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Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6 Lens

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Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6 lens

Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6 lens

Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6 lens

Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6 lens

Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6 lens


Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6 MTF Chart

Optical design

Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Sony A / Minolta A

First year of production: 2008

Optical design: 18 elements in 12 groups (2 ED)

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor
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Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
70mm - 400mmf/4.0 - f/5.6f/2291.5771490/52,6196/7,7

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The Sony AF 70-400 mm  f/ 4-5.6

  • Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM)
  • Equivalent focal length 105-600 mm (for crop cameras)
  • Diagonal angle of view 34-6.10° (for full-frame cameras)
  • Diagonal angle of view 23-4° (for crop cameras)
  • Non-rotating front element with a filter
  • Circular 9-blade aperture
  • Minimum aperture  22 - 32
  • Maximum magnification 0.27
  • Maximum diameter  94.5 mm
  • Maximum length 282 mm
  • ALC-SH107 petal hood and case included

The Sony 70-400mm  f/4-5.6 G SSM (SAL-70400G)  is a high-quality telephoto zoom lens featuring a wide range of focal lengths and silent autofocusing, which makes it convenient for shooting sporting events and wild life photography. G tag in the lens name indicates high quality and reliable mechanism of the lens. The optical scheme of the lens includes ED glass elements to increase image sharpness and minimize chromatic aberrations.

The lens features convenient controls, including a focus modes switch, a focus range limiter, and three focus hold buttons to instantly quit AF mode when composing a photo.

After focusing you can manually tweak focus with a focus ring. Original teleconverters on the Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G (SAL-70400G) can operate in manual mode only. Some third party teleconverters enable the use of the lens in AF mode as well. The lens hood has a gap which allows you to adjust a polarizing filter with the hood attached.

The Sony AF 70-400 mm f/ 4-5.6 SAL-70400G is equipped with the ADI-compatible distance encoder system for a flash, whose algorithm was designed by Minolta for precise light dosage depending on subject reflectance and background illumination. ADI-TTL is supposed to be used when a flash is directed to a subject, which corresponds at most to the task of shooting remote subjects.

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Posted by: a2012   Date of publication: 02.10.2010

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Autor: Yuri Degtyarev
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Mechanical quality5.001
Optical quality5.001
Pricing / Value3.001
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