70-300 G vs 70-400 G1. Any real experience?

Started Sep 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
JPEG Shooter Senior Member • Posts: 1,224
Re: 70-300 G vs 70-400 G1. Any real experience?

My whole reason for purchasing the 70-400G1 back in 2010 was for a trip to Africa. I have no experience with the other lenses you speak of but I can say that the G1 produced some amazing images and I was SO glad I had it. I did not use the lens hood, but rather a very high quality UV filter instead (for protection both against any dings but also for dust). I did not use a tripod or monopod (no room for such a contraption in the vehicle).

I have two dozen photos on my walls from that trip, actual photo size ranging from 12x16 - 20x30 (unmatted). That lens was worth every penny.

Besides the 70-400G1, I had my Tamron 18-250. It was good to have that shorter range for towns and villages.

Camera at the time was the a550.  I now use it on an a57.

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