Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Lens

Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Lens

Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Lens

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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 82.5-450mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-5.6 to f/22-29
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.6'
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 overview

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An ideal complement to the standard kit zoom, this DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Lens from Sony will expand your photographic tool set into the super telephoto realm, especially with the 82.5-450mm equivalent range presented by an APS-C format camera. It uses a variable f/4.5-5.6 aperture to keep size and weight to a minimum and also incorporates an extra-low dispersion element for combating various aberrations. For fast, quiet focusing the 55-300mm uses a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) and it can focus as close as 4.6'. On top of all this, the lens has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh throughout the zoom range.

Covering a variety of telephoto focal lengths, this 55-300mm zoom is designed for APS-C format A-mount cameras, where it will provide a far-reaching 82.5-450mm equivalent focal length.
A variable f/4.5-5.6 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 4.6'.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 002724284551

Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 specs

Performance
Focal Length 55 - 300mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 82.5 - 450 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 29
Camera Mount Type Sony A
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 29° - 5° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance 4.59' / 1.4 m
Magnification 0.27x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.7
Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.03 x 4.59" / 77 x 116.5 mm
Weight 1.01 lb / 460 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.2 x 4.6"

Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 reviews

DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sony Telephoto Lens, Up To 200mm This Sony Telephoto Lens is ideal for the beginner to novice photographer It takes nice photo's and is priced right for the photographer who is interested in a budget lens. However, when zooming out to 200mm or better, the lens tends to distort and photo's turn out grainy when zooming beyond 200mm. I own a Sony Alpha A77 Mark II and the camera does a pretty good job with auto focusing on at distances beyond 200mm. However, when turning on Focus Peaking (Manual Focus), the camera does a great job focusing really close-up. Without Focus Peaking, the camera focuses and takes much longer to lock in. All in all, this is a good lens, but not for the advanced or semi-pro photographer.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great addition to the Sony line up! I had the cheaper 55-200mm Sony zoom and wanted the extra 100mm reach. So far this lens has been a great upgrade. It does preform best in sunny bright conditions. For me it is very sharp at all focal lengths. Color is good. I never had a G lens but this lens will be good enough for me for everyday use. Also glad it has a metal mount vs the plastic on my 55-200. Weight is very good too. Actually weighs less than my 16-50mm 2.8! Focus does hunt some at higher focal lengths but tolerable. Manual focus is easy if needed and works well as a non macro close up lens.
Date published: 2012-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Update The attached photo was taken in part sun at a wildlife park in the UK. I think it speaks for itself. 230mm, f7.1 at iso 200 handheld on an A77. RAW file was processed in Photoshop Elements 10 (no CA correction). The EVF on the A77 allowed me to get focus dead on without resorting to live view.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp and versatile Excellent value for money, can hunt for focus at times but pictures are sharp and over 85% are keepers. Took this on safari in South Africa and was extremely happy with the results. Cannot warrant paying 5 times or more for faster glass when I use it mostly outdoors.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good bang for the buck While this lens may not be the best for speed demons looking to photograph sporting events, it is extremely useful for nature shots. The 55-300 range provides a good coverage for photos ranging from short tele to long tele. Optically, the lens performs extremely well for the price, surpassing my expectations. The build quality is also extremely good: from afar, it would be hard to distinguish between this and Sony's premium 70-300G lens. A bit slow when autofocusing, but what can you expect for just $ dollars? Well worth the buy.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for. I received the product and tested in on my A77 (original version). I wanted it to replace my old Minolta 100-300 AF lens (not an APO, let alone an APO D) The old lens (free with a $25.00 purchase of a Maxxum 7000i at a rumage sale) was much sharper than the new Sony 55-300. At the price, it is probably a good lens, but it is not the super sharp lens that some sites (not B and H) made it out to be. I am returning it.
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value for the money I realize that one could spend a lot more for a telephoto lens, but as an amateur trying my hand at nature photography this was enough. It is quiet, and I have been satisfied with the images. I looked at Tamron and Sigma, but felt more comfortable putting a Sony lens on my Sony A-65. I spent a lot of time on the phone with sales staff before making this purchase.
Date published: 2015-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens for the money Gives a great range and still crisp pics while zoomed in. The lens is a reasonable weight, not heavy and feels balanced. I previously owned the 55-200 and this is a nice upgrade as it gets me closer in for the wildlife and architectural photos I enjoy taking.
Date published: 2013-03-18
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Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 accessories

Designed for use with:

  • Sony Alpha A58
  • Sony Alpha A65
  • Sony Alpha A68
  • Sony Alpha A77
  • Sony Alpha A77 II
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77
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