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

reviewer#4789 date: Feb-2-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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
Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 35-70
Minolta 35-105
Tamron 24-135
Sigma 17-70
price paid:Part of A300 Kit
positive:Quite sharp
Nice colors
Nice Bokeh
Focal range
Close focusing distance
negative:Build not great, but not bad either.
comment:This is another sleeper of a lens that, unfortunately, gets saddled with the "kit lens" stigma. I got it as part of a two lens kit with my A300. The other lens in the kit, a 18-70, is mediocre at best, but this lens was a very pleasant surprise. My shots are consistently sharp and many who ask me what lens I used are surprised when I tell them. It's a shame that people are so often turned off when they hear something is a kit lens and never give it a chance. This is a very good, underrated, lens that can be had for a steal. I used to look for a good deal on a Beercan, but not since I got this lens and see how well it performs.

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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