoom lens without the price and weight burden of a 70-200mm f/2.8 or 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6.
The Sony 70-300G SSM f4.5-f5.6 is easy to like when it comes to image quality. It is easy to like in its form and function. The zoom range is a very popular and usable range that can cover quite a bit of photography opportunities. The build quality is also very good if you don’t mind the majority of the outer shell being made of composites and rubber. On the plus side they do shed heat faster than metal, and overall adapt to changing temperatures quicker while being relatively shock and dent proof. However, on the down side of that is that this is first G lens with a composite outer shell, and standing up to the rigors of professional demands remain to be proven.