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Sony - 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 E-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens - Silver

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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    What's Included


    • Sony 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 E-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
    • Lens cap, rear lens cap
    • Solid round lens hood (ALC-SH115)
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (940 out of 974)

    Features


    Compatible with most Sony NEX digital cameras

    For use with your existing camera.

    Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

    Helps you capture crisp, steady images and lets you record clear videos in low-light environments or while zooming in on distant subjects.

    Quiet internal autofocusing

    Ensures smooth, responsive focusing on subjects as close as 3.2', so you can enjoy sharp, blur-free photos and videos.

    Metal exterior finish

    Offers a durable design.

    55-210mm focal length (35mm equivalent 82.5-315mm)

    Wide range helps you capture a variety of shots.

    3.8x zoom

    Lets you capture up-close detail from far away.

    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.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 974 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not a bad lens

      Posted
      Hankzilla
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      The right price and size

      Posted
      MAS321
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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

      A Rolls Royce of Telephoto Lenses

      Posted
      dcisive
      • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great stabilized telephoto zoom for Nex system

      Posted
      UBet
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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




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