The New Sony SAL55300 DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens: Silence is a Virtue

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Sony has announced a new telephoto zoom lens optimized to work with its A-mount APS-C-sized DSLR and SLT digital cameras. The SAL55300 telephoto zoom lens is a perfect second lens for any Alpha shooter who is ready to explore the fun, the creativity and yes, the challenges of telephoto shooting. What’s wonderful about this lens is the Sony SAM technology, which stands for Smooth Autofocus Motor, and offers an autofocus action that is fast, smooth in its transitions and virtually silent. The fluid and quiet focusing is especially important when using this lens to record HD video with your DSLR.

With a 5.5x magnification range that runs from 82.5-450mm in the 35mm format, this is a lens that can bring distant subjects close, but will also zoom out to be an ideal portrait lens. Its minimum focus distance is 4.5’ (1.4 m). Landscapes, wildlife, sports, the intricacies of kids at play, all are ideal subjects for the telephoto focal lengths of this lens. The compact, sturdy barrel with a wide, easy-to-grasp zoom ring enables the fluid movement that will run you through the zoom spectrum as you find the focal length that is perfect for the shot you are creating. Once there, the smooth autofocus and the ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) optical element will capture a color-crisp, sharp photo. 

The advanced optical design of the SAL55300, with the same elements found in premium Sony G lenses, provides excellent contrast and sharpness throughout the frame. This lens is the perfect complement to the Sony DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens that comes included with many of the Sony Alpha DSLRs. With both of these lenses in your kit, you’ve pretty much covered all basic wide-to-telephoto requirements and with its attractive price, Sony’s versatile SAL55300 DT 55-300mm lens has made total coverage very affordable. The lens is scheduled to be in stores in September.

Maximum Aperture f/4.5-f/5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22-f/29
APS-C Focal Length 55 - 300mm
35mm Equivalent 82.5 - 450mm
Lens Mount Sony Alpha A-mount
Mount Type Bayonet
Lens Groups/Elements 12 Elements, 9 Groups
Extra-Low Dispersion Elements 1
Minimun Focus Distance 4.5' (1.4 m)
Aperture Blades 7
Distance Encoder Yes
Magnification 0.27x
Filter Diameter 62mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.2 x 4.6" (77 x 116.5mm)
Weight 19 oz (460 g)
Included Accessories Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens cap, and ALC-SH112 Circular Lens Hood

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Does anyone know if the front element does not rotate to use with circular polarizer?

I look forward to buying myself this lens soon!