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The Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6G SSM contains 18 elements in 12 groups (including two ED elements) and a fast supersonic wave motor for rapid autofocus. It also has curved aperture blades to keep the out-of-focus highlights smooth, two focus range limiting switches to speed up autofocus, and three focus preset buttons.
OK, first thing is first: this is one of the strangest looking lenses I’ve ever seen. It has a shiny silver color, and when you zoom, the internal barrel extends about half a mile out of the body, leading one person to comment that my lens was getting excited whenever I zoomed in on creatures at the zoo.
So I just started telling people to make sure they didn’t look directly into the end of the barrel since the ultraviolet laser was invisible to the human eye. Most of the crowd moved back to a respectful distance and left me alone after that, except for one older lady with a PETA shirt on, who started making notes in a little notebook and muttering under her breath something about exposing animals to laser radiation.
Using it is a pleasure: It is sharper and focuses much faster than the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 HSM OS for Sony and is light enough that hand-holding it for the whole day didn’t leave me tired. It is a great all-purpose telephoto lens that I recommend highly—better than the equivalent Canon and Nikon telephoto zooms.
- Filter Size
- 77mm (nonrotating front element)
- f4-22 (70mm)/ f5.6-32 (400mm)
- 3.3 lb (without tripod collar)
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 5.0 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 34 to 6 degrees
- Zoom method
- Barrel extending, nonrotating
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- Internal, Full time active, SSM motor, focus hold button
- Aperture Blades
- 9, circular
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Sony Alpha
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