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

reviewer#7261 date: Apr-7-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 70-300 APO
Minolta 70-210 f4 (Beercan)
price paid:€ 120,- (new)
Light, easy to carry
Smooth zoomring
muted colors
Plastic mount
comment:I own this lens since jan. 2009 when I bought it with the A300 and it still serves me well on my A700.

* Sharpness is amazing for such a light lens and better than the lenses I compare it with (even the beercan!).

* Colors are muted and being a matter of taste I however would have liked to see more sparkling, deeper colors. CA is sometimes present in high contrast pictures but never a real life problem (MUCH better than the beercan in this respect).

* The build of this lens is good, despite being completely plastic. The zoom and focus rings are smooth (!), much much better than the Sigma 70-300, which is not smooth at all. Lens mount is also plastic. I prefer the Beercan build; indestructible but therefore also heavier.

* The only thing that annoys me is the distortion that turns up in pictures taken above 135mm. No straight line is left straight and always needs post-processing to correct. (That's the reason I bought a Beercan but it broke after a week and I guess I am stuck with this lens again...)

Give this lens a change; it deserves a place in your camera bag when you want to travel light. With post-processing on the colors and the distortion you can have quality pictures, looking as if they were made with a much more expensive lens.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania