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

reviewer#4892 date: Feb-22-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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
Tamron 17-50
price paid:230 USD
positive:Lightweight and compact. Genuinely 4-4.5 for much of the zoom range. Great sharpness to 150-160 and still good out to 200. Good lens hood included.
comment:Fantastic lens for those of us with an occasional need for telephoto but who don't want the weight or size of other similar lenses. This lens goes into a ziploc bag and into my pocket regularly.

Yes the lens is very light and has a plastic mount but that does not mean it is poorly built. Both Sony and Tamron versions carry exactly the same guarantee as their more expensive products.

I've never used a beercan but having handled one in a camera store s/h department I can't see any reason to choose it over this.

Even this more expensive Sony version is a bargain.

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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