Review Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAL-75300 (APS-C)
Sony 75-300 mm is already on the market since 2008. It is a compact, lightweight telephoto zoom with an attractive price. This lens comes from the Konica Minolta series and the design of the Sony 75-300 mm is probably from 1995. This lens is available in the Netherlands for a little over 200 euros.
Sony 75-300 mm F4.5-5.6 @ 75 mm
Sony 75-300 mm F4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm
The Sony 75-300 mm has a 3 times zoom range with an angle corresponding to a 113 -450 mm telephoto zoom lens on a camera with a full-frame sensor.
Construction and autofocus
The lens is made of plastic and is therefore light for a telephoto zoom lens. A lot of light lenses are carried out with a plastic bayonet plastic nowadays. But the Sony 75-300 has a metal mount.
The drive of the autofocus goes pretty fast, but noisy.
Of searching in low light or low contrast is little evidence. During testing, the Sony 75-300 was sometimes faster than the much more expensive Sony 70-300 mm and the Sony 70-400 mm in subjects with low contrast.
|At Sony, the image stabilization is in the camera body and not on the lens, like some other brands. We have not tested the image stabilization of the 75-300 mm, but the image stabilization of the Sony A77 works, with a gain up to 3 stops, great in combination with a telephoto zoom lens. See for example the image stabilization test in our Sony 70-400 mm test. |
The Sony 75-300 mm has been tested on a Sony A77 camera, which was set to in-camera compensation for vignetting. In practice, you can still occasionally encounter a slight degree of vignetting, as you can see in the image here. Apart from 300mm, vignetting is no longer visible from aperture 5.6 using in-camera correction.
Move your mouse over the image to view the other Imatest measurement results for vignetting.
|The Sony 75-300 mm has been tested on a Sony 75-300 mm camera, which was set to in-camera distortion compensation. The distortion is in order over the entire zoom range. |
Sony shows that thanks to the circular aperture, you have a nice blur process. The bokeh is really nicely round, but the rings show slight edges, making the bokeh restless.
Click your mouse on the right image for a larger image of the bokeh at 300 mm.
At 75 mm, there is no nice bokeh, because the relatively small opening in conjunction with the APS-C sensor gives too much depth of field (see image below, move your mouse over the image to view bokeh at 75 mm on 100% ). The bokeh at 75 mm also displays sharp, bright edges. Also, the lens exhibits at the corners that which is sometimes called "Cat's Eye Bokeh;" a phenomenon that occurs in lenses that suffer from vignetting (picture below right).
We have encountered remarkably little flare during the testing of the Sony 75-300 mm. Only in a single shot of the moon (right), slight ghosting is visible. Good performance.
The Sony 75-300 mm together with the Sony A77 get a maximum resolution of 2000 LW/PH. The corners remain little behind in terms of resolution at the center. That's a good performance, but the better Sony telephoto zoom lenses like the Sony 70-400 mm or the Sony 70-300 mm score even better.
Chromatic aberration is relatively high with the 75-300 mm. In practice you may encounter chromatic aberration, as shown in the two image croppings. But you have to magnify far before it becomes visible (left: 100% and right: 200%). Fortunately, chromatic aberration is easily corrected by software.
Conclusion Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAL-75300 review
|Look in our list of reviewed lenses to compare the performance of this lens with other lenses. ||WYSIWYG score: This table shows the performance of this lens when you store the files in the camera as jpg, with all available in-camera lens corrections applied. This score gives you for this lens/test camera combination: "What you see is what you get". |