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

reviewer#44268 date: Apr-28-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 75-300mm f4.5-5.6
Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 'new'
Sony 18-250mm f3.5-6.3
Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G
Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 G
Tamron 200-400mm
price paid:£130 s/h
positive:Sharp, not too heavy, inexpensive.
negative:The focusing isn't as quick or quiet as it could be.

The front element rotates when focusing.
comment:Much sharper than either of the 75-300mms, the 18-250mm and the 200-400mm. For the price, it's a complete bargain - you have to pay much more to do better for an APS-C camera.

I have some great nature shots from it, both in the wild and at zoos.

The only reason I'm not still using this one is that the 70-300mm G is noticeably better - but not much better, optically - and is also usable handheld.

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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