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Sony SEL70300G FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS

Telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras

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Our take on the Sony SEL70300G FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS

Capture distant subjects with clarity and precision with Sony's FE 70-300mm G OSS lens. On APS-C sensor cameras, this powerful lens has a 105-450mm equivalent focal range, giving you even more reach. Sony's anti-reflective coating and six specialized lens elements reduce distortion and aberrations for outstanding high-resolution images, while a nine-blade circular aperture gives you a smoothly defocused background when shooting wide open. The lens' focal range and wide maximum aperture let you play up your subject by compressing and blurring the background, making it an excellent choice for portraits, close-ups, and detail shots.

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Sony's FE 70-300mm G OSS lens lets you capture crisp shots of distant subjects.

The power to go the distance

Capture distant subjects with clarity and precision with Sony's FE 70-300mm G OSS lens. On APS-C sensor cameras, this powerful lens has a 105-450mm equivalent focal range, giving you even more reach. Sony's anti-reflective coating and six specialized lens elements reduce distortion and aberrations for outstanding high-resolution images, while a nine-blade circular aperture gives you a smoothly defocused background when shooting wide open. The lens' focal range and wide maximum aperture let you play up your subject by compressing and blurring the background, making it an excellent choice for portraits, close-ups, and detail shots.

Great photos anywhere, anytime, rain or shine

Great for outdoor photography in any season, the lens' dust- and moisture-resistant construction means that if the weather takes a turn, you won't have to pack it in until you're ready. Range limiter controls let you restrict the focal range, preventing accidental focus on foreground elements and minimizing time spent "hunting" for focus so you won't miss your shot. Once you've acquired your target, the focus hold button lets you lock the focus where you want it. Sony's optical image stabilization system ensures sharp handheld images at longer focal lengths, slower shutter speeds, or in low light.

Product Highlights:

  • lens type: E-mount full frame (FE)
  • compatible with Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 70-300mm with full-frame sensor cameras
    • 105-450mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization for crisp handheld images
  • Nano AR anti-reflective coating effectively counteracts flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color
  • dust- and moisture-resistant
  • 2 ED (extra-low dispersion) and 4 aspherical lens elements for better sharpness and contrast
  • internal focusing design maintains overall lens length during focusing for greater consistency and faster performance
  • minimum focus distance: 2.96'
  • lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
  • 9-blade circular aperture for natural rendering of out-of-focus background elements
  • range limiter controls for fast, accurate focusing
  • focus hold button for added control
  • filter/attachment size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-5/16" in diameter and 5-11/16" long
  • weight: 30.2 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens caps, lens case

What's in the Box:

  • FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS (SEL70300G) lens
  • 72mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH144 Lens hood
  • Lens pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • European Guarantee Information Document

great lens, but add significant weight to camera.suggest using with vertical grip

Anonymous, Newbury Park, CA

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Sony SEL70300G FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS Reviews

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Sony SEL70300G FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS

Anonymous from Newbury Park, CA on 1/22/2017

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great lens, but add significant weight to camera.suggest using with vertical grip

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Sony SEL70300G FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

S from Baton Rouge, LA on 7/27/2016

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Love this lens. I have it on my Sony a6300. Photos are sharp, bokeh is good, and it's light enough to hand hold. The four star rating is due to the f4.5-5.6. Of course if the f-stop were lower it would be heavier and more costly. Overall, awesome lens...producing awesome images.

Pros: Photos are sharp, bokeh is good, and it is light enough to hand hold.

Cons: f4.5-5.6 and bokeh could be a little better.

A solid lens for the money.

John from Ambridge, PA on 6/8/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you are looking for a native lens for your Sony Alpha camera, that will give you some reach, this is the lens. The lens is geared more for handheld shots in bright light. The image stabilization is excellent. It allows you to shoot hand held with a much lower shutter speed than you normally would with a lens with this kind of reach. That is important because of the slower minimum aperture this lens has. This would easily be a 4 star lens in my opinion ig they included a tripod collar. When you are mounting this on a small mirrorless body, even the A7RII, it is front heavy. This is even a problem mounted on a sturdy tripod because the front wants to sag down a little, that is why I think it was designed with hand holding in bright light. The images are very good. Not as sharp as a good prime, but not bad. I plan on using this to shoot vintage auto racing.

