9 out of 10 points and recommendedVery easy to use, great bokeh and fantastic contrast. One of the best lenses out thereNotable drop off on the corners when wide open and zoomed back to 24mm. Large Heavy
This is one of my favourite lenses. Arguably the f4 24-105 has higher resolving power for the 60Megapixels of the mkIV a7 but to be honest Ive not noticed too soft details from my photos.reviewed July 20th, 2020 (purchased for $2,000)
The lens hood is nice and sturdy with its locking button and the side button is handy, even though many people dont programme its use.
I shoot with this lens almost always at f2.8 and quote like the drop off in the corners as frames the subjects very nicely.
70mm at f2.8 is stunning for portraits and is a great every day lens. Its a little expensive compared to the 24-105 but in my opinion absolutely worth it despite the lower resolving resolution and zoom reach. Being able to shoot below f4 and its contrast are just unparalleled.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedVery clear at f6.3 which is a huge relief! Light considering it’s 600mm Simple to use Very fast focusing Internally zooming Great contrast. Unbelievable lens really. Worth at least another $1000Large. And long! With the hood attached, you might feel like a bit of a tool! It would’ve been nice for a clutch or lock for the zoom ring as whilst it’s never crept during operation, I’m afraid of it creeping! Nothing else, it’s like a perfect lens
This is probably the best value lens Ive ever owned. The ability to capture birds and other points of interest with such long reach is brilliant. Amazing value for money, its like the quality of a GM lens.reviewed July 20th, 2020 (purchased for $2,300)
Obviously its not a fast tele, but aside from the slower glass it doesnt seem to act like a budget tele in any way shape or form. The lens hood is just about ok, nor the GM features of a locking button, filter hatch nor is it very stiff but its matte enough and does its job.
I have a medium sized rucksack (Lowepro 450 AW II) which holds this lens with hood reversed no issue plus 4 other lenses (24-70, 90mm Macro, 12-24, 24 tilt shift) without much issue. Its not as big as you may think.
Basically this lens is perfect.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedOne of the sharpest lenses ever made, according to DxOmark.com too! It’s such a sharp lensA bit complicated to use
I love this lens as I bought it for obviously its Macro pedigree but also as a tack sharp (hate that term but it is) portrait lens.reviewed July 20th, 2020 (purchased for $870)
The contrast, bokeh and overall image quality is just unparalleled in my experience. Coming to think of it, I dont even notice any drop off even wide open.
Having very recently left the Leica Rangefinder world (had a 35mm f2 and 90mm f2 APO) I can honestly say that the build quality is akin to those lenses.
That said, it takes some learning to use right, and Im still learning. The manual focus slip ring (mercifully at the front of the lens) is very clever and feels great to use. Its stunningly made and intuitive but tricky to master. Admittedly Ive not used a tripod once using it as a Macro lens should be used, so part of the blame is on me.
Not as fun an simple to use as my other lenses, but by far the best one.
Disregard the above learning curves if you buy as a portrait, then its perfect, fast and stunning. Bargain price too.