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

reviewer#5083 date: Mar-23-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Minolta 70-210 f4 (Beercan) Now sold
price paid:99 UKP
Circular Aperture
negative:Slight CA at tele end (Very slight)
comment:I love this lens. I badly broke my elbow a few years back and can't bend it to hold my lens when taking photos so all my freehand photography is done one handed. Sadly, this rules out heavy lenses like the beercan unless I'm using a tripod. That said I often choose this lens over the beercan anyway as I just love it. I have now sold the beercan as I'm more than happy with this.

Anybody who passes up on this lens because it's cheap, plastic, a kit lens etc. is missing out. There are some outstanding cheap lenses to be had out there. There is nothing wrong with plastic, both in the body or elements of a lens. I have terrible eyesight and have been looking through plastic lenses for nearly 30 years and for so many reasons I would not use glass. Mainly for the weight.

I would choose a modern plastic, lightweight lens over a 20 year old, heavy, metal lens any day. The technology now is far superior than it was even 5 years ago. Would you buy a VHS player or a Blu-Ray?

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania