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

reviewer#6022 date: Sep-10-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan
135 2.8
50 1.7
200 2.8
100 2
CZ 16-80
price paid:
positive:Light (is it really on my camera?)
Pretty sharp
Zoom ring
negative:Rotating front element
comment:Got this one used on dyxum and it has fulfilled expectations – very decent for what it costs. A great, light, easy to carry travel or hiking lens. The 55mm wide end makes it very flexible. Colours and contrast are somewhat flat compared to CZ or Minolta primes but still respectable. It's so easy to carry around, well balanced with nice zoom ring. Biggest gripe is the rotating front element – I'd pay another 100 just for that; but what can you expect for so cheap? It was a good accompaniment to my CZ 16-80 on my vacation. This one is recommended for anyone on a budget or travelling light. Alas the slightly larger and much heavier 70-300G has elbowed it out.

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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