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Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens

You Pay: $198.00
Product Highlights
  • 35mm Equivalent: 82.5-300mm
  • Aperture Range: f/4.0-45
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades

The 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens from Sony is a DT-series Sony Alpha lens that has been optimized for cropped image sensors, and as a result it is not recommended for use with larger full-frame cameras. It's 55-200mm focal length is the 35mm equivalent of a long 82.5-300mm telephoto lens. It is constructed of 13 elements in 9 groups, as well as Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass, which all help to deliver sharp, clear photos throughout the zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 3.2' and a front-end filter diameter of 55mm.

The lens has effectively an 82.5-300mm focal length when used with the APS-C sized cameras it is designed for, and its aperture varies depending on the focal length you choose. It will slowly increase from f/4.0 to f/5.6, or f/32 to 45, as you increase the amount of zoom. The 7x circular aperture blades produce smooth, out of focus background effects, and the front focus Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) moves the focusing lens elements directly, helping to assure quick, yet smooth, AF response.

82.5-300mm (35mm Equivalent) 3.5x Zoom Lens
Having been built for cropped image sensors, you can easily capture close-ups with this far-reaching zoom lens. Shoot with a wide range of focal lengths ranging from the 35mm equivalent of 82.5mm all the way up to 300mm, without having to swap lenses.
Aperture Range: f/4.0-45
In addition to the zoom range, the lens' aperture range also increases along with the focal length, from f/4.0 to 5.6 at the wide end, and f/32 to 45 at the narrow end.
Optimized For APS-C Size / DT-Format Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Designed specifically for APS-C sized sensors, used in many Sony Alpha DSLR cameras, this lens can be more compact than it otherwise would be if built for a full-frame camera. It is recommended only for use with DT-format Alpha & Minolta cropped SLR cameras.
Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
The built-in Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) eliminates the need to use a mechanical coupling system in the camera body. Instead of transferring autofocus (AF) drive power and control signals to the lens, the AF control signals are sent from the camera body to the lens-mounted SAM unit. This drives the focusing lens group directly, providing smoother and more precise autofocus.
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
To reduce chromatic aberrations, most noticeable when zoomed all the way in to the 300mm equivalent focal length, the extra-low dispersion glass corrects for certain wavelengths of light - producing sharper images with truer colors.
7x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization
Because Sony's Alpha DSLR cameras have SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization built-in, the lenses attached to them don't require the added bulk. This leaves the lens lighter and more compact without the need for the added mechanics.
Performance
Focal Length 55 - 200mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 82.5 - 300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32 - 45
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 28° - 7°
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 3.12' (.95 m)
Magnification 0.29x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 13/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.81 x 3.35" (7.14 x 8.51 cm)
Weight 10.76 oz (305 g)
Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • ALC-SH102 Lens Hood for 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Lens
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 41 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (29)
    • Lightweight (26)
    • Easily interchangeable (22)
    • Consistent output (18)
    • Durable (10)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (26)
    • Sports/action (22)
    • Wildlife photos (16)
    • Weddings (11)
    • Low light (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (4)
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    5.0

    great value

    By Rok M

    from Slovenia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      I bought this lens to complement my sony 16-50 mm. Although this lens has a much lower price, I'm really satisfied with the results it produces. I also find the build quality satisfying.

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      5.0

      Good quality lens for mid range shots

      By Photoman

      from Beaumont, tx

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      This is a good "kit" lens for medium range. Seems a little slow to focus, but the focus is good. I bought it with a Sony SLT77. I like the ability to go from portrait distance to 30 or 40 feet away and have my subject well framed. You don't get a prime lens for the price this sells for (mine was $[*]0 with the purchase of the camera.) but it is good zoom for many occasions.

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      5.0

      Great Budget Lens

      By Tim Montoya

      from Fort Lauderdale, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I got this with my Sony Alpha A-65 with a discount. After using it for a few days, I have to say I am impressed, it takes very clear pictures and has some decent f stops.

        Even for being cheaper the lens is surprisingly solid. It feels nice in your hands and it does not feel cheap.

        I will test it out somemore this weekend and update with some photos from a shoot I am doing.

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        5.0

        Great first lens

        By Maui Jackie

        from Cromberg,Ca

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              I gave my son my Sony a55 camera when I upgraded to the a77 which I absolutely love. I kept all of my high end lenses and purchased this lens for him. It is a great lens, perfect for up close and distance. One thing about Sony lenses I have learned over the years that even their less expensive lenses still take great photos! My son is using this lens for family photos and trips that they take.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              excellent wau

              By GLAR

              from Colombia S. A.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                This lens is very good for such a low price, the color is naturally strong and well balanced, it usio with my sony a580, and focus necessary, the blur in the background is beautiful, has a nice bokeh, is lightweight and very easy to manage, especially for portrait, skin color is necessary. Glass is excellent, it works fine in f 5 onwards, I use a 125 speed to freeze the image. sources placed the photo taken f4, 5 and s 125. guillermolibreros@hotmail.com.

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                5.0

                Simple and does what it is suppose to.

                By John

                from Tampa Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                Just needed a larger lens to take photos of the kids during their cheer leader performances when we are sitting too far away.

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                5.0

                Excellent all around lens!

