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Sony SEL70350G E 70–350 mm F4.5–6.3 G OSS APS-C lens

DaveC

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ILCE-6000    E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS    139mm    f/10.0    1/640s    ISO 200
 

Richard Crowe

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I am quite happy with the image quality that I get from this lens - wide open at f/6.3
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ILCE-6600    E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS    350mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    ISO 320
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ILCE-6600    E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS    350mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    ISO 320
 

Kirkp

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B&H listed an open box SEL70350G with Sony USA warranty for $800 so I decided to quit lusting after this lens and grab it. I hope to have a few critter photos to post soon. I was a little worried about buying open box, but it was $100 lower than the lowest sale price, and B&H has a great reputation.
 

Richard Crowe

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My photo gear choices fluctuate - the new Tamron 150-500mm lens for Sony E-mount has made me think...
I presently own the Sony 70-200mm f/4 G OSS and 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS lenses...
Although, I have not done a head to head comparison between the two Sony lenses, I tend to like them both for their attributes:
They are both very sharp lenses and have fast auto focus capabilities.
1. The 70-200mm is a constant f/4.0 and it also internally focuses. I have used this lens quite a bit for portraits of both people and dogs and really like it.
2. The 70-350mm is both lighter in weight and has almost twice the focal range. However the aperture is variable and light is reduced fairly quickly when zooming to a longer focal length. Since COVID-19 squashed my portrait work, I have not done much along that line with this lens.
Of course, the 70-200mm can be used on both full-frame and crop-sensor cameras.
Since I own both lenses, I have several choices:
Keep and use both lenses - although there is quite an overlap...
Sell the 70-200mm and use the 70-350mm as my telephoto zoom...
Sell the 70-350mm and keep the 70-200mm plus purchase the Tamron 150-500mm zoom for Sony E-mount. That way, I am not restricted to crop sensor for a long tele lens. Additionally, when using the Tamron (although it is heavier in weight) I would have an equivalent 225mm to 750mm focal range on my APSC camera and 150-500mm on the A7iii...
I like the Tamron choice of adding an Arca Compatible (A/C) foot to their tripod collars. I have third party collars with A/C grooves for both my 70-200mm and 70-350mm lenses.
BTW: I tend to like the A6600 a bit better than the A6400 when using a physically large lens because of the deeper hand grip.
 
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Kirkp

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I received the lens yesterday. Since it was open box I looked it over it carefully and checked it for decentering. All is good. Now I need to work on my skills and settings for shooting critters at that focal length. I walked to a nearby wetland and found this female red winged blackbird preparing to fly. I think I’m going to enjoy this new toy.

Decentering check method:
https://phillipreeve.net/blog/how-to-check-how-decentered-your-lens-is/
 

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