As a pro, this lens in my kit has broadened my scope of what I can produce.
3 weeks ago
Summary: Now I put five stars for size and weight, but it is a heavy unit, but it does more than I expected. I forgot quickly about the weight and reveled in the sharpness and ease of use. top lens for those that want to be a hot shooter for a decent price.
6 SSM lens is a great wildlife lens for those using the Sony line of ...
Sandra Samuelson "Scrutiny", Amazon
2 August 2014
Summary: The Sony SAL70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 SSM lens is a great wildlife lens for those using the Sony line of A mount DSLR cameras. It gives very sharp images and focuses quickly and quietly. If your subject moves slightly before you can snap the picture, you can adjust the focus without switching over to manual mode like a lot of lenses.
Summary: There is no comparison between the "G" series lenses and those you would buy over the counter at the local big box store. Then again the price difference between this lense and a kit lense is substantially different as well. Lots of comments have been made about this lense and the weight. Believe those comments. The lense is heavy and isn't really a good 'walking around' lense.
Summary: I have used this for capturing pictures of People and landscape. It does the job well. Cant help to think that Sony Glass would be a little better. It just starts me thinking that I want a fixed length prime with more light gathering capabilities, that of course would be priced at the same point as a used car. I can get more utility out of a used car than a lens.
Awesome lens -- super SHARP even wide open at 400mm
21 February 2013
Summary: No need to stop this lens down to gain sharpness, it maintains tack-sharp image at the extremes. I've owned this lens for over 3 years; purchased it February 2010 from Amazon for $1600 (yes, Sony has upped the price a couple of times since). This lens replaced my old Minolta 100-400, which was a "good" lens, but was somewhat disappointing at 400mm unless stopped down. This lens will not disappoint!! Is sharp at all focal lengths.