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SonyE 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Silver)
 
4.4

(based on 197 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (106)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (104)
  • Easy to use (76)
  • Easily interchangeable (49)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (42)
  • Durable (40)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (14)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (53)
  • Landscape/scenery (46)
  • Landscape photography (39)
  • Everyday (37)
  • Wildlife photos (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (36), Photo enthusiast (31), Casual photographer (14), Semi-professional (14), Semi-pro photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (157), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great addition for my lovely Sony NEX

This telephoto lens is an amazing addition to an even more wonderfull NEX camera. The reason that I choose this camera and lens is that I see it comfortable to take it (unlike a...Read complete review

This telephoto lens is an amazing addition to an even more wonderfull NEX camera. The reason that I choose this camera and lens is that I see it comfortable to take it (unlike a big and probably better SLR) to any outdoor activity event. I got wonderful pictures with this kit during rock climbing, skiing and travelling. Apparently I became a NEX-fan

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent long telephoto.

Sony doesn't offer, as of yet, a hi-end long e-mount telephoto for their nex system. Because I like the compactness and autofocus capabilities of native lenses I bought this.

It...Read complete review

Sony doesn't offer, as of yet, a hi-end long e-mount telephoto for their nex system. Because I like the compactness and autofocus capabilities of native lenses I bought this.

It did not give me the color pop or contrast of other lenses like Sony's 10-18 ultra wide zoom, Zeiss 24 prime or Sony 50,1.8.

Autofocus is slow. Don't expect to use this for sports or wildlife unless the subject is stationary.

However, the images are reasonable. I'll continue to use this lens. Sharpness is pretty decent.

I have also not experienced any lens creep. This has been a problem for others but not me. Maybe when it gets older it will occur. Easily fixed with a wide rubber band around the lens barrel.

For the price they are charging it's a good value. Just don't have unreasonable expectations.

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5.0

excellent and fast highly recomended

By rolograph

from Guatemala city Guatemala

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

great price quality ratio

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5.0

Great purchase!

By Sergio Sampa

from Sao Paulo, Brazil

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

    You won´t regret it! I´m very pleased with my purchase.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Good aditional lens for the a6300

    By JohnQ

    from Chandler, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

      I got this lens when I ordered my Sony A6300. I am glad I did.

      I took it out to a local park with lakes and birds in the morning to see how it would perform. It did quite well.

      I was impressed by the quick focusing of the combination of the camera and lens. I was able to easily focus in on my subjects (birds in this case) even through trees. The only issues I had were user error. The lens is not heavy and bulky and great for a casual shooter like my self.

      One think I like about this lens is the separate zoom and focus rings. Using DMF focus mode on the A6300 I could easily adjust focus if needed (because of nearby birds). It also holds its zoom position between power cycles of the camera which you will want to do when camera is not in use.

      I have attached some pictures (right out of camera) from this excursion.

      I have also taken this lens out at night in my neighborhood to see how the camera and lens performed in low light (as I do some camping and could see using this lens in lower light situations). It performed quite well except for the occasional hunting when focusing (in low light). I was testing at the extremes with high ISOs >6400 so I expected it to be hard to focus and things performed better than I expected.

      Over all I am quite happy with the lens and combine it with the discount I got when I purchased my camera I am really happy with it.

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      5.0

      Excellent on Sony Full Frame

      By Lee

      from 27549

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

        I use that on my A7ii for an effective focal length reach of 80-315mm. It is light, compact and sharp. Focus quickly and is great in outdoor light. Probably not so good for indoor sports.

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        4.0

        Decent lens for the money

        By tclNJ

        from Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey

        Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

        This is not a killer lens, nor should one expect it to be for the price. That being said, it is a good value for the money (especially if you can get it at a bundle discount with a camera kit or body). Avoiding the fastest f stop and/or the extreme end of the zoom range and you can produce some wonderful pictures. Those two extremes will produce more obvious drops in the quality of the results. Makes a good complement to the SEL50F18 50mm f1.8 lens to create a good starter bundle.

