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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

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 109 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (61)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (40)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (59)
    • Easy to use (57)
    • Durable (27)
    • Reliable (27)
    • Easily interchangeable (24)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (9)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)
    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (37)
    • Everyday (26)
    • Landscape photography (26)
    • Landscape/scenery (25)
    • Shooting outdoors (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (23), Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-professional (11), Tech savvy (9), Casual photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (94), Yes (6)

    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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    2.0

    Not Super Impressed

    By mgb3558

    from Kansas City, MO

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Range
    • Weight

    Cons

    • Sharpness

    Best Uses

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

      The optical quality of this lens is disappointing. It is light, well made, and I like the range. But I'm getting very soft images across the range. Not sure if it is defective and I need to return it or this is really what I should be expecting. If it is, I am very unimpressed.

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      5.0

      Great lens for Nex 7

      By Charlie

      from Miami, FL

      Verified Buyer

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

      Lens takes great pictures, is light weight, and seems durable. Great addition to my Nex 7. The zoom on it is incredible and goes pretty far. Images are crisp and detailed.

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      5.0

      very good lens~

      By yemin2014

      from Min Ye, NC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quarlity
      • Light Weight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

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

        I use it as a accessory to my A6000 with a 16-50mm lens and it works so good for a zoom shot from long distance!

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Excellent Lens

        By gann

        from Minnesota

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I used this lens to take family close ups.
          Excellent photos.

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          4.0

          Good zoom

          By Mommy Paparazzo

          from Berkeley, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          It's a good standard zoom lens, and I like the way it's constructed. That being said, I haven't had all that much opportunity to use it so far.

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          5.0

          Wonderful Lens for the price

          By photobill

          from Sacramento,Ca

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

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

            Mine is very sharp at all apertures. Affordable and lightweight. Love It !

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            4.0

            An excellent lens at an affordable price

            By Tuxdude

            from Mountain View, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Used the lens this weekend to do some outdoor photography, and the pictures came out really good. I purchased this lens as part of my Sony Alpha 6000 purchase since they had a combo-sale.

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              4.0

              Great travel lens

              By KWGeorge

              from Alvin, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

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

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

              I actually already owned this lens in silver but my wife seems to have taken it over. (she calls it her "go to lens", her words). This is not a fast lens so don't have expectations of great indoor low light sports pictures :-) however it is light, well built and takes GREAT pictures. Good color and very sharp for a lens of this price. I re-bought this lens as I liked it so much and wanted it for my new A6000 and my wife has a sharing issue :-) It has a very smooth zoom with built in stabilization and I got a GREAT deal from B&H when I bought it with the A6000 body!

              I have got my travel kit down to 3 lenses Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (I much prefer this one to the 16-50mm retractable) The 55-210mm f4.5-6.3 and the 50mm f/1.8 Prime. I also have the 35mm f/1.8 and the 16mm f/2.8 but they never seem to make in the bag for travel and I never miss them :-)

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              5.0

              Love this lens

              By Ben

              from Troy Michigan

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography

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

                I use the lens mostly for landscapes, both nature and urban. It allows me to get close in shots and works really well with my nex 7.

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                5.0

                Nice Lens

                By SueMac

                from Box Elder, SD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  Nice lens. I've always used Nikon pro lenses, but this lens has impressed me on the Sony A-6000 camera.

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                  5.0

                  More bang for your Buck

                  By Bigdude

                  from Louisiana

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Excellent lens. Love how i am able to zoom in from a good distance away.

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                    5.0

                    Vey nice zoom for the Nex series

                    By GabrielSan

                    from Bayamon, PR

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

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

                      I mainly use this for portraits, but I also do some landscape shots. You will have to work the shots with this lens, but you will get beautiful shots most of the time because is fairly sharp and has a very good IQ.

                      The things I like the most about this lens:
                      • Build quality. It's mostly metal.
                      • The Optical Steady Shot. This lens is not very fast but the OSS helps a lot to keep the shutter down.
                      • Weight. I've been taking pictures with this for continuous hours and barely fell the weight with my a6000.
                      • Deep of field. It's more creamy than noisy. I really like the Bokeh I occasionally get.
                      • It focus quick. I have used this indoors and outdoors and have performed perfectly all of the time.

                      This that I don't love but are not deal breakers
                      • The focus and zoom rings, they are made of rubber which makes them prompt to get dust and difficult to dust off.
                      • Since this lens is not a power zoom it might not be the best option for video. The zoom ring is not super smooth and it will not give you seamless zoom in & outs.

                      Overall I love this lens and would recommended to anyone with a Nex camera,

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                      4.0

                      Great for the Price

                      By mbonness

                      from Washington, DC

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Predictably some vignetting at distance, but very nice for the price. Works quickly with the a6000's hybrid contrast/phase AF system.

