Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Steppin up my game with the Sony SAL 70-300mm G Lens

I have been deebating the pros and cons of buying either the Sony 70-400mm f4.0-5.6 at around $1100-$1400 used, on eBay, versus the Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 at around $590 used on eBay. Well, today I made up my mind and pulled the trigger on this investment and selected the Sony SAL 70-300mm G lens, a beautiful lens I must say.

I already have a Minolta 75-300mm lens in my bag but it is admittedly, a relatively cheap lens. The focus ring doesn't really turn all that smooth and although I've been happy with the photos I'm getting from it but I really think it's time to step it up.

I selected the 70-300mm over the 70-400mm for several reasons. Firstly, I thought about how often I might need to use a lens at 400mm. I have been taking plenty of great photos at soccer games from the sidelines with my 300mm lens and have produced great photos. Unless I was planning on doing some serious nature photography, I don't really foresee the need for the 400mm focal length. Secondly, the price of the 70-300mm Sony lens is around $590 used ($900 retail), while the 70-400mm lens is $600-$800 more and I just didn't think that extra cost was worth the 100mm additional focal length that I might not make that much use of anyway. Lastly, I watched a video review (embeded below) and saw some sample photos that were really impressive. That sealed the deal and today I bought the Sony SAL 70-300mm G Lens. Woohoo!!!

Stay tuned for my own sample photos.

And you can see how nice the video quality is as well...

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