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Sony - 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 Telephoto Lens for Most Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good entry-level zoom lens

    Posted
    Pablo
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    I have a Sony a6500 camera but I only have the included 16-50 mm kit lens. It has served me well for various outings but I wanted something that would give me zooming capabilities without breaking the bank. Although this is another kit lens, Sony did a good job. It's compact, telescopic, and has little distortion around the edges. I wish that the lens opened up a bit more but zoom lenses with lower f-stops cost 5X more than this. The build quality is good, the connectors and mount are metal, the outer body is metal, but the inner lens is plastic. Again, for the price, this is all expected. I did not expect the lens to perform up there with a Sony's 18-105 mm G lens (f/4.0). The reviews for both lenses put them pretty equal, even when going almost full zoom on the G lens and still maintaining the f/4.0, the 55-210 lens is pretty good. I have taken some handheld low-light shots, action shots, scenery, and building skyline pictures with this lens and they all come out clear with little distortion around the edges (nothing that Adobe Lightroom doesn't automatically correct for). For an entry-level lens at a low price, this one can't be beat. Sony really does a good job with their cameras and lenses, I'm glad I switched to their mirrorless range as it makes taking my camera places less of a hassle. A small bag is enough to hold three lenses, the camera, two batteries, a charger, flash, an action tripod, lens cleaning tools, and a few memory cards. I just wish that Sony's premium lenses were lower in cost to compete with the likes of Nikon and Cannon. But I do recommend this lens for anyone who wants a solid zoom option without breaking the bank while still providing good quality. It isn't the most premium built lens and the opening is small but it's also compact and hasn't let me down yet. Just keep your expectations in check.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The right price and size

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    MAS321
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    I have had many different Sony NEX, Axxxx, and A7x models over the last 4 years and keep buying, selling, regretting, and re-buying this lens. I think I'm on my 3rd copy now. It's just a good one to keep around. No, it's not as sharp or versatile as the original 18-200, the FE24-240 blows it away (obviously made for full frame, so a different beast), and a prime like the 50 f1.8 (SEL50F18) will give better results, but if you want a telephoto zoom to add to the kit zoom that came with the camera, this is a great place to start. Especially if you can get it as part of a kit deal, or purchase separately as an open box or find it used, this one is great. I would not pay retail for it, but they've been around awhile, there are many on the market already. It's light, small (for the focal length), and has great glass for the price. Sure, it's going to hunt in low light and is not professional quality, but you would probably not be reading a review of this lens if you needed that. For outdoor bright light sports, I love this lens and my a6000, it's so light and AF is fast. I think I could use it all day and not get tired. Same camera with the FE70-200 and my back is going to ache after an hour.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad lens

    Posted
    Hankzilla
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great stabilized telephoto zoom for Nex system

    Posted
    UBet
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Rolls Royce of Telephoto Lenses

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    dcisive
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well.

    Posted
    Pictur3Michigan

    This lens is fully capable of getting good, sharp shots. It is a zoom so you have to understand the limitations of longer(than kit lens) zooms, even $$$ ones. Took to beach on first day to just try it out...was happy when I got home to see what it could do....a very nice compliment to the 18-55 kit that came with my a3000. I shoot landscapes, and found that with good camera settings I could get usable shots even at sunset lighting levels. Not as bright as $$$ lenses, but will get the job done with a little patience. I decided to brave getting an 'open-box' lens and it works perfectly. Saved LOTS of $, and am very happy to have lens. FREE shipping got it to me next day somehow... was very surprised and glad. Still in TEST mode for this lens, but it looks promising for my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent lens for the price

    Posted
    dmaister
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    I'm only an amateur photographer, so for me this is a decent lens for the price, but I wish there were some improvements. The automatic focusing is fairly quick in good lighting situations and and images are sharp. Depending on the settings used in the Nex-5n, lighting can be a little difficult. For example, when using the fully automatic Intelligent Auto, the lighting on the live view is pretty good, but switching to any other mode (P, A, M, etc.) lighting is very poor, even with aperture and/or shutter speed set to decent settings. Now I'm not a professional, so maybe I'm missing some settings, but I usually get better results on Aperture priority using the 18-55 lens indoors. But the lens is great for stage shows with stage lighting. We went on a cruise and was able to get great shots of stage shows, without using the flash and setting aperture priority. I guess stage lighting is still brighter to the camera then regular indoor lighting (or the subjects are more brightly lit compared to the surroundings). In any case, I'm happy with the lens, though having to switch between the 18-55 and the 55-210, is somewhat of a hassle, but the price for the 18-200 is much more of a deterrent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great second lens for the 6300

