Get incredibly close to your subject with the SAL-70400G super telephoto zoom lens. Part of the acclaimed G Series, this zoom lens is ideal for sports, portraits and nature photography. This uncommonly flexible 5.7X zoom goes all the way from 70mm to 400mm and features an exceptionally bright f/4-5.6 aperture. Your pictures will benefit from two Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for high contrast and low chromatic aberration. Circular aperture enables pleasing defocus effects and you’ll even enjoy quicker response with the fast, smooth, nearly-silent focusing of Sony SSM technology. When mounted to Sony APS-C format α DSLRs, this zoom lens achieves a phenomenal 105-600mm focal length.
Super Telephoto Zoom.
This superb 70-400mm zoom lens is an excellent choice for a wide range of medium to long-distance telephoto applications. (35mm equivalent when used with APS-C format cameras: 105-600mm.)
G Series Optical Performance.
Sony’s G-Series lenses are designed for maximum descriptive power, maintaining excellent peripheral light characteristics and maximizing contrast even at the edges of the frame.
Superb Minimum Focusing Distance.
With the ability to focus as closely as 5 feet (1.5m), this telephoto lens also lets you move in for dramatic shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details.
Three Focus Hold Buttons.
The lens enables to you firmly lock in focus for creative control. Focus range limiter can be set to speed auto-focus response. Focus Hold also enables image preview with the α900 D-SLR.
Focus is accomplished by moving an internal element group, so focus is faster.
Works with Optional Teleconverters.
Compatible with optional Sony SAL14TC (1.4x) which extends focal length to 560mm (35mm equivalent when used with APS-C format cameras: 840mm) and SAL20TC (2.0x) teleconverters which extends focal length to 800mm (35mm equivalent when used with APS-C format cameras: 1200mm). Teleconverters are compatible with manual focus only.
The 5.7x zoom range goes all the way from 70mm, suitable for portraits and other medium-angle shots, to a super-telephoto 400mm.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass.
Newton showed that different colors bend at different angles when they pass through glass. In lenses, this causes the problem of chromatic aberration. Sony solves the problem with two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements. You get sharp, clear images with well defined colors.
In-Camera Image Stabilization.
Works with the SteadyShot® image stabilization built into Sony α D-SLRs.
The SAL-70400G incorporates 18 elements in 12 groups for high optical precision from the center of the image all the way to the corners.
For reliable operation, the manual focus ring does not rotate in auto-focus mode.
Uncommonly fast aperture.
The f/4-5.6 aperture enables shooting at higher shutter speeds to freeze sports action.
SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor).
Powerful telephoto zoom lenses tend to have larger, heavier elements that are harder to drive in Auto Focus. Sony achieves fast, smooth, near-silent automatic focusing with the
Super Sonic wave Motor.
It delivers high torque, high speed and rapid start/stop response.
0.27x maximum magnification.
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. The lens features nine aperture blades.
Carrying case, lens caps and petal shaped lens hood.
The Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 SSM G is an impressive piece of engineering. The resolution figures are very good across the zoom range. Lateral CAs, vignetting and distortions are generally very well controlled and not field relevant. The only real optical weakness of the lens is the quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) at the long end of the zoom range. The build quality of the lens is excellent and matching or even exceeding its Canon/Nikon counterparts – some may not like the silver finish though. Thanks to the new SSM (“Supersonic Motor”) AF operations are very silent although the AF speed isn’t overly impressive (still good enough). It’s not a cheap lens but neither is the direct competition.