Sony DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM Lens

Sony DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM Lens

Sony DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM Lens

B&H # SO55200452 MFR # SAL55200/2
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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 82.5-300mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4-5.6 to f/32-45
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.1'
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 overview

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Expand your shooting capabilities and range with this Sony DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM Lens. Designed for APS-C format cameras, it provides an 82.5-300mm equivalent focal length that lets users capture distant subjects with ease. The lens also uses a variable maximum aperture of f/4-5.6 to keep size and weight to a minimum while an extra-low dispersion element helps combat aberrations. Equipped with a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM), users will enjoy speedy and quiet focusing along with a minimum focus distance of 3.1'. Additionally, ensuring that bokeh is smooth is a nine-blade circular diaphragm.

Covering a variety of telephoto focal lengths, this 55-200mm zoom is designed for APS-C format A-mount cameras, where it will provide a far-reaching 82.5-300mm equivalent focal length.
A variable f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture helps ensure that lens size and weight is kept to a minimum.
One extra-low dispersion glass element is featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
By incorporating a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) unit into the lens itself to drive the focusing element group, this lens is able to deliver smoother, quieter, and faster performance than coupled systems. Also, the design helps to achieve a minimum focus distance of 3.1'.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 002724273784
In the Box
Sony DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM Lens
  • ALC-SH102 Lens Hood
  • ALC-F55S 55mm Front Lens Cap
  • ALC-R55 Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 55 - 200mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 82.5 - 300 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/32 - 45
    Camera Mount Type Sony A
    Format Compatibility APS-C
    Angle of View 29° - 8°
    Tilt/Shift None
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.12' / 95 cm
    Magnification 0.29x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.4
    Optical Design 13 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.81 x 3.35" / 71.5 x 85 mm
    Weight 10.76 oz / 305 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 4.3 x 4.1"

    Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

    DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 48.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent all around 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!
    Date published: 2013-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It served me quite well I bought this lens alongside my first DSLR and it quickly parked the kit lens in the bag for a while. It is fast, takes good shots and it is a nice first zoom/telephoto for beginning DSLR users. It comes with a hood, which makes it look cool and blocks the sun and outside light. I ended up parking this lens as I got a lens that was slightly better and was a superset of the range it encompassed, but for $200 this is a good buy and if you can get it cheaper in a combo deal, it is even better. If I had a knock on the lens, it is made of plastic and it is a tad blurry on the 200mm end in certain situations. It could be me, though.
    Date published: 2011-05-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I had low expectations of this lens going into it - but since it was offered at a special rate with my SONY A580 - I took advantage thinking I could use it on rainy days. I have to admit that I'm entirely surprised by it's abilities given it's price point. Razor sharp images and a punch of contrast that I wasn't expecting. I shoot fashion and beauty - and I'm blown away by what I've seen this lens do. I find myself packing it on shoots all the time now - despite having it's much more expensive siblings. Definitely worth the money spent on it.
    Date published: 2011-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superzoom? 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.
    Date published: 2012-01-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice for the Price The version II 55-200mm is nice, lightweight, inexpensive general-purpose telephoto zoom. As stated in Sony's literature, it makes a nice starter companion to the 18-55mm kit lens. While the images produced are sharp and contrasty with good color, the lens does not feel as good as the 18-55 -- the zoom is not as silky smooth. This would make it somewhat more difficult to use effectively for video work. But, for general photography, it's a nice lens.
    Date published: 2011-11-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Filter rotates with focusing 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.
    Date published: 2013-03-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice mate for the A77 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.
    Date published: 2012-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Affordable zoom lens. Great Sony. I bet this is the most wonderful 55-200 zoom lens for rookies belong Canon, Nikon, and Sony. The AF motor is quick, most silent. It worth its price, and very good for a new photographer who just have interest in taking photos and have limit money.
    Date published: 2010-02-15
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