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

(based on 45 reviews)

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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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              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

                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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                        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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                        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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