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Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Sony E-Mount Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 82.5-315mm
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/22
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Aspherical Focusing Lens
  • Direct Manual Focus Capability
  • Internal Autofocus Drive
  • Circular Aperture, 7 Blades
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The black E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens from Sony features extra-low dispersion glass, a broad zoom range and aluminum alloy construction. On an APS-C camera, this zoom lens has a 82.5-315mm focal length range, suitable for event photography and portraiture alike. Internal focusing and linear motor-driven AF system help create responsive yet quiet focus while minimizing mechanical noise. Additionally, a separate manual focusing ring capable of Direct Manual Focus allows seamless transitions from AF to manual focusing.

Two extra-low dispersion elements, combined with Sony's Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization, improve the overall quality of images captured at the telephoto end of the zoom range, especially while shooting in low-light conditions. OSS is capable of reducing the appearance of camera shake by up to four stops. An aspherical focusing lens located in the center of the optical path help to reduce aberrations throughout the zoom range as well as improve the AF response time of the lens.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is capable of compensating for camera shake up to four f-stops, useful for handheld shooting in low-light conditions at the super-telephoto end of the focal length range.
Two extra-low dispersion glass elements and an aspherical focus lens help to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range while maintaining image sharpness and clarity.
Zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 82.5-315mm, providing a broad range of telephoto perspectives.
Internal zoom and focus design helps to maintain a constant lens length with a non-rotating front element to support efficient use of polarizing filters.
Zoom lever allows greater control over the speed of zoom using either variable or fixed-speed settings.
Internal AF drive utilizing a linear motor and aspherical focus lens to achieve smooth focus while minimizing mechanical noise.
Direct Manual Focus permits autofocus override without switching the camera's focus mode.
Performance
Focal Length 55 - 210mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 82 - 315 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)
Format Compatibility Sony NEX (APS-C)
Angle of View 28.2° - 7.8°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.28' (1.00 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:0
Elements/Groups 13/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.51 x 4.25" (63.8 x 108 mm)
Weight 12.17 oz (345 g)
Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black)
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    SonyE 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 161 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (89)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (62)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (83)
    • Easy to use (76)
    • Durable (36)
    • Reliable (36)
    • Easily interchangeable (29)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (10)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)
    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (52)
    • Landscape photography (39)
    • Everyday (37)
    • Landscape/scenery (30)
    • Portraits (29)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (36), Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-professional (14), Tech savvy (9), Casual photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (129), Yes (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great addition for my lovely Sony NEX

    This telephoto lens is an amazing addition to an even more wonderfull NEX camera. The reason that I choose this camera and lens is that I see it comfortable to take it (unlike a...Read complete review

    This telephoto lens is an amazing addition to an even more wonderfull NEX camera. The reason that I choose this camera and lens is that I see it comfortable to take it (unlike a big and probably better SLR) to any outdoor activity event. I got wonderful pictures with this kit during rock climbing, skiing and travelling. Apparently I became a NEX-fan

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent long telephoto.

    Sony doesn't offer, as of yet, a hi-end long e-mount telephoto for their nex system. Because I like the compactness and autofocus capabilities of native lenses I bought this.

    It...Read complete review

    Sony doesn't offer, as of yet, a hi-end long e-mount telephoto for their nex system. Because I like the compactness and autofocus capabilities of native lenses I bought this.

    It did not give me the color pop or contrast of other lenses like Sony's 10-18 ultra wide zoom, Zeiss 24 prime or Sony 50,1.8.

    Autofocus is slow. Don't expect to use this for sports or wildlife unless the subject is stationary.

    However, the images are reasonable. I'll continue to use this lens. Sharpness is pretty decent.

    I have also not experienced any lens creep. This has been a problem for others but not me. Maybe when it gets older it will occur. Easily fixed with a wide rubber band around the lens barrel.

    For the price they are charging it's a good value. Just don't have unreasonable expectations.

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    5.0

    Package Deal

    By silverprint

    from Staten Island NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Street photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

    Lens came as a package deal with the A6000. B&H special event sale made it even better

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    • No

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    4.0

    Worth the price

    By SteveH

    from Philly burbs

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

        I'm still getting used to my a6000 and the new lens but I try and take it everywhere to get some experience using the lens. I do notice some pictures are crystal clear and others are a little soft. At this point I'm not sure it's the focus or the lens.

        But the pictures that are clear come out with fine detail even zooming in 150%

        I have a Tamron SP 60-300 and 28-80 and have had hot and miss success with them also so I think it is focus. I need to play around with the AF settings to see which best works for me.

        But about ready to travel to Iceland where light shouldn't be a problem so that will be the real test.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Excellent Image Quality

        By Tony

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Manual Zoom Only

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

        Nice construction and outstanding image quality throughout its range. OSS works well too. But I often use this lens for field video, so I had to deduct a point for the absence of a motorized zoom. I would have paid a hundred bucks more for that.

        Overall, I consider this lens under-priced for its level of performance, especially considering I spent twice as much on a similar Nikon zoom for my DSLR that doesn't photos any better than this one.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Value

        By iampeteT

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

              No complaints about the lens. The value is great.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great Little Lens

              By TonyK

              from Santa Monica

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                this is a great little lens: very sharp, excellent contrast and small considering the zoom range. Easily fits in your pocket. OSS is very effective and one can easily hand hold at 1/8 second on the short end and 1/20 on the long.

                Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because of the plastic lens flange. I'm sure Sony will say that the plastic is stronger and more accurate than the metal but I still like metal. Call me old fashioned.

                If you are looking for an indoor, low light lens this isn't it. If you are looking for a good all around tele zoom then you can't go wrong.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Surprised!

                By Reata Cowhand

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                  Many reviews mention this lens is soft at 210mm. I found this is not the case at all. In fact, my test shots are very sharp at all focal lengths. The Steady Shot feature on this lens works remarkably well.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  light, effective lens for sony A7s camera

                  By jim

                  from wisconsin

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                    The lens is well constructed, light and reliable.
                    Images are sharp and AF fair.
                    Works well with the Sony A7S camera, and the price is fair.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    A must for your rig

                    By David Parker

                    from Grant, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                      This is a great add on for the A6000. It's simply the best is all I have to say.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Incredible Lens

                      By PeterCSCO

                      from Texas Hill Country & the Rockies

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                        Awesome image quality and flexibility, decent weight. It does add some length to your camera so it's a little tougher to take hiking but definitely worth it. Indoor portrait quality is outstanding.

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                        5.0

                        Day time lens

                        By Darrin

                        from Montana

                        Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                        This lens is always over looked part of it is the price. (It's cheap ) I found this lens to be super sharp in direct sun light. That is why this is my sunny day lens .

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                        5.0

                        Cheap only in price ...

                        By Jamie

                        from Bogota, colombia

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use

                          Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                          Perfect lens and easy to use ... totally exceeded my expectations ... low price and a smart choice if you do no want to spend too much... if you need something that does the job this is the perfect complement for your nex camera ... Became a NEX fan

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Better than I thought it would be

                          By ic2foto

                          from Western PA

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                            I got this lens for $ over the holidays with the purchase of an a6000. I generally own/use very good glass, but I don't use long lenses that often and was hoping the 55-210mm would hold me over until I can afford to add a higher end tele-zoom. To my pleasant surprise my copy is quite a good lens and I won't be in any hurry to replace it. I've only tested it at f/8 on a tripod (because that is how I will use it). Very nice results at all the marked focal lengths w/ 210mm being a little softer at the edges but still quite acceptable. Contrast and color balance on the a6000 are not like a Zeiss lens, but very usable even for critical work. At $ I would give the lens a 10+ for value if I could. I've tested lenses costing many multiples of that which were not nearly as good. Build quality is not like that of a pro lens, but is better than I thought it would be. It is slow (f4.5-6.3) so not a serious lens for sports, but that keeps the size and weight down which is fine for me as I'm primarily a landscape photographer. AF is quick on the a6000 and zooming throughout the range is smooth and easy with about the right amount of resistance. If this is a lens that suits your work and you can purchase one during a promotion for $ or less I would absolutely recommend this lens. At the $ MSRP I would have to give it some additional thought, but like I wrote above – I've tested lenses costing $-$ that have not performed as well.

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                            4.0

                            Great lens for the money

                            By charlie

                            from mendocino county, ca

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                              When I buy a lens, I'm looking for a combination of qualities – good image quality, good value for the money, optical image stabilization, and easy to carry. This lens has all 4. It may not get the best scores on professional lens rating websites, but in real world settings, its image quality is just fine. It's also not expensive, it's optically stabilized, and it's light in weight. Just what I was looking for. I would recommend it, and I'd buy it again if I needed to.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Good Lens, Great Price

                              By Karl the Editor

                              from Fort Washington, MD

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                                Took it out for a spin as soon as I got it a few weeks ago. It exceeded my expectations...a lot more durable than I thought and stable. Perfectly integrates with my Sony Nex-7.

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                                4.0

                                Get A Little Closer with this Lens!

                                By Uncontained Life Traveler

                                from Long Beach, CA

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                                  This lens works well for my purposes and for the price. It is sharp and has a great feel. I'm enjoying this lens.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good glass for the price

                                  By Jem

                                  from NJ

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                                    It is a very good standard zoom lens for the $. I got it along with a6000, so there was a discount too. Only problem I faced is the slow focus in max zoom.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good Value

                                    By Echo

                                    from US

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                      Cons

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                                          Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                                          This represents very good value for entry zoom lens, especially if you manage to get a deal on it. No problems with quality, it's light and complements well 16-50 lens in my case.

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                                          4.0

                                          Nice Entry Telephoto

                                          By New to Mirrorless

                                          from Westchester, NY

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits
                                            • Traveling

                                            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                                            This is what it is, an entry level zoom lens that I felt I needed when I bought the a6000. It came as part of the bundle and so far seems to be a nice lens. I've shot some portraits of my wife with it and I think it's crisp and easy to use.

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                                            • No

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                                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            3.0

                                            good lense

                                            By russellv

                                            from indio ca

                                            About Me Semi-Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • Not Durable

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Everyday use
                                            • Home

                                            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                                            takes decent pictures not very well built plastic casing

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent value!

                                            By Dave

                                            from New Jersey

                                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Complements 16-50 Kit Zoo
                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Portraits
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                                              Great lens for outdoor captures and indoor portraits as well. Fairly light weight and easy to carry around on long shooting days.

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