Sony 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS E-mount lens review by ghmcs

reviewer#21444 date: Dec-2-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta A 100-200mm f/4.5
Sony A 55-200mm f/4-5.6
price paid:182 USD (used)
positive:reasonable size
low cost
useful zoom range
very good build quality
IQ up to 100mm
negative:IQ above 100mm
comment:This is a hard lens to review. If it stopped at 100mm, I would rate IQ as very good. Unfortunately, above 100mm this lens isn't very sharp and, at 200mm, is just bad. Wish Sony would invest in a redesign for native E-mount; they already have a template, because the A-mount version is a whole lot better above 100mm.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.05
  • color: 4.20
  • build: 4.30
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.10
  • overall: 4.13 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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