Pros: Size, 300mm reach, silent focus and image quality.

Cons: Needs adequate light. Without a tripod collar, it is off balanced when placed on a tripod.

Great Lens - very happy with it so far

Anonymous from Culpeper, VA on 6/3/2016

I have been delighted with this lens. Great clarity, fast focusing, surprisingly light. It is a wonderful match with the Sony a7R. It is excellent for wildlife shots and also a good portrait lens.

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Optics: The Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS (SEL70300G) telephoto zoom lens is compatible with the Sony α interchangeable lens cameras with the E-mount. It cannot be used on a camera with the Sony A-mount. The lens is recommended for use with full-frame cameras, but can be used on cameras with APS-C image sensors. (The lens has a 105-450mm equivalent focal length when used on APS-C cameras.) The lens comes with the ALC-SH144 lens hood, front and rear lens caps, and a storage pouch.

Sony G Lens: Sony's G lenses are designed and manufactured to the highest standards of optical performance. The SEL70300G lens utilizes original Sony technologies to achieve superb clarity and sharpness to maximize the performance of Sony's advanced imaging sensors and camera systems.

Nano AR Coating: Sony's Nano AR Coating is used to ensure that all forms of optical aberration are effectively suppressed. This gives you superb corner-to-corner resolution.

Optical Steady Shot (OSS): The SEL70300G has built-in Optical Steady Shot (OSS) lens stabilization. When mounted to a compatible camera, Optical Steady Shot can compensate for camera shake to prevent blurred images, especially when zoomed in all the way, or in low light situations. Gyro sensors built into the lens can detect even the slightest movement and compensate for any image blur that might occur. You can on/off Optical Steady Shot with the OSS Switch on the lens barrel.

Focus-mode Switch: The lens features a focus-mode switch that allows you to switch between AF (auto-focus) and MF (manual-focus). For auto-focus photography, both the lens and the camera need to be set to AF. For manual-focus, either or both the camera or the lens should be set to MF.

Focus Hold Button: A Focus Hold button is provided between the focus and zoom rings. When shooting in AF mode, pressing and holding a focus hold button will cancel auto-focusing, allowing you to release the shutter at a fixed focus. When you release the button and press the shutter button again to start auto-focusing.

Note: The focus hold feature does not function with some camera models.

Focus Range Limiter: The SEL70300G lens has a focal length range of 70mm to 300mm. The Focus Range Limiter can save you time during Auto Focus operation, preventing the lens from "hunting" through the entire focusing range. This feature is useful when the subject distance is definite. The Limiter also works with manual focus. When the Focus Range Limiter is engaged, the lens will only focus between 9.8' (3m) and infinity.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the bayonet-type ALC-SH144 lens hood to prevent stray light from entering the lens causing lens flare. When installed, the lens hood adds about 2-1/4" to the overall length of the lens. When shooting with external flash, you should remove the lens hood to prevent shadows at the bottom of the picture.

Specifications:

Lens FE 70-300mm F4 G OSS
Focal Length (35mm) 70-300mm
APS-C Equivalent 105-450mm
Lens Construction 16 elements in 13 groups, including 4 aspherical and 2 ED lens elements
Maximum Magnification 0.31x
Angle of View 34°-8°10' (35mm)
23°-5°20' (APS-C)
Minimum Focus 3.28'-4.93' (AF)
3.28'-4.43' (MF)
Filter Diameter 72mm
Aperture Range f/4.5 (W) - 5.6 (T) maximum
f/22 (W) - f/29 (T) minimum
Aperture Type 9-blade circular
Weight 30.2 ounces
Dimensions Diameter=3.354", Length=5.853" (7.361" w/lens caps)

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