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

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Sony 70-300mm Lens The Sony SAL-70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM AF Lens, a medium-through-long telephoto with an in-lens supersonic-wave motor (SSM) for smoother more silent autofocus operations. This G zoom lens traverses a wide range of most frequent telephoto shooting environments. The lens resembles a 35mm SLR film camera at a 105-450mm focal range.

Having a complete range of modes aimed at professional photographers, this lens provides crisp, color-shift-free photos across the entire area at all aperture settings. Highest-quality multi-coatings enhance transmittance and decrease flaring to maintain contrast.

For innovative control and framing preview, a hold focus button located on the barrel of the lens lets you securely lock in focus, plus the focus range limiter may be set to hasten auto-focus responses. There's smooth manual focusing with an easy-to-grip focus ring placed on the barrel of the lens provides a firm °hands-on° feeling while focusing manually The lens also has a Multi-Element layout plus Internal Focusing.

Unless you always shoot in a clear bright sunny environment, the 70-300 lens will not be at it's best. The f/4.5 aperture only goes to 90mm and becomes f/5.6 starting at 90-300mm and becoming totally unacceptable in overcast environments especially if you need to capture fast moving subjects. Towards 300mm, the IQ becomes questionable at best, and is actually it's not acceptable for a lens in this price and quality range (Additionally it's overpriced too).

The SSM G can be a solid performer, although Sony made a big mistake by stopping-it-down so much for starters, it will never be as multipurpose as a constant f/4 lens, making it no better from an aperture standpoint as any budget lens!

Although the SSM G rises high above analogous focal length lenses while creating quality pictures. It's a big downer that the aperture range plus an inability to perform well in any environment other than bright lighting situations. As the case may be I think it's over-rated and overpriced. If you need a better option, although heavier and more costly, a Sigma 100-300mm could be a more intelligent move.  Sep 1, 2011. Typical internet price $849.  Announced Jan 30, 2008 ✓

Features

SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor)
Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing. It achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response and encorporates a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied.

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.

Focus-Range Limit
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.

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.

Smooth Manual Focusing
An easy-grip focus ring on the lens barrel gives you a solid "hands-on" feel in manual focusing.

Circular Aperture
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.

Compact Design, All-Around Versatility
This 70-300mm zoom lens is a wide-range, medium- to long-distance telephoto. Its lightweight design lets you leave it on-camera or carry it easily as an accessory lens.

Short Minimum Focusing Distance
With the ability to focus as closely as 4 feet (1.2 m), this telephoto lens also lets you move in for dramatic shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details.

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.

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Specifications
Overview
Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length70 – 300 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Sony Alpha  
Angle of view 34-8° (based on 35mm format)  
Aperture
Largest aperture opening F4.5 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F29.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Aperture annotations Circular aperture  
Optics
Total Elements 16  
Number of Groups 11  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 1.20 m (47.24")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.25 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical
Overall weight760 g (1.68 lb)  
Lens diameter 83 mm (3.25")  
Overall length 136 mm (5.33")  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Filter thread size 62 mm  
Filter annotations non rotating  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code petal shaped hood  
Tripod collar included No

Lens Includes

• Sony SAL-70300G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM Autofocus Lens
• Front & Rear Lenscaps
• SH0010 Lens Hood
• 1-Year Warranty

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Sony SAL 70-300mm SSM G Lens Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5