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

B&H # SO55200452 MFR # SAL55200/2
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  • 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
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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
Environmental
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
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    Sony55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (28)

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      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (30)
    • Lightweight (28)
    • Easily interchangeable (23)
    • Consistent output (20)
    • Durable (10)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (7)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (29)
    • Sports/action (23)
    • Wildlife photos (18)
    • Weddings (11)
    • Low light (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (30), Yes (8)

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    5.0

    Excellent lens and great value!

    By DaveC

    from Kansas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I got this to go with my a330. It's very responsive to focus and takes great pictures. It wasn't expensive at all, but performs like it was twice the price.We take photos at a nearby lake, and this lens is great for both close up and distance. And it doesn't feel cheap at all.

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      4.0

      nice all around lens

      By GDad

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Semi-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:

          This lens will allow you to shoot photos from a normal range to subjects at a distance.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Its simple, cheap, and good to learn

          By Felipe Morais

          from Rio de Janeio, RJ

          About Me Photography Student

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

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

            Like i said, very good to learn, because its cheap and simple.But i had some limitations on low ligh( like night fotos even in darkest shadows...)

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Fits my needs perfectly

            By jpeeps

            from CArson California

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I use the lens on my Mirrorless cameras and it works great with no problems.One of the greatest things about the lens is its small size which makes my hand held shots eaiser to take.I can't find any fault with the lens given how I use it.

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              • No

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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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                • No

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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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                  Pros

                    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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                          • No

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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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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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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                                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    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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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      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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