Sony SAL-70300G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM Autofocus Lens

Model #SAL70300G

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.25 x 5.33" (8.26 x 13.54 cm)
Filter thread Front: 62 mm
Weight 1.76 lb (800 g)


Groups/elements 11/16
Minimum focus distance 4.0' (1.22 m)
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Angle of view 34° - 8°
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32
Diaphragm blades 9
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4
Focal length 70 - 300 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 105 - 450 mm
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Magnification 0.25x


Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
6 October 2010

A ruggedly built zoom lens with near-silent AF

  • +

    Focus lock, build quality

  • -

    Too expensive

26 November 2010

I can't help but have mixed feelings about this lens. It's built superbly, is fast focusing and has great control of falloff, distortion and flare. At shorter focal lengths it also performs very well, but to get good results at 300mm, the lens needs stopping down.

  • +

    Excellent build quality, Fast focusing, Good control of distortion, CA and flare

  • -

    Disappointing resolution at 300mm, High price tag for such a lens

Photozone de.34752480
4 March 2012

The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G is high quality lens and possibly the best of the breed (70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 class). The resolution figures are very good across the zoom range. Lateral CAs, vignetting and distortions are generally well controlled and not really field relevant.

29 June 2010

Sony's 'G' lenses form much of their professional range and have price tags to match. Here we'll investigate whether this popular lens is worthy of the pro price tag.

  • +

    Excellent build quality, Fast focusing, Good control of distortion, CA and flare

  • -

    Disappointing resolution at 300mm, High price tag for such a lens

Photozone de.34752480
21 May 2010

The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G impressed during our APS-C format test and it is capable of delivering high quality results within the full format scope as well. The resolution figures are generally excellent at 70mm and still very high towards the long end although the border and corner...

User Reviews
11 August 2017

This is an A mount lens. I plan to use it on my a77II. I purchased it to replace my older 75-300 Sony Beer Can lens that I bought back in 2006. Both lenses are good, both are full frame, but the SAl70300G has better glass, faster auto focus and a super speed auto focus motor that makes no noise.

B h photo.32817553
31 December 2013

This is my favorite telephoto zoom of all time. I use it on an A65. I really have NO complaints about this lens. It is sharp and has excellent contrast. AF is dead fast and reliable. Easy to manual focus as well. Very nice bokeh.

12 May 2012

Overall, I am very happy with this lens. It produces very nice photos and fairs quite well even in direct sunlight. Its range allows for some portrait photos with very nice bokeh. The SSM makes it great for recording videos and is quick on the autofocus.

  • +

    SSM, Optics, Build Quality

  • -

    f4.5-5.6 is a little slow for certain situations

30 March 2017

Great quality lens. Takes beautiful pictures and focuses fast.

2 March 2017

Clear, sharp and well made; has a good solid feel.

15 November 2016

Great lens as compromise for value, size/weight, and pic quality. Sharp at all range unlike my Sigma 120-400mm.

9 September 2016

This was a gift for our daughter and she loved it.

18 August 2016

I bought this lens to capture athletic events in Rio. I got really great quality pics...mostly at the full 300M zoom. The hold focus button often came in handy.

27 April 2016

What a great lens! True 'G" quality, equivalent to a Canon "L" lens in every way. Fast auto focus, great macro, very well built and doesn't weight a ton. Very happy with this lens.

11 March 2016

Great lens! I've since upgraded but I miss this lens as its great for the weight and size.

Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-32
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • 2x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM)
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.0'
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Focus Hold Button
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In The Box
  • Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Lens Pouch
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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