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Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS SEL55210

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Specifications:
Name: Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS SEL55210
Image Circle: APS-C (Sony E-Mount)
Type: Telephoto Zoom
Focal Length: 55 - 210mm
APS Equivalent: 82.5 - 315mm
Max Aperture: f/4.5 - 6.3
Min Aperture: f/22 - 32
Diaphragm Blades: 7 (circular)
Lens Construction: 13 elements 9 groups
Diagonal Angle of View
(Based on image circle): 28.2 to 7.8 degrees
Focus Details: Autofocus Motor
Front Element Rotation: Yes
Zoom System: Rotary
Closest Focus: 1m / 3.28 ft.
Magnification Ratio: 0.225x / 1:4.44
Filter Size: 49mm
Dimensions
(Length x Diameter): 108mm x 63.8mm / 4.4 in. x 2.6 in.
Weight: 345g / 12.2 oz
Notes: For Sony E-mount. Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization. Included Accessories: ALC-SH115 round shape bayonet lens hood, lens caps.



 


          
jacquesvroom
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Review Date: Jan 12, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small, good reach, quite good IQ when you are smart and lucky—an exceptional value at the sometimes kit-price of $150 with its soulmate, the A6000.
Cons:
No aspect of it is as good as a Canon 6D with the 70-200 2.8 IS II. On the other hand the lens prices are in a ratio of about 12 to 1!

I apologize for not adding much new material to the review of my learned colleague below. But I do want to corroborate and support his thoughts and insights.

Folks who did not buy an A6000 and 55-210 lens for $550 total (I got mine from Adorama, with whom I have no connection) in the recent holiday season are owed a karmic favor by the universe. Congratulations and smiles for those lucky/genius folks who did!

Both A6000 and this lens are very very good overall and excellent value for the money!



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Review Date: Feb 13, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small / light weight / good image quality
Cons:
Construction quality is nice for what it is, but probably a lens you could easily damage if you are hard on your equipment. It's also a slow lens and not something you would want for serious sports or wildlife work.

I got this lens for $150 over the holidays with the purchase of an a6000. I generally own/use very good glass, but I don't use long lenses that often and was hoping the 55-210mm would hold me over until I can afford to add a higher end tele-zoom. To my pleasant surprise my copy is quite a good lens and I won't be in any hurry to replace it.

I've only tested it at f/8 on a tripod (because that is how I will use it). Very nice results at all the marked focal lengths w/ 210mm being a little softer at the edges but still quite acceptable. Contrast and color balance on the a6000 are not like a Zeiss lens, but very usable even for critical work.

At $150 I would give the lens a 10+ for value if I could. I've tested a number of lenses costing many multiples of that which were not nearly as good in terms of image quality. Build quality is not like that of a pro lens, but is better than I thought it would be. It is slow (f4.5-6.3) so not a serious lens for sports, but that keeps the size and weight down which is fine for me as I'm primarily a landscape photographer. AF is quick on the a6000 and zooming throughout the range is smooth and easy with about the right amount of resistance.

If this is a lens that suits your work and you can purchase one during a promotion for $250 or less I would absolutely recommend this lens. At the $350 MSRP I would have to give it some additional thought, but like I wrote above – I've tested lenses costing $700-$1200 that have not performed as well.


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Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS SEL55210

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
2 3130 Jan 12, 2016
Recommended By Average Price
100% of reviewers $150.00
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
7.50
10.00
9.0
Screen_Shot_2013-11-18_at_6_19_58_PM

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