Sony AF DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 A-mount lens review by tpolakov

reviewer#4623 date: Jan-4-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 50 1.7
price paid:in A 300 kit
Nice color/contrast

negative:Filter ring rotates, otherwise nothing for this price (600 EUR for the Alpha 300 double zoom kit)
comment:This is a wonderful little lens - much better than the 18-70 kit lens with regards to sharpness/contrast. Focuses a tiny bit slower in low light, but it is to be expected. No zoom creep. Bokeh about average.
All in all, for the price in the kit - I would say best value for money (maybe the Tamron 55-200 may beat it in this respect, if it has the same IQ as reviews suggest).

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 35
  • sharpness: 4.33
  • color: 4.40
  • build: 3.71
  • distortion: 4.43
  • flare control: 4.40
  • overall: 4.25 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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