|G||Professional lens with high quality optics and robust build. Meets the highest standards and provides excellent performance and flawless image quality unachievable with traditional optical technologies.|
|SSM||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|Position in the lineup|
|Sony 70-400mm F/4-5.6 G SSM II (SAL70400G2)||Feb 2013||⊗|
|Sony 70-400mm F/4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G)||Sep 2008||⊗|
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|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||34.3°-6.2° (35mm full frame)|
|22.8°-4° (Sony APS-C)|
|Lens construction:||18 elements in 12 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Closest focusing distance:||150 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ultrasonic (Minolta/Sony A)|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø94 x 196 mm|
|Filter size:||77 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is large, heavy, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic. The lens uses unusual design - the zoom ring is located at the front part and the focusing ring - in the middle part of the barrel.
The lens features AF/MF focus mode switch.
|AF||Autofocus mode with Direct Manual Focus.|
|MF||Manual focus mode.|
During autofocus operation, you can press the AF Stop button of the lens to temporarily pause autofocus. This lets you stop autofocus whenever any unwanted obstacle comes closer to the camera than the moving subject you are tracking. If the shutter button is still pressed halfway when the AF Stop button is released, autofocusing will continue as before. The AF Stop function also works in continuous autofocus mode. You can change the functions of the AF Stop button using the camera's custom functions menu.
The lens features focusing distance range limiter which allows to choose between the following focusing distance ranges:
|FULL||Full range of focusing distances.|
|3 m - ∞||Range of focusing distances suitable for shooting distant subjects.|
By setting the suitable focusing distance range, the actual autofocusing time can be shorter.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 77 mm which are easy to find. However, filters of such size are more expensive and mainly used with professional lenses.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 3 MB|
Alternatives (AF, 61-448 mm)
|Sony 70-400mm F/4-5.6 G SSM II (SAL70400G2)||2013||⊗|