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Sony55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (30)
  • Lightweight (29)
  • Easily interchangeable (25)
  • Consistent output (21)
  • Durable (10)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (30)
  • Sports/action (23)
  • Wildlife photos (19)
  • Weddings (11)
  • Low light (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32), Yes (8)

Reviewed by 47 customers

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5.0

Great Lens

By fouadfaa

from Winston-Salem, NC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Good In Low Light

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Video

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

    This lens is great. I can have a brighter image at a greater zoom without having to raise the ISO a lot, and can capture things much further away. Good focusing abilities too.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Price is Right for quality zoom

    By Curt

    from El Cajon CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I bought this 55-200mm to compliment my 18-55mm kit lens. This covers a full range with just two lenses. This is not a premier lens but fits the bill with photographers on a budget. I recommend this lens to other budget minded individuals.

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      • No

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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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        • No

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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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                  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

                    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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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      • No

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                      (4 of 4 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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                      (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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                      (2 of 2 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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                      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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                            (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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