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Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens

You Pay: $298.99
Product Highlights
  • 35mm Equivalent: 82.5-450mm
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-29
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm

The 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens from Sony is a 5.5x zoom lens, with the 35mm equivalent of a 82.5-450mm focal length. Optimized to work with their A-mount APS-C sized DSLR and SLT digital cameras, the 55-300mm lens is an easy addition to your camera bag, quickly replacing several of your current lenses that you would no longer have to swap between--no longer risking dust, damage or missed opportunities.

One of the greatest features of the lens is Sony's Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM). This provides you with both fast, smooth, and quiet autofocusing that won't disrupt the audio in your HD video recordings, nor the temperamental wildlife you're zooming in on.

An Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) lens element provides exceptional image quality all the way out to its maximum 300mm focal length--meaning your zoomed images benefit from enhanced clarity and sharpness throughout the frame. The advanced optical design of the lens, with the same elements found in the more expensive premium Sony G lenses, reduces color aberrations and provides excellent contrast to enhance your images before they even reach the camera sensor.

82.5-450mm (35mm Equivalent) 5.5x Optical Zoom
This lens has a 5.5x zoom factor, with focal lengths ranging from 55-300mm, or the 35mm equivalent of an 82.5-450mm lens when attached to the cropped APS-C cameras it was designed for.
Aperture Range: f/4.5-29
In addition to the zoom range, the aperture varies along with the focal length as well, from f/4.5 to f/5.6 at wider angles, and f/22 to 29 when zooming in.
For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
Optimized for Sony Alpha APS-C sensor cameras, the lens covers an outstanding 5.5x zoom range from a normal 55mm end to a 300mm telephoto zoom, which is the 35mm equivalent of an 82.5-450mm lens.
Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
Its fast and quiet Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) allows you to capture fleeting moments no matter the distance, so as not miss a smile merely because the motor wasn't fast enough or wildlife because it wasn't quiet enough
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
The lens is built with an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass element inside, usually found within the premium Sony G lenses, which improves image quality by reducing color aberrations, as well as providing improved contrast and greater sharpness throughout the frame
Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
Designed for fast, smooth and silent automatic focusing, Sony's Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. The AF control signals from the camera body are sent to the lens-mounted SAM unit, which drives the lens directly, helping to assure quick and accurate AF response.
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.
Performance
Focal Length 55 - 300mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 82.5 - 450 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 29
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 4.5' (1.37 m)
Magnification 0.27x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 12/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 4.6" (7.87 x 11.68 cm)
Weight 1.2 lb (.54 kg)
Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
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  • Rear Lens Cap
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    Sony55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 21 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (11)
    • Easily interchangeable (11)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Consistent output (10)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Wildlife photos (15)
    • Sports/action (9)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Macro photography (6)
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    5.0

    Versatile lens.

    By Colleen

    from WV

    Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

    Love this lens! No need to keep changing with this one. May never take it off.

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    5.0

    Sony Lens - Great Addition

    By jsam1951

    from Locust Grove, Ga.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      Great addition to my recent Sony a65 purchase.

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      • No

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      5.0

      now i want more

      By lee

      from florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        enjoying the ease and clarity of this great lens. now I want a more powerful lens - another job???

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        • No

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        5.0

        GREAT!

        By JD

        from BOULDER, CO

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        THIS LENS IS A GREAT DEAL WITH GREAT PREFORMANCE!

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        • No

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        5.0

        A+++ Great item at a great price!

        By Danatee

        from Gulfport Fl

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          Works seamlessly with our Sony Alpha 58

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          • No

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          5.0

          I would buy more again

          By shuqing zhang

          from New York

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

            Quiet, easy to use!

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            • Yes

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            An Update

            By Uncle Earl

            from Saratoga, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Sharp

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              The attached photo was taken in part sun at a wildlife park in the UK. I think it speaks for itself. 230mm, f7.1 at iso 200 handheld on an A77. RAW file was processed in Photoshop Elements 10 (no CA correction). The EVF on the A77 allowed me to get focus dead on without resorting to "live view".

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              5.0

              Great moon shots!

              By Judie

              from Battle Creek, MI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                For the price I believe this is a great lens. I appreciate how light weight it is. I know it will exceed my needs!

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Atendimento perfeito,em português

                By João faria

                from João pessoa,paraíba

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  Compra feita por telefone, atendimento em português muito prático, o pedido foi entregue em perfeitas condições e antes do prazo prometido,recomendo a todos comprarem na b&h loja honesta e com preços de mercado.

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Value for money

                  By renjith

                  from doha qatar

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  This lens produces Excellent sharp images. Focus hunting in low light is bit annoying but what can you expect more from a budget lens. Overall good experience.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great lens for the money

                  By Photo Jay

                  from Chicago,IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                    Gives a great range and still crisp pics while zoomed in. The lens is a reasonable weight, not heavy and feels balanced. I previously owned the 55-200 and this is a nice upgrade as it gets me closer in for the wildlife and architectural photos I enjoy taking.

