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Sony SAL75300 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens review Gordon Laing, January 2007 / updated January 2008

Outdoor
/ Resolution / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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Sony 75-300mm vs Sony 18-70mm purple fringing comparison

  To compare the purple fringing of the Sony 75-300mm against the Sony 18-70mm, we photographed a test chart with areas of very high contrast using each lens at their shortest and longest focal lengths and with their apertures wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

Both lenses exhibit purple fringing at their shortest focal lengths, although the 75-300mm shows a very clean result when zoomed-into 300mm.

Sony 75-300mm
Using Sony Alpha A100
Sony 18-70mm
Using Sony Alpha A100
75-300mm at 75mm f4.5
75-300mm at 300mm f5.6
18-70mm at 18mm f3.5
18-70mm at 70mm f5.6



Sony 75-300mm vs Sony 18-70mm macro comparison

To compare the macro capabilities of the Sony 75-300mm against the Sony 18-70mm, we photographed a custom chart at a focal length and distance which delivered the maximum possible reproduction. The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test.

Sony 75-300mm
Using Sony Alpha A100
Sony 18-70mm
Using Sony Alpha A100
75-300mm at 250mm f8
Max area of 98x66mm
18-70mm at 70mm f8
Max area of 82x54mm

The best result we could get from the Sony 75-300mm was set at 250mm where it delivered an area measuring 98x66mm. The 18-70mm kit lens can deliver a smaller area though and at much closer range too, so is unsurprisingly a more practical option when it comes to macro work.

Sony SAL75300 75-300mm lens results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting




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