                By Squidney

                from Newbury Park, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Video

                Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                I use this on my Sony A57 for mainly photographing my pets and some outdoor wildlife shots or portrait photography. I love that it goes down to 4.0, but only up till about 75mm. I plan on eventually upgrading to either the Sigma 50-500mm or 120-400mm for more serious wildlife photography, but in the mean time this quiet lens lets me get close to birds, lizards, and coyotes.
                Pros
                ~Sharp
                ~Fast and quiet AF
                ~Light
                ~Tracking Focus works really well
                ~Compact
                ~Decent Bokeh
                Cons
                ~Wish it was a fixed 3.0 or even 4.0
                ~Bokeh can looks a little weird in certain situations, almost looks like it has lines
                ~Hunts in even moderate low light (in the shade on a sunny day)

                Overall, very cheap but decent lens. Would recommend!

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                4.0

                Great Optics, Ok plastics

                By Stan

                from Fremont, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Low distortion
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Sharp optics

                Cons

                • Plastic Lens Mount
                • Rotating Front Element
                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Portrait photography

                Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                I absolutely love this lens, the optics are difinitely worth more than $xxx, but construction is a bit of a letdown overall. Of course as for under $500 range, it's an awesome lens with an OK set of materials. I really like the way it performs. It is sharp throughout the entire zoom range and doesn't distort. At least not enough for it to be visible. The focusing system is also very fast and is much quieter than on 18-55mm kit lens that I used to have.Drawbacks are the way the hood mounts on the lens. I'm used to lenses with internal focusing, so this one feels a bit weird with external focusing and rotating front element. The hood mounts around the front element, meaning that you have to hold a focus ring when mounting and dismounting it, so that you accidentally do not damage the focusing system when twisting the hood hard in place.I also don't like the plastic mount, but considering that it is a light lens, i don't think it will be an issue in the long term.

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                4.0

                Filter rotates with focusing

                By George

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Filter Rotates With Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                It's a good lens except for one annoying characteristic - the filter rotates when the lens is focused. This is not the case with my other two Sony DT lenses: SAL1680Z (Zeiss 16-80 - I LOVE this lens) and SAL35F18 (non-zoom 35 mm). I use flip-out lens-caps on all my lenses I highly recommend those), and it's a bit strange on this lens to have the flipped out lens-cap rotate as you focus. If you're using a polarizing filter with this lens, you have to re-adjust the polarizer angle after you focus - a pain in the neck. Otherwise it's a great lens.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excelente y economico

                By Angel Pérez

                from Barquisimeto-Venezuela

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                Excellent product, easy to use, economical. In their packaging is well kept in detail with their manuals and warranty.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great lens

                By TeLee

                from Campbellsville KY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                    Great for the money

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    I did a perfect move bying this lens...

                    By Guy Labrie

                    from St-Jean-sur-Richelieum, Qc, Canada

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      I take beautyfull pictures of birds in my backyard and it is easyer to get a good focus on the birds.
                      I have nothing else to say except that I enjoy my product.

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                      5.0

                      Love!

                      By BB

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                          LOVE!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          such a handy lens !!!

                          By Dikran

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                            photography is a dedicated subject .

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Nice mate for the A77

                            By Uncle Earl

                            from Saratoga, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Inexpensive
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Sharp

                            Cons

                            • Rotating Filter Mount
                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                            I haven't seen the review I posted a couple of weeks ago, so here is a recap and update. Since the image stabilization is built into the Sony DSLR's, this classic inexpensive optic pairs very nicely with the A77. The central sharpness (even wide open) is high enough to capitalize on the 24MP resolution of the APS-C sensor such that you can take a cropped 10MP 500mm equivalent shot with this 10oz glass handheld. Since the A77's EVF provides for 13X focus magnification, you can manually focus to be sure you get the right spot focused - a real problem for me with long tele shots. I don't like plastic lens mounts, but at this weight, it's not too much of a hazard. Just don't try to pick up the camera by grabbing the lens.

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                            5.0

                            Superzoom?

                            By Uncle Earl

                            from Saratoga

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Centrally Sharp Wide Open
                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • Slight Curvature of Field

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                            Ever wish you had a nice 10 oz 500mm f/5.6 in your bag? Well, coupling this baby with the new Sony A77 you can crop out the center of the frame (which is nearly tack sharp wide open) and voila! True, the image softens a bit outside the central sweet spot, but only near the frame edges where the chromatic abberactions reign on high. Of course, the A77 corrects CA on the jpegs and most RAW converters will have a lens correction plugin soon to relieve the effort of manual correction. It may not be "Pro Glass", but it sure performs well, independent of price.

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                            5.0

                            Pretty darn good for a "beercan"!

                            By Gamecock Fan

                            from Jacksonville, Alabama

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                My wife is hard to please. I bought her a Sony Alpha 65 to replace her aging Minolta SLR which she used with a 70mm fixed. This 55-200 is smaller and lighter then the 70mm fixed, and she loves it! The autofocus is fast and crisp and quiet. The included glare shroud is a nice plus although it isn't "pretty".

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Great so far

                                By SJS

                                from NJ

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                  Bought this for my teen son, who is fairly new to photography, and he has really taken to it. He showed me the pictures that he's taken so far and it's been huge.

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                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  Lens

                                  By kaculik111

                                  from slovakia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                  Cons

                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                  really excellent lens for small photographers like me.Order was delivered very quickly.I recommend your company to all customers.

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                                  • Yes

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice for the Price

                                  By Geren W. Mortensen, Jr.

                                  from Westminster, MD

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action

                                    Comments about Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                    The version II 55-200mm is nice, lightweight, inexpensive general-purpose telephoto zoom. As stated in Sony's literature, it makes a nice starter companion to the 18-55mm kit lens.

                                    While the images produced are sharp and contrasty with good color, the lens does not "feel" as good as the 18-55 -- the zoom is not as silky smooth. This would make it somewhat more difficult to use effectively for video work. But, for general photography, it's a nice lens.

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