Quick Advice on Sony 70-400 or Sigma 50-500

Started Jul 12, 2014 | Discussions thread
Jekabs Contributing Member • Posts: 697
Re: Quick Advice on Sony 70-400 or Sigma 50-500

I do not own the Sony 70-400, but I have tried it. I am considering it to replace Sony 70-200/2.8+1.4x for when I travel, for less weight and more reach.

While optically it is impressive and is ahead of any other lens in this category from any manufacturer, there are couple things I really did not like about it, in comparison to 70-200/2.8:

1) It does not have internal zoom - it extends ALOT and becomes very front-heavy when zoomed to tele end;

2) It feels way more "plastic" than 70-200/2.8. One can only hope that build quality does not cause loosening of the zoom ring and wobble of the barrel, given how long it extends. I have not tried new version yet, perhaps it feels better;

3) It has the zoom and focus rings switched, compared to Zeiss 24-70 and Sony 70-200. This felt very annoying to me, but maybe one can get used to that. I would prefer that all my lenses had similar layout though.

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