The amazing 70-300!!!

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by Kiwi Paul, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Veteran

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    Feb 14, 2016
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Paul
    I'm smitten with the 70-300, it arrived yesterday and I've been out twice with it, yesterday with the A7R2 and today with the A6000.
    It's sharp, detailed, great contrast, focus is spot on, handles well and works absolutely perfectly with both cameras.
    I've attached a couple of images to show, the Heron with the A7R2 and the duck with the A6000, I'll post more tomorrow.
    I'm really pleased with it, both these shots were taken at 300mm wide open, the duck at ISO 500 and the Heron at ISO 2500!!!
    Totally recommended lens.

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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Glad you like it. And those pics look good! Its definately one lens I would consider if I didn't have the 70-200G f4 - smaller, lighter and more reach: what's not to like? :)
     
  3. pbizarro

    pbizarro TalkEmount Veteran

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    Seems like a good choice for telephoto zoom. One thing that I think is positive about it is the minimum focus distance at 300mm, gives a good option for close-up nature photography. To me, the lens has 2 downsides: weight (almost 1 kg, would make for unbalanced handling-would have to grip the camera), and cost...
     
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  4. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Veteran

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    Paul
    The cost is the same as the 70-200 f4, it weighs just 15 grams more than the 70-200 is shorter and a bit larger in diameter.
    Handling is fine, the A6000 looks a bit small on it but despite this it actually isn't bad to use at all, it balances quite nicely, there's no handling issues with the A7R2 either, it also feels nicely balanced.

    The IQ is better than I expected, it really is very good, I'd rate it as high as the Olympus 40-150 f2.8 and that's an excellent lens. When using it on the A6000 it's equiv to using a 450mm lens in ff terms so plenty of reach.
     
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  5. Andromeda143

    Andromeda143 TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 19, 2015
    Melbourne, Australia
    Clive Dickinson
    Great pics, Paul. I came within a hair's breadth of buying one the other day, but after much agonising (mainly over money) I settled for a second hand Minolta 135mm f/2.8. This is not equivalent, I know, but is a compromise for the time being. On the A7RII it can get to 200mm with the APS-C setting. I wish to buy the new Samyang 14mm AF f/2.8 and have placed an order. The 70-300mm will have to wait and I will have to drool when I see your posts and those of others. Well done and good shooting with it.
     
  6. Gary Alan Box

    Gary Alan Box TalkEmount Regular

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    Oct 3, 2015
    Northampton
    Gary Alan Box
    I have the 70-200 f4 for my a6000 and was interested by this lens when it came out. The price shocked me though so I've not pulled the trigger and purchased. I would like the extra zoom to 300mm and could forgive that it's not f4 but I've seen mixed reviews. Also I like that the 70-200 zooms internally, I'm convinced dust gets inside lenses that don't. At least that's my experience with the 16-70 f4 which I really like but again is overpriced.

    Another problem is I got my 70-200 f4 for a great price and so the new prices I see for this 70-300mm would mean it's more expensive. Not sure what I would get selling the 70-200 f4 but the idea of paying more to get this lens does not appeal at the moment.
     
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  7. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Paul
    Here's a few more photos, all taken with the A6000 except the Swan which was with the A7R2 but is a massive crop.

    The next 2 are both post crops, the third photo shows the uncropped view for comparison.

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    A close up, not quite macro but gets in fairly close and shows plenty of detail.

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    White ducks, no post crop.

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    and finally the Swan, a massive post crop but still reasonable detail preserved.

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  8. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Those are beautiful!
     
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  9. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    First off, nice shots :thumbup:

    I'm curious about this quote and Gary's. In the states these lenses are not the same price. The 70-300 is $300 cheaper than the 70-200 F/4. So what are the prices like in Europe?
     
  10. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    In a well-known webshop in The Netherlands:
    FE 4/70-200 € 1699 (was € 1499 a year ago)
    FE 4.5-5.6/70-300 € 1499
    FE 2.8/70-200 € 2999

    Paul, the shots look excellent BTW, this lens looks like a really good performer.
     
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  11. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Paul
    Thanks for the comment :)

    In the UK both lenses currently sell for £1250
     
  12. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Paul
    Thanks for the comment, the lens is really good, everything I'd hoped it would be.
     
  13. Andromeda143

    Andromeda143 TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 19, 2015
    Melbourne, Australia
    Clive Dickinson
    Best price in Aus is $1579, although most are asking around $1800. The 70-200mm may be slightly cheaper ($1500-$1700)