Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM A-mount lens review by ratboy

reviewer#11893 date: Jul-6-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Tamron DI 55-200
Tamron 70-300mm F4/5.6 DI LD Macro
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG APO Macro
price paid:249GBP
positive:Low cost
Excellent sharpness
Handy range
negative:Could be SAM2
Rotating front element
comment:Very pleasantly surprised b this lens. Its by far the sharpest I've ever used in this range. It's not actually that slow at focusing but considering it's a fairly recent lens I am surprised it is not at least a SAM2 lens wit DMF. I haven't really used it for sports or wildlife so can't really comment on its abilities in these areas.

Suits my needs just fine. Great value for money it's not stunning but solid optically.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 18
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 4.11
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.49 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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