With Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, this Sony NEX SEL55210 lens makes it easy to take clear, steady photos and videos with your Sony NEX digital camera. The 3.8x zoom lets you hone in on distant subjects from far away.
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f/22-32 minimum aperture and f/4.5-6.3 maximum aperture
For optimal light gathering, resulting in clear, detailed images.
13 elements in 9 groups with 7 circular-aperture blades
Also features 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that help suppress chromatic aberration and color bleeding to provide optimal image quality throughout the zoom range.
Best Buy Customer Reviews
Not a bad lens
Posted by: Hankzilla from: san fernando valley, ca on
I have the Sony Nex-3 and wanted to get a zoom lens, I was debating between lens adapter with a longer zoom lens and this lens which I ended up buying and keeping. The feel of this lens on the camera is just right, it has a nice rubber grip with manuel focus opt. and aluminum construction which makes it very light. I took the lens for a test drive on my Alaska Cruise vacation and ended up with some nice pics, I did also use a Rocket Fish P.Filter and UV.Filter to prevent any glare on my pics and to protect it from getting scratched. The video recording with the lens was good too. Over all I think this lens is a great addition to the camera but I would of liked a longer zoom though I shouldn't complaint since there's no adapter required for added cost. I'll leave 2 pics to show 55mm zoom and max zoom 210mm.
33 out of 33 found this review helpful.
A Rolls Royce of Telephoto Lenses
Posted by: dcisive from: Salt Lake City, UT on
I'm sure if the price tag on this lens was $850 like their 70-300G Alpha lens it wouldn't surprise anyone. This is a finely machined metal and rubber lens that fits in your hand like a Italian leather glove. Extension and retraction of the lens is butter smooth. It just speaks quality to you when used. The Optical Image Stabilization is superb offering near 4 stop performance. The contrast and sharpness of this lens will easily remind anyone who has owned a Canon L or Nikkor pro lens of that level of quality and performance. The fact it is at or under $350 is just a bonus. This lens is pretty much a MUST HAVE for a NEX owner. The size surprised me as a fully expected a DSLR sized lens when it's much more like that offered by the Micro 4/3rd camera manufacturers at the 45-200mm range yet even a tad smaller. Having a NEX 5N with a 16mm f2.8 Pancake, kit 18-55 and this 55-210 lens is about all you'll likely ever need for all assignments.
127 out of 138 found this review helpful.
Great Lens for NEX E Lens users
Posted by: RedElite from: Dallas on
Great lens, completes my kit for my NEX-5. I originally purchased the 16mm and the 18-55mm lens. I wanted something with a longer zoom range, but couldn't swallow the $800 price tag for the 18-200mm. I'm glad I waited for the 55 - 210mm. This is a great lens, light weight, but sturdy. Feels good in your hand, well balanced on the camera. Steady Shot works well great pictures hand held or on a tripod.
49 out of 51 found this review helpful.
Great stabilized telephoto zoom for Nex system
Posted by: UBet from: Portland, OR on
I've owned this lens for about 2 months and love it. It's sharp, has good contrast and color. I wish I had bought it earlier!
This is a great companion lens to the 18-55mm kit lens that is typically packaged with the Nex system. The extra focal length is immensely useful for shooting outdoors, but also indoors where you are force to be further away from the subject (e.g. gymnastics class, volleyball game, etc). It's also great for portraits, where you can get further away physically and zoom in for more flattering perspective of faces (and good blur of backgrounds, too).
The extra physical size of this lens as compared to the 18-55mm kit lens is noticeable but not a problem for me or for my wife. The lens feels solid, the built quality is good, but at the same time it's quite light for it's size.
It hunts a bit for auto-focus in low-light when zoomed all the way to 210mm, but I would think that most lenses of this type would do the same. I just zoom back out a bit (which allows a lower f-stop) and then crop the photo down later in post. This lens is also a bit prone to flaring in bright sunlight, even with lens hood attached, but not the majority of the time by any means.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
nice lens to have for telephoto
Posted by: An0nym0uz from: Tucson, AZ on
came with my NEX 5N, it does just what I expected and more.
Nice zooming range and takes great pictures.
I was able to take a photo of the moon !
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
A versatile lens that should be part of your kit
Posted by: Joepure from: Calabasas, CA on
This lens was acquired to see if it would give me more opportunities to use my Sony 4/3's 5000a camera. The answer is unequivocally yes! For working in large areas where 5-6 steps are not possible, the 55-210 zoom really does the trick without sacrificing too much in the way of aperture in medium lit situations. it's fast, comfortable in my large hands (less in a woman's I imagine) and the image stabilization seems to work just fine. Sorry that I waited to buy this!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great telephoto for NEX cameras!!!
Posted by: emzman from: Portland, OR on
I purchased this lens for my NEX-5 a year ago and I love it. I've shot some sporting events (triathlon) with the burst shooting and the pics turned out awesome. This lens is a must-have for NEX users, especially if you need to get close to a subject. The aluminum casing and rubber rings gives the lens that durable feel.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Fine for what it is.
Posted by: dtody from: Washington Island, WI on
Read numerous reviews that said this was the lens to complete one's needs for the Sony NEX. I got quality pictures with the lens with decent detail at 150' to 200'. The black "rubber" grip is useful.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
More than I expected
Posted by: Tacoplenty from: Denver, CO on
I bought this for my NEX7 primarily to shoot fast moving subjects such as my dogs and grand kids. Subjects not at all well suited to using the manual focus lenses I have adapted for the NEX.
As an outdoor lens it's awesome. autofocus is good but not great. image quality is surprisingly good. Contrast and color are very good.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Haven't found its forte
Posted by: Connmonster from: on
I tried to use it for night sky ire shooting, but it did t really meet my expectation.