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                          5.0

                          A Sharp and Aesthetically Correct Lens

                          By Dave M. W.

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Inexpensive
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            I've had this lens for a few months and I've made countless photos through it, from macro shots of water drops in my garden (with a Nikon T5 supplementary lens) to telephoto shots in San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas and Las Angeles. First, this lens is sharp. Even with the 5T adapter on it, it's sharp from edge to edge. Second, it's a very lightweight lens. That fits in perfectly with the concept of the NEX/Alpha mirrorless cameras, which is that they are smaller and lighter in weight than DSLRs. The trade-off is slow apertures at all focal lengths, compared to other optics in this range, such as the Fuji 55-200mm lens. However, that lens weighs more than 20 ounces, while the Sony version comes in at a little over 12 ounces. Small f/stops would have been an issue a with a film camera, or with digital cameras a few years ago. It's not, though, with the high ISOs possible with newer cameras (like the NEX-7 and A6000). With 210mm to play with, it's easy to throw the background out of focus if that's what you want to do. So while an f/2.8 straight-through lens might be wonderful, it's not necessary. And again, this would violate the camera/lens line's aesthetic underpinning. (Certainly any lens is fair game for the NEX/Alpha cameras, via adapters; I use several of my old Nikon lenses on occasion, like the classic 75-150 zoom, my 20mm and my 200mm macro lens.)Finally, the cost of this lens is slight, again compared to the competition.

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                            5.0

                            Sharp and very portable

                            By Filmflam Man

                            from Pennsylvania

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Relatively Sharp
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Flora And Fauna
                              • Traveling

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

                              Since summer in Pennsylvania has not begun, I have yet to give my 55-210 lens a really good workout. Still, the use I have made of it suggests it will continue to be effective at what I purchased it to do -- take pictures outdoors of flora and fauna I cannot easily reach.

                              Especially for the price, the pictures I have taken are sharp and well defined.

                              On the other hand, the view one gets in the mirrorless NEX-7 is not so bright as one might wish. I knew it would not be, given the aperture rating of the camera, and I am willing to accept that limitation.

                              Overall the lens is an acceptable, at times even elegant solution for those of us who like the NEX-7 for its small size and light weight.

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                              5.0

                              Great lens to have

                              By sandra

                              from washington

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action

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

                                This is a great lens to have in your bag. Nice zoom clear pictures and fast. I use it all the time

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                                4.0

                                Lightweight Lens

                                By Jersey Joan

                                from New Jersey

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

                                I've only had a brief trial with this lens but I am satisfied with the images that I've taken thus far. I am extremely pleased with the support from B&H in helping me select the lens I needed to match my photography goals.

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                                4.0

                                Nice Complement to the Nex6 in all black

                                By Chas

                                from Greensboro, NC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                My first impressions were long time over due for an all black 55-210mm lens I thought the silver and black lens looked out of place on the nex6
                                now for the technical side from 55-175mm tack sharp from 175-210mm a tad soft the colors and sharpness fall off a little If you are looking to take pictures of birds this is not the lens for you. You need at least 450mm reach for that or
                                300mm on a APS-C sensor I am a semi-pro photographer this in my opinion is a very nice lens for long portraits, street photography and landscapes. I have only had this lens for two weeks. I would have given this five stars if the
                                telephoto reach were there but I will review this lens again when I've had it for thirty days.

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                                4.0

                                Nice Complement to the Nex6 in all black

                                By Chas

                                from Greensboro, NC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • All Black
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                My first thoughts were this was long over due to have a all black 55-210mm lens rather than having
                                a two tone black and silver it really looks good mounted on the Nex6. I have not done a whole lot of picture taking with it yet but I have tested it some it is good for fairly long telephoto but not good for long range birding if you are looking to take pictures of birds you need at least 450mm or a 300mm lens on a APS-C sensor camera taking pictures with this lens 55-175mm are tack sharp 175-210mm start getting a tad soft.
                                but over all I still say it is a very good lens for a amateur photographer not for a pro I would give it a five star if the reach was real sharp all the way through 210mm who knows I might give it five stars later on as I get to know it better
                                like I first said these are my first impressions of it. I have only had it now for two weeks. I will right another review later after I have had it for thirty day's. Thanks for letting me review this lens C. Greensboro, NC

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                                5.0

                                Perfect for my Nex 7

                                By JN

                                from Phoenix

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                  Very sharp pictures and I really like the optical steady shot option. I have a shot of mountains with fog setting at the top with this lens and I am amazed how good it looks. I also like the reasonable price this lens came with.

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