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                    5.0

                    Nicely surprised by this lens!

                    By Jennifer C

                    from Boynton Beach, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      Very happy with this lens! Shots are clear and crisp. It is a bit heavier than the 200mm but didn't take long to get used to it. I would recommend this lens! Great value for the money!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Good bang for the buck

                      By Richard

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good coverage
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      While this lens may not be the best for speed demons looking to photograph sporting events, it is extremely useful for nature shots. The 55-300 range provides a good coverage for photos ranging from short tele to long tele. Optically, the lens performs extremely well for the price, surpassing my expectations. The build quality is also extremely good: from afar, it would be hard to distinguish between this and Sony's premium 70-300G lens. A bit slow when autofocusing, but what can you expect for just $ dollars? Well worth the buy.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good Lens

                      By Vern

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        I use this lens only when I need it to get in closer than I can with my other lenses. The few times that i have used it it has performed well. As with all telephoto zoom work you should use a tripod for rock solid stability and clairty of image focus. I use this with the A77 and the in camera image stabilty works well with this lens even in hand held situations.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Lens!

                        By BeHiking

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                          I use this for nature photography and wildlife, and it is incredibly sharp

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                          • Yes

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A very rewarding purchase...

                          By jmtheowl

                          from miami,fl

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                I bought this lens from B&H in December together with my Sony SLT-A65 digital marvel (erh...camera)... Since Sony was offering a special Holidays promotion the price I paid was ridiculously low... but the optical quality of this lens is what surprised me the most... very sharp and clear images... the colors are well defined and chromatic aberration is almost non-existant in the test shots I took recently... This is a Sony DT lens design especially optimized for their cameras with APS-size sensors... The extra-low dispersion lens element inside this lens really performs its function by enhancing the sharpness and clarity at any distance within the range of this zoom lens... I shoot RAW...and I found that in my lens the best shots I get them around f/8, give or take up to 2 thirds up or down... The SAM autofocus system does its job very well... fast and relatively on the quite side. Obviously I'm very satisfied with this lens and for it is a keeper.

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                                4.0

                                Sony DT 55-300mm Lens

                                By PCWY

                                from Sydney Australia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                This is a decent lens for the money. Sharp and consistent images. Not as quick in the auto focus as I like it to be. Quality is excellent as it has a nice weighted feel about the lens. I am happy with the results that this lens produces. Should be a recommended travel lens even at 300mm the focus is spot on.

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                                4.0

                                Great addition to the Sony line up!

                                By Ken in MN

                                from Minnesota

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light
                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                I had the cheaper 55-200mm Sony zoom and wanted the extra 100mm reach. So far this lens has been a great upgrade. It does preform best in sunny bright conditions. For me it is very sharp at all focal lengths. Color is good. I never had a G lens but this lens will be good enough for me for everyday use. Also glad it has a metal mount vs the plastic on my 55-200. Weight is very good too. Actually weighs less than my 16-50mm 2.8! Focus does hunt some at higher focal lengths but tolerable. Manual focus is easy if needed and works well as a non macro close up lens.

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                                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great Results - After Post Processing

                                By Uncle Earl

                                from San Jose

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Ca Needs Post Process

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                I bought this to upgrade from the Sony 55-200mm kit lens (which is very sharp centrally wide open). This lens is only slightly longer and still slips into my Tamrac backpack with two other lenses. With the metal mount, it's a bit heavier and frankly balances a bit better on the A77 than did the 200mm zoom. A nice balance between portability and ruggedness too.

                                Optically it's a bit softer at 300mm than the shorter lens at its maximum of 200mm but at the same focal lengths it matches in sharpness. Softness at the edges is mainly due to chromatic abberation. ACR in Photoshop CS6 takes out both the CA and the blue fringing to the point of making the edges of the frame approach the central sharpness. Contrast is excellent with minimum flare. The sample shot taken wide open at 300mm shown below is 1/4th of the full frame after post processing in ACR.

                                The A77 IS seems to work well with good sharpness down to 125th second. Due to the small pixels in the A77, shooting at higher iso's than - say - 200 starts to limit the resolution with noise. But I'm a bit picky here because I'm judging by how good a 20X30 print will look.

                                This lens rounds out a nice 3 lens kit for photosafariing to capture big print landscapes through nesting owls. Compact and under 8 pounds total including lunch.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome

                                By Mike the Dad

                                from Warren, NJ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                  Very simple to use. Zooming in very close and also able to take up close pictures is a bonus! I use it for my daughters sporting events both indoors, basketball and outdoors, cheer and Lacrosse.

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