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

reviewer#5615 date: Jul-1-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 CZ 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5
Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (Beercan)
price paid:270 CAD + TX (New)
positive:+ Sharp, even wide open
+ Relatively fast
+ Lightweight & compact
+ Short minimum focusing distance
+ ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
+ Well-made (in spite of plastic...)
negative:- "Sony's Best Kept Secret Yet!"
- Some people won't trust built qualities
- Nothing else really worth mentioning!
comment:Sony's 55-200mm focuses quickly and accurately with my A700, even indoor. Resulting pictures are sharp at all apertures, colourful, with no flare, ghosting, or distortion. Due to its surprising IQ and low market price, I think that this lens offers a great alternative to the legendary Beercan; it also represents a tremendous gift from Sony to its demanding user base in terms of quality over price ratio!!!

This lens can also give great results when used wide open, contrary to most other super zooms available that need to be stopped down at the long end in order to stay sharp. It remains at f/4 from 55mm to 100mm, quite serviceable given that my 16-105mm requires no less than f/5.6 in the same focal zone. Bokeh is good, semi-macro shots too!

Needless to say, I really enjoy using this inexpensive, fearless, underrated gem during casual weekends or local excursions...

rating summary

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  • 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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