Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens with Super Sonic Wave Motor for A Alpha DSLR Cameras

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Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6: Picture 1 regular $998.00

About Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

This Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Bundle comes with $81.03 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 62mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit, ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether, Zing Lens Pouch Medium - Black with Blue Top Hem, Pro Optic Lens Wrap, 19in x 19in (530mm x 520mm), Black and a LensPen #NMP1 and Shipping is free! .

It is a superb telephoto zoom lens that's easy to carry. The Sony G-Series 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens is a brilliant performer for a wide range of medium-distance and long shots, with SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) design for fast, silent auto-focus, ED glass to virtually eliminate chromatic aberration, focus hold button and more. Minimum focusing distance of about 4 feet (1.2m) lets you move in close to your subject-and even at full zoom extension it captures sharp, clear images thanks to the benefit of Super SteadyShot image stabilization built into every Sony system DSLR. (35mm equivalent: 105-450mm).

The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (8),Easily interchangeable (6),Strong construction (6),Consistent output (5),Durable (4),Lightweight (4),Nice bokeh (4),Rugged (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4),Sports/action (4),Wildlife photos (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Features

  • Compact Design, All-Around Versatility: Superb 70-300mm zoom lens is an excellent choice for a wide range medium to long-distance telephoto applications - & its lightweight design lets you leave it on-camera or carry it easily as an accessory lens for special purposes (35mm equivalent: 105-450mm)
  • Superb Optical Performance: Sony's G-Series lenses are designed for maximum descriptive power, maintaining excellent peripheral light characteristics and minimizing contrast drop-off even at the edges of the frame
  • Short Minimum Focusing Distance: With the ability to focus as closely as 4 feet (1.2m), this telephoto lens also lets you move in for dramatic shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization: A major reason for its compact, lightweight design is the benefit of Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization, built into every Sony a system DSLR - and enabling accessory lenses to eliminate the extra weight and expense of in-lens stabilization mechanisms
  • SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor): Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied
  • Focus Hold Button: For creative control and image preview, a focus hold button conveniently located on the lens barrel lets you firmly lock in focus - and a focus range limiter can be set to speed auto-focus response
  • Smooth Manual Focusing: An easy-grip focus ring on the lens barrel gives you a solid "hands-on" feel in manual focusing
  • Multi-Element Design with Internal Focusing: The SAL-70300G is designed with 16 lens elements in 11 groups, with internal focusing so the balance of your camera never changes
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass: Because light of different wavelength bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass is used to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors
  • Circular Aperture: Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Specifications

Focal Length
APS: 105-450
Filter Diameter
62 mm
Minimum Focus Distance
4' (1.2m)
x 0.25
Lens Groups-Elements
16 elements, 11 groups
Tele-converter Compatibility - 1.4x
Tele-converter Compatibility - 2.0x
Distance Scale
Distance Encoder
Non-rotating Focusing Ring
Focus-hold Button
Focus-range Limiter
SSM Focusing
Aperture (Max.)
Aperture (Min.)
Aspheric Elements
no aspheric
Lens Type
Telephoto & Telephoto Zoom
Dimensions (Approx.)
3 1/4 x 5 3/8" (82.5 x 135.5mm)
Weight (Approx.)
1lbs 12oz (800g)
Sony 1 year limited warranty
Mfr #

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Reviews

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(based on 7 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Birding Lens

This is the perfect lens for photogrpahing birds on the wing. 300mm is not so long that you have a hard time finding the moving target. The fast focus allows you take a crystal clear shot instead of losing the bird waiting for the lens to focus. While I use my 500mm lens (Sony Reflex)for slower bird photography this lens has become my standard for birds on the fly.


Most Liked Negative Review


bought new, sent to sony repair- nothing


Reviewed by 7 customers




from Round Rock, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'm primarily a nature/landscape (amateur) photographer...this lens has allowed and inspired me to push myself further...thanks Sony


Awesome Lens


from Athens, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this with my Sony A850 for landscape, flowers and sometimes wildlife/birds photography. This lens rocks!!! Silent and fast Auto focus. Image quality is fantastic. I have used it with Tamron 1.6x TC, surprisingly it does AF in bright daylight, but the Image quality is bit soft. The range is short for wildlife photography, if cost is not an issue and intended use is wildlife photography, look at Sony 70-400 G. If you are looking for a lightweight telephoto lense you can't go wrong with this gem. I have used it with Raynox DCR 250 for macro and got amazing results.




from Michigan

I decided to get this lense to go with my Sony a580, so far Im really pleased with the ease and clarity of the photos. It is heavy, but with all that glass Im sure I will be taking the best shots


I would buy this product again


from New Mexico  -  Photo Enthusiast

For a telephoto this lens is easy to manage and shoot with. Clarity of shots have been excellent. Very happy with this lens. Has become my choice of lenses to use.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Ultra sharp fast focus


from Flushing MI  -  Semi-Professional

This lens is expensive just over 800 dollars though at first was leary about it for the price.I have to say I never put this lens down it is a great portrait ,and Macro and wildlife lens and talk about sharp.It makes a regular 70-300 Sony lens seem like garbage and I was happy with the regular lens All I can say is if it says a G lens you have nothing to worry about this is a sharp lens at 70-300 no softness at any setting.All I can say is I would of bought sooner if I knew it was this great..

(0 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


bought new, sent to sony repair- nothing


from MA,WEST SPRINGFIELD  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast


(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Great Birding Lens


from Roswell, NM  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is the perfect lens for photogrpahing birds on the wing. 300mm is not so long that you have a hard time finding the moving target. The fast focus allows you take a crystal clear shot instead of losing the bird waiting for the lens to focus. While I use my 500mm lens (Sony Reflex)for slower bird photography this lens has become my standard for birds on the fly.


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Questions about this item:

Shopper  I own a Sony a77 DSLR. Is the 70 - 300 f4.5 - 5.6 GSSM compatable with this camera. Autofocus etc. ?
BYRON C  The model number should be SAL70300G. It is fully compatible with the a77 and that is the camera I bought it for. It is a nice lightweight telephoto for travel.
spencer g  Will this lens work with my a330dslr?
JANET F  im pretty sure it should. if u go to sony website it will give what it is compable with
Mike F  Will this lens fit on a Sony NEX7 camera?
Mike F  Ok, there an adaptor that will work?
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