In today’s video I’ll be looking at the Sony 70-400 f4-5.6 SAL G SSM II lens. This is a Sony Alpha Mount lens that has been adapted for use on the Sony a7R II by the use of the LA-EA3 adapter.
This is a very good lens — optically superb at maximum aperture and, considering the range and the maximum aperture throughout the range (f5.6) not too large (a bit larger than a 70-200 f2.8 style lens).
It is not an inexpensive lens — this is one that is probably for more of a serious photographer or working pro — someone who can justify the over $2k cost of the lens. I also recommend it for the Alpha mount system or specifically the a7R II and the LA-EA3. That will give the E mount user the best AF performance.
I used this lens for soccer and a bit of football (before it got too dark). It is an excellent lens for photographers that shoot daylight sports (such as flag football, high school football or baseball and soccer).
When you consider the range, it is actually a pretty amazing value — especially when you consider that a 500 f4 SAL G SSM II costs upwards of $12,000 and is larger and effectively one full stop faster.
You can use — and I highly recommend — using the aps-c mode with the a7R II because it crops to an 18mp file that is still over 5000 pixels wide and the effective focal length on the long end becomes a 550mm lens!
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the camera and lens performed and for many photographers this could be a great lens to add to their kit.
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