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

reviewer#6024 date: Sep-10-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
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:Sigma 28-200mm
Tamron 28-300mm
price paid:100 USD (new)
positive:Light Weight
Macro (close up images)
negative:Nothing considering Cost
comment:Excellent lightweight lens and very usable range. This was my long zoom on a hectic trip to Italy this spring. It did very well. I was able to get shots with it that I would have missed only packing the Sony 16-105mm which did incredibly well.

I am also very impressed with what you could call Macro shots (you can't get close to your subject. Minimum focus is around 4 feet I think) with this little lens. It takes very sharp close ups with decent bokeh for the money. I wouldn't put it up against my 70-300mm G lens, but it's very impressive bang for the buck.

When I pack two cameras for hiking up in the Rockies this goes on my KM7D, the 16-105mm on the a700 along with the 70-300mm G strapped on my lumbar pack .
Nice to have a lightweight lens like this for quick captures that otherwise I might miss trying to pull up the 70-300mm.

This lens produces much better images than the 'compared to' list above. I tried them for walk around/all-in-one lens for travel, but was very disappointed in them as they produced unusable soft images. I have not tried the 18-250, but doubt that I will considering cost, and I'm not willing to give up either the 16mm zoom or 300G lens and that would make the 18-250 a costly and redundant lens. The 55-200mm makes a nice back up or lightweight travel option if that's a major concern.

If you're looking for nice quality images in an inexpensive/light weight package try this lens.

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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