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

reviewer#6185 date: Oct-6-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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:
price paid:129 EURO
positive:- Lightweight
- Sharp
- F4,5 over much of the mid range
negative:- Yes slightly on the plasticy side
- Front moves
- Slight CA creeps in
- Flare can become an issue to!
comment:Being my first lens into the mid ranges it is surprisingly good. Who would expect a kit lens to be that good and neutral.

Yes it feels cheaper, plasticly but the optics are great. It has that nasty quart-focus Sony uses. Meaning that it can be hard to get the right focus because of the limited "subtility" so to say.

The pictures as this is where it matters are very neutral compared to the obviously warm colored Minolta objectives. Going to this more neutral is a step but well what is there to complain about.

It has ED glass very nice on this price level. It does has some CA but usually fixable during raw conversion. Would be nice if it had less CA though.

But for the money this is pretty decent a deal.

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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