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

reviewer#6911 date: Feb-14-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 18-70 kit lens
Minolta Beercan, 75-300 D
many others...
price paid:
positive:IQ is much better than the Sony 18-70 kit lens and many Minolta kit lenses
negative:It is nothing special
comment:I got this lens with my A350 new as part of the kit when the A350 was being discontinued... it cost me nothing and I expected nothing from it. I've rarely used it.

However, I did test it. It feels cheap, but it is put together precisely and is fairly good optically. Overall, IQ is much better than the 18-70. It is more like the 75-300, but the 75-300 has longer reach, so why use this lens? My Beercan has still better IQ and is faster. This lens is smaller and lighter, but that's not really enough to impress me.

In summary, it is a pretty good lens, but nothing special. It certainly is a good mate to the 18-55mm kit lens, but I don't have one of those.

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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