Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM

Lens Summary

Brand: Sony

Also Known As: Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Sony Alpha

Release Date: 2008-01-30

MSRP Price: $998

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: This G Series lens delivers an appealing combination of extended zoom range plus image quality that will satisfy the most demanding photo enthusiast or pro. An ED lens element achieves exceptionally low aberration right out to the maximum 300mm focal length, so that your telephoto images benefit from impressive clarity and depth.

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length70-300mm
Mount TypeSony Alpha
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio4.28x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:4
Optical SteadyShot / AntiShake (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/4.5-5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)34° - 8°
Optical Information
Lens Elements16
Lens Groups11
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor (DDSSM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.20m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size62mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions8.26 x 13.54cm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction and MTF Chart

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM chart and lens construction


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Kirk Bruner

I had this lens for about a year and a half. I wanted desperately to love it. I figured it would be great splitting the difference between 200 and 400 with G glass and a bargain AND light weight. Not fast, but I rarely shoot with a tele zoom wide open anyway. At a distance, I’m going to be at 5.6 or 8. Alas, by the time I sold the lens, I hated it. It was simply never sharp anywhere ever at any setting. I tried micro-adjust to no avail. I guess I must have had a “bad copy” but I didn’t want to believe that a “bad copy” of a G type lens existed. Nevertheless, disappointed, I sold it and eventually got both the 70-200 f2.8G and the 70-400 G, once mirrorless folks started unloading A mount glass at bargain prices. With a huge variety of Minolta and Sony and Sony/Zeiss glass on my a99 II, I’m still a very happy camper. Still, something in me wants to give this lighter-weight entry into the G world another shot.