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

(based on 121 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (59)
  • Easy to use (57)
  • Durable (27)
  • Reliable (27)
  • Easily interchangeable (24)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (37)
  • Everyday (26)
  • Landscape photography (26)
  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Shooting outdoors (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (23), Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-professional (11), Tech savvy (9), Casual photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99), 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

Pleasantly surprised

By Bman

from Colorado

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

I thought I might be disappointed with the picture quality from this lens, but I have gotten some great photos with this one. I'm using it with my a6000. Fun for getting birds and other wildlife.

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5.0

Does the job

By Marinagar

from Santiago de Compostela, SP

Verified Buyer

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

        It is light, and it does what it sais it does. What else can I say? Nice .

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good Lense For Price

        By JT

        from Sugarcreek, Ohio

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

        This lense works well for the price. It does a really nice job of pulling in an object and produces a clear image. I would recommend it

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        5.0

        Tremendous value, Surprisingly good

        By Chuck in NM

        from Albuquerque, NM

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        Pros

        • Good price point
        • Great Travel Zoom
        • Images Have Some Pop
        • image stabilization works
        • Nice color contrast

        Cons

        • It Could Be F28 Ha
        • None really

        Best Uses

        • General Purpose Zoom

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

        This is the perfect lens to carry with your A6000 if you want something a little zoomy that doesn't weigh five pounds or break the bank. This lens does quite well, all things considered. Yes, it's a little slow so you need light or a tripod. It doesn't have the solid feel of Canon L glass or a Tokina AT-X Pro zoom. It's not a constant f/2.8. But consider the price point. It produces sharp images, the OIS really, really does wonders and the color and contrast are nice. Raw images processed in Lightroom with the specific lens profile applied turn out very nice. Whereas I cannot recommend buying the 16-50 power zoom as it's a real dog, I can definitely recommend this lens. It's truly a no-brainer. For the price, it's an overachiever.

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        5.0

        My favoured E-mount lens thus far.

        By The Knoxville Film Kid

        from Knoxville, TN, USA

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        Pros

        • Image Quality
        • Image Stabilization

        Cons

        • Weight

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Portraits
        • Sport
        • Wildlife

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

        I got into the Sony Nex system recently when I acquired an A3000 camera body and two lenses, the 18-55mm kit lens and this excellent 55-210mm tele zoom lens. Between them, this one has better optics, better resolving power, better bokeh, and to my mind, better handling also. The longer barrel (about the size of a 12oz soda can) makes it easy to keep the camera nice and stable while shooting, especially with the OSS built in.

        It's a little bit on the heavy side, but nothing compared to high-end tele primes or to older film lenses (like my Canon FD gear), and because it's a native Sony lens, every last function works and brilliantly at that. Autofocus is pretty quick on the cheap A3000 body, and with OSS it handles well when handheld or shot on a tripod.

        Like all telephoto lenses, the compression of perspective at long focal lengths leads to shallow depth of field even with fairly small apertures. The E 55-210 gives great bokeh when wide open regardless of the focal length, even at 210mm at f/6.3. That's an equivalent focal length of 315mm if you shoot full-frame or film, and I promise you this is lighter than any 315mm lens you'd see a film shooter carrying.

        Distortion appears to be minimal and what distortion there is can easily be corrected in post; Adobe Lightroom 5.6 has a profile for this lens and it's excellent at all focal lengths.

        The only drawback is the smallish 49mm filter ring. Thankfully, step-up filters are available and work well.

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        4.0

        Great Lens for the money

        By Karen

        from Mississippi

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

        I plan on using this lens in Costa Rica. It's light and will compliment the Sony 10-18 mm I already own.

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        4.0

        Does the job for me!

        By The Hurricraine

        from Cleveland, OH

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Inexpensive
        • Light Weight Skinny
        • Looks great

        Cons

        • Not good in low light
        • Not The Greatest Glass

        Best Uses

        • Backup camera
        • Live event coverage
        • Wedding Videography

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

        This ain't gonna be your Canon L-Series or anything like that, but I got it for $ when I purchased a Sony A3000 with it. I use it for Wedding Videography on my backup camera. Needed something with a zoom. Works great, especially outdoors where I have enough light. Can get a little dark on inside shoots where I have to bump the GAIN up to high. Basically this is my coverage lens. Then I use my Rokinon Cine Lens Primes to get all the "Beauty" shots.

