There are numerous lenses out there in the 75-300mm range built to various quality standards. This Sony 75-300 mm F4.5-5.6, built for its alpha dslr cameras is of the quality you would expect at its price point. The resolution and durability of this lens should not be compared to a prime lens like a 300mm 2.8 or a higher quality Sony Alpha 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G series lens. The reason you want to buy this is because you can’t or don’t want to spend money on a better-quality lens. You probably don’t need to reach out with 300mm very often, and you don’t want the bulk and weight of more lens elements and more durable materials. I bought this lens was the price point, and it was portable compared to my sigma 150-500mm. The question is could this lens get the job done?
One of the great things about the lens is that Sony decided to put the image stabilization mechanism in the camera body and not within the lens. This makes a lens cheaper and lighter without having to sacrifice image sharpness in lower light. A convenient zoom that goes out to 300mm really needs image stabilization. Choosing a lens such as this for its portability means you probably aren’t bringing a tripod along very often.
I think this lens served its purpose. I got images that I couldn’t have without. This lens allowed me to get images I couldn’t have if I only had a better 75-300mm because that lens would have stayed home. The quality of images from this lens is without question, not as good as better glass. The images speak for themselves, I don’t need fancy tests to see that spending an extra $700 would have been better, but again, I would have left that lens at home.
All photo and video examples were shot with a Sony SLT A65.