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Just wondering if anyone who has this lens might also have the leica apo-telyt 135/3.4 and could do a comparison. I have been truly amazed by the IQ and micro-contrast of this lens on the A7 but would be interested in the 70-200 if it is as good as I would get a greater range and OSS. Thanks
I had the Apo Telyt M and it was very good indeed on the a7r. I sold it when I got the 70-200 EF so I have not done a direct comparison. But the 70-200 is excellent at 135 mm, certainly good enough for my purposes.
I just received my 70-200 f4 and the first thing I did was take off the lens hood and put on a collapsible rubber one. Looks much smaller also fits without any problem into my Domke bag. I'm finding the lens to be extremely sharp and perfect for my travel kit. I guess I was lucky not to get a decentered version.
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I received my copy of the lens today. Does anyone else's collar never fully tighten down ? No matter how hard I tighten the knob, the collar still spins. I just want to see if this is normal.
I just got mine from Amazon. Everything works great; I really like the feel of this lens in the hand, not too large, like so many other zoom lenses. I plan to use the OSS function with this lens.
I notice that when this zoom lens is attached to the A7r, the 'Steady Shot' function in the camera is disabled. Is this because the OSS in the lens takes priority over the in-camera stabilization?
There is no in-camera stabilization in the A7R
And yes, this item is greyed out when you put the 70-200mm on the body. Seems logical since you have a switch for stabilization on the lens itself. I guess it is so to avoid contradiction between the lens and the body.
Thanks for the info- now I understand. I have read that it is recommended to turn the OSS off when the camera is on a tripod in a very stable set-up.
I was curious to know if anyone has tested this; perhaps leaving the OSS on would still be of benefit, especially if the camera is not perfectly stabilized.
No turn OSS stuff off when on tripod same with Canon , Nikon and any other system that has it. The lens will internally be trying to stabilize. Not what you want when on tripod.
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Has anyone compared the IQ of the Sony FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS to the Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L IS lens? If I remember correctly, the Canon lens is about the same length without an adapter, weighs less, and has a 67mm diameter vs the Sony's 72mm diameter.
tried out the lens today in store and have checked out the files in Lr5. While good and obviously more versatile it would appear (I didn't do side by side testing) that the leica apo-telyt 135/3.4 is ahead in the IQ stakes (the micro detail and sharpness are fantastic) so I now have to weigh up whether I want the stabilised larger zoom lens or the smaller, lighter 135. Decisions!!
I have the lovely 35mm FE and that's the only native prime I have (first copy returned). Now that I have a bunch of very decent FDn and OM lenses and have seen how brilliantly my Canon EF mount lenses perform, I am so put off by Sony decentering issues that I think I will wait until Zeiss releases their manual focus primes before buying again. I was very interested in the 70-200F4, but might instead put my money into a new Canon 70-200 f2.8 II, or stabilised 70-200f4 (I have the non-stablised version) as I can use it with both systems. New Canon zooms might be expensive, but boy are they impressive. I wonder if Sony will lose sales to the new Canon 16-35 f4 L?
Tim, I see the same 'zones of focus drift in/out' with my 28-70 OSS as you are seeing with the 70-200. Sony needs to sort these issues out.
Just checked out your 'low-grade decentering' and have to say that I would more than agree with you in fact I would call it 'pretty bad' and a lot worse than what I saw on my first copy of the 24-70.
Bt the way is there anyone in particular you deal with at Park cameras. I have been in to the London store a couple of times but wasn't totally convinced by the staff's knowledge. If I did by the lens from them it would be a great help to know I wouldn't have a problem if I needed to change it
Yep, I bit the bullet and bought one, fully expecting to be disappointed. Thankfully - and for the first time ever- I got a good copy first time around. Its truly excellent! A very, very good lens that can easily be compared to the pro-line Canikons.
Quick review here: Road Test: Sony FE 70-200 f4 G OSS for A7 and A7R
Sony's latest firmware update claims support for fast hybrid AF with this lens.
I've done the update, but after very limited testing, do not notice any significant change. Anyone else?