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        4.0

        Great for the Price

        By txwhitacre

        from Fort Worth, Texas

        Verified Buyer

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

        I fish out of kayak. I take this lens along. It images are sharp! For the cost this is a no-brainer. I know the G series would be better, but right now I'm fund limited.

        I am using this with the A6000

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        5.0

        sweet

        By sweet skies

        from Texas

        Verified Buyer

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

        nice lens , the only thing that sucks its that the silver version of this, gets 4% rewards, and this one does not

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        5.0

        Great

        By Havnfn

        from Oklahoma

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

        Meets all expectations

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        5.0

        GREAT addition to my Sony 6000

        By Dr. John

        from Sacramento

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Very good auto-focus
        • Very Light Telephoto

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel Telephoto Lens

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

          This lens delivers beautifully clear, in-focus photos and is great for travel due to its very light weight. It goes in the bag on every trip now...

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          5.0

          Much sharper than many might assume!

          By O.B.

          from South Lyon, MI

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

                A very sharp lens for the price. It is certainly "better" than what many might assume it is, based on its price and almost "kit lens" status!The OSS works well too, and I am getting decent bokeh out of it. It does not have the micro-contrast of my Zeiss lenses, but none of them have anywhere near the reach/focal length anyway, and are for very different purposes.The lens cannot be beaten for the function and price, on a NEX camera.

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                2.0

                Not Super Impressed

                By mgb3558

                from Kansas City, MO

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Range
                • Weight

                Cons

                • Sharpness

                Best Uses

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

                  The optical quality of this lens is disappointing. It is light, well made, and I like the range. But I'm getting very soft images across the range. Not sure if it is defective and I need to return it or this is really what I should be expecting. If it is, I am very unimpressed.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens for Nex 7

                  By Charlie

                  from Miami, FL

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  Lens takes great pictures, is light weight, and seems durable. Great addition to my Nex 7. The zoom on it is incredible and goes pretty far. Images are crisp and detailed.

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                  5.0

                  very good lens~

                  By yemin2014

                  from Min Ye, NC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quarlity
                  • Light Weight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

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

                    I use it as a accessory to my A6000 with a 16-50mm lens and it works so good for a zoom shot from long distance!

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Lens

                    By gann

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I used this lens to take family close ups.
                      Excellent photos.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good zoom

                      By Mommy Paparazzo

                      from Berkeley, CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      It's a good standard zoom lens, and I like the way it's constructed. That being said, I haven't had all that much opportunity to use it so far.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful Lens for the price

                      By photobill

                      from Sacramento,Ca

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

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

                        Mine is very sharp at all apertures. Affordable and lightweight. Love It !

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                        4.0

                        An excellent lens at an affordable price

                        By Tuxdude

                        from Mountain View, CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          Used the lens this weekend to do some outdoor photography, and the pictures came out really good. I purchased this lens as part of my Sony Alpha 6000 purchase since they had a combo-sale.

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                          4.0

                          Great travel lens

                          By KWGeorge

                          from Alvin, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I actually already owned this lens in silver but my wife seems to have taken it over. (she calls it her "go to lens", her words). This is not a fast lens so don't have expectations of great indoor low light sports pictures :-) however it is light, well built and takes GREAT pictures. Good color and very sharp for a lens of this price. I re-bought this lens as I liked it so much and wanted it for my new A6000 and my wife has a sharing issue :-) It has a very smooth zoom with built in stabilization and I got a GREAT deal from B&H when I bought it with the A6000 body!

                          I have got my travel kit down to 3 lenses Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (I much prefer this one to the 16-50mm retractable) The 55-210mm f4.5-6.3 and the 50mm f/1.8 Prime. I also have the 35mm f/1.8 and the 16mm f/2.8 but they never seem to make in the bag for travel and I never miss them :-)

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