Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS review

The Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS is great super-telephoto lens for Sony A6000 series users for shooting sport or wildlife

Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS review
(Image: © Matthew Richards/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Sony’s A6000-series cameras are capable of superb autofocus speed, image quality and all-round performance. The relatively low-budget E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom kit lens and ultra-lightweight E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS telephoto zoom are rather less impressive. As a companion to the recently released, top-flight E 16-55mm f/2.8 G standard zoom, this 70-350mm optic goes large in quality and telephoto reach, while keeping a comparatively narrow aperture rating. The result is a lens that’s big on performance but refreshingly small and lightweight for handheld shooting, complete with optical stabilization.


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    Very good image quality

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    Super-fast and virtually silent autofocus

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    Built-in optical stabilization


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    Fairly ‘slow’ aperture rating

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    Expensive for an f/4.5-6.3 zoom

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    APS-C only

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The Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS is a really welcome addition to the Sony lens line-up. Despite the popularity of the Sony A6000 and its family of APS-S sensored mirrorless cameras, Sony has not produced very many lenses specifically designed to pair with these smaller cameras. Most of its lens line-up have been full-frame compatible - which naturally makes them bigger than they need be when used on the current five-model APS-C range - the A6000,  A6100, A6300 , A6500 and A6600.

This 70-350mm lens is designed specifically for APS-C format Sony E-mount cameras, where it has a ‘super-telephoto’ 5x zoom range equating to 105-525mm on a full-frame body, along with a modest f/4.5-6.3 aperture rating that enables a much more compact, lightweight build, at a more affordable price.

Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G review. (Image credit: Matthew Richards/Digital Camera World)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.