Monday, October 17, 2016

The Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens And Sony A7R2

Dale Matson

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I bought the lens for hiking and backpacking in the mountains as primarily a wildlife lens. The compactness and weight, at less than 2 pounds makes it quite portable. I carry it on my web belt in a Digital Holster 2.0, which expands to accommodate this larger lens. I sewed the Velcro strip that holds the belt loop closed so that it would not accidentally detach when hiking off trail.

I gave the lens an initial trial in my back yard and found the autofocus, to be dependable and the images sharp. I think the combination of the A7R2 IBIS and OSS of the lens made for crisp hand held images. I was even impressed with how it rendered color. Since that time, I have had the lens in the mountains and been impressed with the performance with landscape and wildlife. Sony advertises this lens as dust and moisture resistant.

 300mm (Bokeh seems good to me)

Until Sony has an e-mount lens with a longer reach, this will be my backpacking wildlife telephoto lens. I would really love a sharp 400mm f/4 and 1.4-teleconverter combination. The images you see came straight from the camera. At about $1,200.00 dollars, I think this is a good lens and provides more dependable sharp images than my former Sony SAL G 70-200 f4. Additionally, I did not find the speed of the auto focus to be a limiting factor in any of my shots.
All of these Photographs were taken in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

 Tenaya Lake 70mm
 Duck Pass 50mm Loxia For Comparison With Shot Below
 Duck Pass Top Of Mammoth Mountain 300mm
300MM Banner Peak and Mt. Ritter From Duck Pass 
 Minarets At Sunrise 150mm 
 Mt. Baldwin Center 118mm
 Ram And Ewe On Shoulder Of White Mountain Peak 300mm
White Mountain Peak 3rd Highest California Mountain 75mm
 Lundy Lake 70mm
Saddlebag Lake 80mm

Whitebark Vista 150mm Looking East To Ritter Range

I don’t think this is a one-size fits all lens for mountain landscape shots. This is my only zoom lens and I was pleasantly surprised at the results.


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