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

reviewer#9969 date: Feb-24-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:minolta 24-85
price paid:199 CAD (new)
positive:sharp even wide open at center
great for portrait
negative:soft corners wide open
minimum focal distance
plastic mount
comment:Very sharp wide open (for center and a bit soft at the corners). My favorite lens for portraits during the day, sharp and great color. My sharpest portraits are taken from this lens.

Sharper than 24-85 and 18-55 across all ranges. Comparable to the 50/f1.8 and 35f1.8 below 100mm.

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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