    Posted
    KenB9
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    If you got to this review, I am a beginning photographer but was done with point and shoot cameras and wanted to move to both interchangeable lenses and better camera electronics. I read a lot of reviews, talked to some friends, and then went to Best Buy. Both the entry level DSLRs (like the Canon Rebel) and the Sony alpha series met the need and, depending on the latest or the almost the latest models, were comparably priced. Both my camera-knowledgeable friends and the man in the blue shirt said similar things: think about the glass more than the camera body. How many lenses do you think you will you want (then double that number)? In the end the alpha 55-210 lens was on sale with the camera and I went Sony. My spouse also liked that the alpha 6300 fit better in her hands and the controls seemed less intimidating... time will tell but the photos have been great thus far!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome camera

    Posted
    S1krider
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    Love the camera, functions well... And very user friendly! Absolutely love it, however the store in Laguna niguel did not have the camera in stock, so I paid for the camera and went to pick it up again a store in lake forest, after picking it up and driving home. I found the camera had looked used, it would t even turn on. Tried different charging cables... Nothing. I called the Laguna niguel store and was advised to bring the camera in so they can look at it.... They then suggested I take the item to a different store in Costa Mesa for an exchange, after driving to Costa Mesa for an exchange, i explain the situation and was told they wouldn't exchange it, I had receipts less than 2 hours old, they made phone calls between stores, the out come was that I purchase a new camera from Costa Mesa and return the original that was broken back to their lake forest store for a refund. I'd recommend the product to others but my buying experience was HORRIBLE

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sharp enough, but slow auto-focus

    Posted
    TonyD
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    My first use of this new lens was taking some indoor photos at a college graduation ceremony. While I appreciate the compact sized lens on a compact sized camera, getting focus on distant objects/people isn't so easy compared to a full size camera with a standard grip. My previous camera, a Nikon D800 with a Tamron 70-200 lens could lock focus at least 4x faster - but it's a totally unfair comparison. In time, I'll improve my technique, but I wish I had tried Sony's 18-200 lens. If it is noticeably faster to auto-focus, I think it would be worth the extra cost. If it's not any better, than the 55-210 is definitely the way to go. The shots that turned out, turned out great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Reach out and see some one or something

    Posted
    GHB9
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    Light, nimble, compact, balanced are words that come to mind. I have used the lens for nature, architectural, sports and general family pictures. The same for the movie mode. The photo quality more than meets my needs. Others are much better equipped to give the reader technical measurements and criticism than me. The lens meets my needs completely. Coupled with an A6000 I was able to take full telephoto movies and pictures of a lacrosse game at an outdoor stadium; slightly before sunset to after sunset and stadium light with full resolution and natural consistent color. The automatic settings did nothing odd with the ISO setting. The players were not blurred the ball was blurred slightly. Useful effective lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi GHB9, Thanks for the great review on the lens. We can see how happy you are with it. Enjoy! Thanks_Mitch Sonystyle

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

    Posted
    Clickityclacke
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    Bought this to add some range to my a6300, typically shoot with with a 28/1.8. After reading all the reviews there was little to no other option. There are maybe three zoom lenses for the e-mount system. So few options that this is actually the kit lens when you buy the zoom lens camera body. Don't let the fact that this is really your only option turn you off, this is a very good lens. Zooms way in and takes really good crisp pictures even zoomed all the way in and hand held...if you have the right settings on your camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect addition for the SONY NEX camera user.

    Posted
    sailg
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    This is a great addition for someone who has a NEX camera with the 18-55 mm kit lens. It is small and light enough to be used single handed with the camera if necessary. Images are incredibly sharp, even indoors, low light without flash. Maximum aperture at extreme telephoto range is very high which limits depth of field control. Best use would be sports, action, nature photography in daylight conditions. Built-in stabilization and high effective ASA allows great photos even at maximum telephoto range since any lens movement is magnified. Construction appears to be mainly plastic, but that probably helps keep it light. Lens is expensive compared to other brands, but works extremely well with the NEX cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great and versatile lens

    Posted
    EmilyHennessey

    This lens came with the camera in the kit I purchased, and I couldn't be happier. I was worried about using a lens like this for portraits, but it has given me some great photos. It's great for traveling what with it's telephoto capabilities, and is relatively light weight. It can be a bit cumbersome when trying to get a wide framed shot, but to be fair, that's not what the cameras meant for. The lens itself is high quality and feels great in your hands. Overall, I would highly recommend this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great telephoto lens for the money

    Posted
    Mark
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    I looked at buying the Sony lens on Amazon and EBAY . Some lenses on these sites were very inexpensive and came with filters and other accessories , but I did not buy them based upon reviews but also questioned the quality, origin of the lens itself, and warranty. As such I purchased from best buy and they matched the Amazon prime price that was listed. Over all the lens works solid and zooms in great with quality photos. I would have liked to have the fully automatic lens with zoom and stabilization but I'm just getting into photography. Once I get more serious then I'll go and spend $1000 + for different lenses. I would highly recommend this lens and the quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entry level telephoto

    Posted
    Charles
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    I am used to shooting a Canon 50D with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. This lens is more like a telephoto kit lens, similar to the Canon starter lenses. It gives more reach for long photos, and better compression to shoot portraits at 200mm. It doesn't have the speed of high end lenses for shooting sports. I would also note that the f/stops of this lens doesn't lend itself to low light photography. A decent lens for the price, but don't expect the stars on a flashlight budget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Too Soon

    Posted
    PleaseShareYourThoughts
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    I have not owned this item long enough nor I have I had the opportunity to use this lens enough to provide in-depth feedback. Here is what I do know: I got a great deal on it at Best Buy. The price beat Amazon by almost $150.00 Although it is listed as automatic, my camera will not fully zoom in or out with the lens. Final focusing on either end must be done manually. I will not say much about pictures, because I have not taken enough yet and I would not want to mislead anyone. The few I have taken on full zoom are great. Finally, if you buy a product, please share your feedback. Most of us value and depend on what our peers say.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great Quality Lens for a great price

    Posted
    Marineo
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    I was hesitant in buying this telephoto lens as it was for my daughter's camera that I was "borrowing" for a trip to Siberia. My own camera (a different brand was being repaired and would not be completed in time.I checked out the reviews and was pleasantly surprised by the price. The telephoto lens for my own was 3X the cost. It is simple to attach and detach, even when you are in brutal environments, which was a real benefit for me. The pictures looked incredible and crisp. I liked it so much that I bought the same camera for myself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great deal versus Sony/Zeiss

    Posted
    CharlieCat
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    there are lots of reviews out there for this lens on reputable sites, so i will just add my approval to what they mostly say--for what you pay this is a nice lens. Obviously it isn't super-crisp crisp Zeiss glass--whether by Zeiss itself or by Sony to Zeiss specs--but it isn't that soft and really does the job well. My purchase was an especially good deal as I bought it on Black Friday as part of a package but was then able to return the rest of the package for an adjusted refund. Thanks, local Best Buy, for making it a painless process. A great addition for my NEX-6, soon to be an a6000

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good quality optics, decent price

    Posted
    aburges
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    This lens is no frills (but OSS) and gets the job done very well. Given the size and price, this lens is excellent. Great for during the day as the focal/aperture range is perfect. Depending on your camera, late in the day shots can get a bit noisy but again realizing the limitations with the lens will help you greatly. Oh yeah, great video lens too! Its about the size of a small red bull can. Its much lighter and easier to handle than the 18-200mm monster. For the same price as that lens (899), I have 2 excellent lenses. I have this on my NEX-6 complementing the 35mm F1.8. These are the only 2 lenses I need for 100% of situations.

    I would recommend this to a friend