Sony 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 9   
reviewer#44555 date: Jul-28-2020
sharpness: 2.5
color: 2
build: 3
distortion: 2
flare control: 3
overall: 2.5
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:Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM
Sony AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
price paid:AU$200 new
positive:Silent and accurate AF
OSS built-in
Did not rotate while AF
Light and compact
Super cheap in E-mount line up, got my second copy for AU$200 back in 2016, sold for $100 in 2020 in poor condition.

negative:Poor optic after 70mm - tele side.
Soft even at f8.
Decent AF speed on a6x00 model, however losing AF tracking sometimes still occur.
Slow aperture.
Flat colour.
Weak macro, macro adapter required.
Not long enough. Another alternative in native E mount would be 70-350G, but that was 8 years late, also costs 6 times more (RPR AU$1200-$1700 in AUS, 2020)
comment:I think it is one of the oldest lenses that E-mount had, right?
Bought the first one with NEX7 back in 2012. The combo blew my mind as it was super compact and light compared to the heavy DLSR/SLT camera.
Basically just a Sony low-end tele lens, but worse than the previous A-mount version. Slow aperture, not long enough.

As a public transport enthusiast, I shoot transport vehicles with this lens, as well as used it as a travel lens taking photos of wildlife in the hiking. The AF-C tracking was decent enough to capture moving vehicles, especially on a6x00 model.

It was great for bus shots, ok for the train but sometimes not long enough for planespotting, even at the longest 210mm end (~300+mm 135 equivalent). Sadly Sony did not provide a 55-300mm on E-mount, as well the slow aperture makes photo looks horrible while shooting in harsh light conditions.

Lack of macro features. Need an adapter to do some closed up shots. And just like what I said, it's not a sharp lens, so stacking images also required to make photos look good. But once again, what are you excepting? It just a Sony low-end kit lens.

Recommend only when the budget is tight. Don't waste your time, go for the 70-350G or even more expensive 140GM/260G if you have enough money!
reviewer#40954 date: Oct-26-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sony DT 18-200
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Sony DT 55-300 SAM
Tamron 18-250
Tamron 70-300 USD
Minolta AF 35-200 Xi
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 70-210 F4.5-5.6 I/II
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
Tokina AF 35-200 SD
Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO
Various MF zooms
price paid:128 USD (used)
positive:Silent OSS and AF
Internal focus
Flat focus plane
Smooth, consistent zoom action
Non-rotating filter threads
Rubber zoom grips
negative:Optically slow:
66 mm F4.5
89 mm F5
155 mm F5.6
Gear noise with zoom
Style doesn't match silver 18-55 OSS
Modest circular hood
Corner shading similar to DT 55-200
comment:Very clean silver model with both original caps and hood from an individual eBay seller. This lens has pretty much only been available separately at the full retail price of $350. Though it is often available for only $150 extra if ordered as part of a kit with a new body. Used prices are often higher than $150, so I feel like I got a decent deal. "MADE IN THAILAND"

The form factor reminds me quite a bit of the Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5. It shares the 49 mm filter thread size of that lens and the later Minolta 70-210mm F4.5-5.6 lenses. It is quite thin and long, but fully retracted it is slightly shorter the DT 55-200 on an adapter. It doesn't extend quite as far as the DT 55-200 does at 200mm and minimum focus distance.

The maximum aperture at specific focal lengths is similar to the Tamron 18-250 F3.5-6.3, and slower than either of the DT 55-x00 zooms, but f/6.3 is only a third stop slower than f/5.6. But it is a full stop slower at 100 mm than the DT 55-200 SAM.

This copy is decently sharp wide-open at all focal lengths. The corners are sharper than the DT 55-200 at the same apertures. It has similar corner shading to the DT 55-200.

It actually handles fairly well on the A5000. Maybe I am just getting used to larger lenses on that body now. AF performance is certainly much better than any of the A mount lenses using the LA-EA1 on the A5000. Of course the actual AF performance is pretty poor compared to an A-mount body with pretty much any AF lens.

The Sony VCL-DH1758 x1.7 Tele Conversion Lens for Cyber-shot DSC-H1 can be attached with a 49 to 58 mm step up ring and increases the focal length a bit beyond 300 mm while not significantly decreasing the light intensity or sharpness. It also increases the minimum focus distance significantly and the built-in hood vignettes the field-of-view below 80 mm. AF and OSS works reasonable well through the teleconverter.

I've seen a lot of complaints about Sony's E mount lens lineup, but I have a hard time squaring those with the actual performance of the E mount lenses I've tried. This is another good lens. It is definitely worth the extra $150 to add to your camera order. It is not a 55-300mm F4-5.6 or a 50-135mm F2.8, but it is a perfectly reasonable telephoto zoom.
reviewer#26563 date: Apr-25-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:16-50 kit
price paid:$120
positive:Cheap, OSS, build is pretty good, lite, pretty good resolution
negative:Wish it went to 2.8.... lol
comment:I have owned this lens for years and never really used it till I went to concert where I couldn't take my A99 in, took my a6000 and smuggled this in. Ended up with some amazing shots from the crowd while getting pushed around, says great things about the a6000 and OSS in the lens.
reviewer#24487 date: Feb-6-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 MD 75-200mm f4.5
Minolta MD 70-210mm f4
Canon 70-210mm f4 L
Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G SSM
price paid:£200.00
positive:A good buy for little money in lens terms. Nice and light with OSS and pretty sharp throughout the range
negative:Silver - what were they thinking? But later models are in black also.
comment:Rather a bargain really, which is more than can be said for Sony FE zoom lenses. Great kit for travel
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.
reviewer#14238 date: May-2-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:Tamron 70-200/2.8
Tokina 80-200/2.8 ATX Pro
Sony 70-400G
price paid:200€
positive:sharp
versatile range
negative:apperture
size
comment:nice lens, versatille but it is either to big or do not open wid enough
reviewer#12216 date: Mar-30-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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 AF 4,5-5,6/75-300 mm New
Sony FE 4,0/70-200 mm G OSS
Sony A 4,5-5,6/70-300 mm G SSM II
price paid:279,00 €
positive:Relatively sharp, large focal range, light, built in OSS, useful lens hood, straight guide, pleasant feel, very good price-/performance relation.
negative:Unfortunately, only F6.3 aperture at the end, color could be a little better, no zoom-lock.
comment:As part of my travel gear (two cameras/three lenses) the lens is indispensable. The rubber/metal finish makes a high-quality impression, despite the low price. The built-OSS is extremely useful in a telephoto zoom. Most bothers me the lack of zoom-lock. Overall: Recommended!
reviewer#11678 date: Feb-4-2014
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:SEL35F28Z
SEL35F18
SEL1855
SEL1650Z
SEL55210
Minolta AF 75-300 f4.5-5.6 II
price paid:299 AUD new
positive:Reach
Good for travel
Light
OSS
negative:Useless on the A7, no OSS
Bit slow
comment:Useful lens for travel, not that sharp so no massive crops. OSS works well but isn't enabled on the A7. Colour is nice but no as nice as the Minolta AF 75-300 f4.5-5.6 II. AF works well but a little slow
reviewer#11525 date: Dec-6-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:
missing
price paid:250USD (new)
positive:- Light weight
- Useful hood
negative:F4.5~6.3
comment:This kit lens have very good sharpness. However, color is flat compared with Minolta.
This lens will be more fun if the aperture is at F4~5.6.
reviews found: 9   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 4.06
  • color: 4.11
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.11
  • overall: 4.12

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