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        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super Professional Telescope

        By Sir

        from New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

          This is a top rated telescope that allows to closely zoom in without losing any details. A must for every photographer be it a pro or an amateur.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Lens to bundle with A6000

          By Josh

          from Haleiwa, HI

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

            I bought this lens as a bundle with the Sony A6000. Great discount for a great all around camera.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Decent small zoom

            By Texas Oak

            from College Station, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

            Got this in a bundle with the a6300 and nailed a pretty good discount. For the money, the lens can't really be beat. I wish the aperture were a bit lower for more light gathering but the OSS keeps the shakes from ruining your shot with the slower shutter speeds.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lens

            By bdayton

            from Dayton, OH

            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

            Purchased at discounted price with Sony a6300. Used in recent family trip and liked the zoom I was able to achieve over a6300's included lens.

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            (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Inadequate

            By Joe

            from NM

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus

            Best Uses

              Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Silver):

              I would have used this lens for portraits, wildlife, landscape and art photography.

              What I liked about the lens was that it's very compact and light weight, smooth and looks beautiful with the 6000 body and my Wacom tablet. Nice still life image of them all together.

              I found the lens quite slow (f4.5~6.3), really not sharp enough at any aperture, on a tripod, photographing a grid as a test. Nearly inadequate on the technical side.

              I could not use this lens to capture Auto-Stitched-Panoramas on the a6000. It requires a shorter lens from all I experienced. I like panos captured with longer lenses for less distortion and cleaner stitching.

              I've retained the lens for now but hardly ever use it.

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              5.0

              Should be first lens

              By tornhub

              from West Lafayette, IN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                  This should be the first lens a beginner buys to pair with their mirrorless camera.

                  Great beginner zoom lens

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By Skywalker

                  from Philadelphia

                  Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                  It is Everything I expected in this lens!!

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Solidly built

                  By Mayday

                  from New york

                  Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                  Haven't used this lens much yet but seems like a quality build, and overall the profile isn't too big to overpower the advantages of a Mirrorless camera.

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                  4.0

                  Nice lens

                  By Lizzysue

                  from Charlotte, N.C.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                    Takes clear photos. I wish that Sony had more options for a zoom lens.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Decent lens

                    By Barbara

                    from Eugene, OR

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                      i'm still getting to know my equipment, but this lens seems decent, at least for fairly up close shots, though not great for things far away. with time and gaining more knowledge of the a6000 settings, it may perform even better.

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                      (2 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Steadyshot don't work with A7 series!!!!!!!

                      By Miko

                      from NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                          Steadyshot simply don't work! Incredible disinformation!

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Light weight, good build, surprisingly good photos.

                          By digitalobscura

                          from Lafayette, Colorado

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                            Shooting any lens wide open should be a last resort, unless your into portraits, so I haven't tried it. I have been very pleased with my results at f8 and f11. This is the longest lens I could find for my format at a reasonable price. My lens tests consists of wandering around taking pictures with it. I like my results and feel I could do 24" x 36"(poster size) prints with this lens, which I have done with other lenses and my Sony A 6000 body. End result. I find it a good addition.

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                            4.0

                            Very nice

                            By Aron

                            from Puerto Rico

                            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                            Not as sharp as my sony 50mm and 35mm primes but great when I need a zoom.

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                            (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Bought it because it's cheap...

                            By YYXX

                            from New York, NY

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Silver):

                            I know there is a much better lens, but i dont have that budget. I purchased this item with my a6000 kit in B&H store. This one only cost me <$[$]

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                            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black) by Sony

                            By Bobby G.

                            from Princeton, NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Black):

                              A really great lens at a really great price! This lens is nice and sharp and has good contrast, except that it softens slightly at its maximum zoom is to be expected. It is a very good lens for the price and it takes great shots consistently and is highly recommended! Focus is quick and sure, and it has a nice bokeh. It is also a sturdily built lens that will last and stay together. On the A6000 which is great shooting at high ISO's it may be used in lower light situations.

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