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

(based on 159 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (88)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (81)
  • Easy to use (76)
  • Durable (36)
  • Reliable (36)
  • Easily interchangeable (28)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (10)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (52)
  • Landscape photography (39)
  • Everyday (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (29)
  • Portraits (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (36), Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-professional (14), Tech savvy (9), Casual user (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (127), 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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4.0

Excellent Image Quality

By Tony

from Phoenix, AZ

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Manual Zoom Only

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

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

Nice construction and outstanding image quality throughout its range. OSS works well too. But I often use this lens for field video, so I had to deduct a point for the absence of a motorized zoom. I would have paid a hundred bucks more for that.

Overall, I consider this lens under-priced for its level of performance, especially considering I spent twice as much on a similar Nikon zoom for my DSLR that doesn't photos any better than this one.

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5.0

Great Value

By iampeteT

from San Jose, CA

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    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        No complaints about the lens. The value is great.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Little Lens

        By TonyK

        from Santa Monica

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          this is a great little lens: very sharp, excellent contrast and small considering the zoom range. Easily fits in your pocket. OSS is very effective and one can easily hand hold at 1/8 second on the short end and 1/20 on the long.

          Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because of the plastic lens flange. I'm sure Sony will say that the plastic is stronger and more accurate than the metal but I still like metal. Call me old fashioned.

          If you are looking for an indoor, low light lens this isn't it. If you are looking for a good all around tele zoom then you can't go wrong.

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          4.0

          Surprised!

          By Reata Cowhand

          from Phoenix, AZ

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          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Many reviews mention this lens is soft at 210mm. I found this is not the case at all. In fact, my test shots are very sharp at all focal lengths. The Steady Shot feature on this lens works remarkably well.

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            4.0

            light, effective lens for sony A7s camera

            By jim

            from wisconsin

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              The lens is well constructed, light and reliable.
              Images are sharp and AF fair.
              Works well with the Sony A7S camera, and the price is fair.

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              5.0

              A must for your rig

              By David Parker

              from Grant, MI

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is a great add on for the A6000. It's simply the best is all I have to say.

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                5.0

                Incredible Lens

                By PeterCSCO

                from Texas Hill Country & the Rockies

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Awesome image quality and flexibility, decent weight. It does add some length to your camera so it's a little tougher to take hiking but definitely worth it. Indoor portrait quality is outstanding.

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                  5.0

                  Day time lens

                  By Darrin

                  from Montana

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

                  This lens is always over looked part of it is the price. (It's cheap ) I found this lens to be super sharp in direct sun light. That is why this is my sunny day lens .

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                  5.0

                  Cheap only in price ...

                  By Jamie

                  from Bogota, colombia

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use

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

                    Perfect lens and easy to use ... totally exceeded my expectations ... low price and a smart choice if you do no want to spend too much... if you need something that does the job this is the perfect complement for your nex camera ... Became a NEX fan

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                    4.0

                    Better than I thought it would be

                    By ic2foto

                    from Western PA

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                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Traveling

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

                      I got this lens for $ over the holidays with the purchase of an a6000. I generally own/use very good glass, but I don't use long lenses that often and was hoping the 55-210mm would hold me over until I can afford to add a higher end tele-zoom. To my pleasant surprise my copy is quite a good lens and I won't be in any hurry to replace it. I've only tested it at f/8 on a tripod (because that is how I will use it). Very nice results at all the marked focal lengths w/ 210mm being a little softer at the edges but still quite acceptable. Contrast and color balance on the a6000 are not like a Zeiss lens, but very usable even for critical work. At $ I would give the lens a 10+ for value if I could. I've tested lenses costing many multiples of that which were not nearly as good. Build quality is not like that of a pro lens, but is better than I thought it would be. It is slow (f4.5-6.3) so not a serious lens for sports, but that keeps the size and weight down which is fine for me as I'm primarily a landscape photographer. AF is quick on the a6000 and zooming throughout the range is smooth and easy with about the right amount of resistance. If this is a lens that suits your work and you can purchase one during a promotion for $ or less I would absolutely recommend this lens. At the $ MSRP I would have to give it some additional thought, but like I wrote above – I've tested lenses costing $-$ that have not performed as well.

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                      4.0

                      Great lens for the money

                      By charlie

                      from mendocino county, ca

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Portraits

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

                        When I buy a lens, I'm looking for a combination of qualities – good image quality, good value for the money, optical image stabilization, and easy to carry. This lens has all 4. It may not get the best scores on professional lens rating websites, but in real world settings, its image quality is just fine. It's also not expensive, it's optically stabilized, and it's light in weight. Just what I was looking for. I would recommend it, and I'd buy it again if I needed to.

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                        5.0

                        Good Lens, Great Price

                        By Karl the Editor

                        from Fort Washington, MD

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

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

                          Took it out for a spin as soon as I got it a few weeks ago. It exceeded my expectations...a lot more durable than I thought and stable. Perfectly integrates with my Sony Nex-7.

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                          4.0

                          Get A Little Closer with this Lens!

                          By Uncontained Life Traveler

                          from Long Beach, CA

                          About Me Semi-Professional

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Traveling

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

                            This lens works well for my purposes and for the price. It is sharp and has a great feel. I'm enjoying this lens.

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                            4.0

                            Good glass for the price

                            By Jem

                            from NJ

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Traveling

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

                              It is a very good standard zoom lens for the $. I got it along with a6000, so there was a discount too. Only problem I faced is the slow focus in max zoom.

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                              5.0

                              Good Value

                              By Echo

                              from US

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

                                    This represents very good value for entry zoom lens, especially if you manage to get a deal on it. No problems with quality, it's light and complements well 16-50 lens in my case.

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                                    4.0

                                    Nice Entry Telephoto

                                    By New to Mirrorless

                                    from Westchester, NY

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits
                                      • Traveling

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

                                      This is what it is, an entry level zoom lens that I felt I needed when I bought the a6000. It came as part of the bundle and so far seems to be a nice lens. I've shot some portraits of my wife with it and I think it's crisp and easy to use.

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                                      3.0

                                      good lense

                                      By russellv

                                      from indio ca

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Not Durable

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Home

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

                                      takes decent pictures not very well built plastic casing

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                                      5.0

                                      Excellent value!

                                      By Dave

                                      from New Jersey

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                                      Pros

                                      • Complements 16-50 Kit Zoo
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Portraits
                                        • Traveling

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

                                        Great lens for outdoor captures and indoor portraits as well. Fairly light weight and easy to carry around on long shooting days.

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent!

                                        By Francisco F

                                        from Miami, FL

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                            I am new to photography and purchased this 55-210 lens with my Sony A6000. The lens is relatively compact for the zoom and fits great in my small Ruggard 15 bag together with the camera and a 16-50 lens.

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                                            5.0

                                            great product

                                            By ramy

                                            from chino hills california

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                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Landscape Photography
                                              • Traveling

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

                                              travel and family

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