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

(based on 200 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

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

 

Good aditional lens for the a6300

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...Read complete review

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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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Under-rated

By John

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

In my opinion, this is one of the best value Sony lenses you can buy for any of Sony's systems, let alone just e-mount. Some of the sharpest shots I've taken I took with this thing. It performs WAY better than the dxo ratings, in my opinion. I've spend more money on a lot of other lenses that performed the same if not marginally inferior. The biggest thing I've learned about lenses over the years is that you really can't really on ratings. You have to try them. So you might as well start with a budget lens first. This sucker is one of the best. Fantastic bokeh at all focal lengths. Sharp as a tack when settings are correct. Performs well on automatic too. Probably the best package lens I've ever tried (comes with the combo). Color rendering is superb also. Highly recommended.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A better choice for a first lens than the kit lens offered

By STEVEN

from Undisclosed

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

I bought my A6300 and decided instead of the 16-50 kit lens, I would go with the Sony 55-210 4.5-6.3.

It is a great choice for those first starting out on the Sony E-mount system.  The Optical Steadying system on this lens does work fairly well. Not as good as in camera systems but the A6300 does not have that technology so the OSS inside this lens is a good thing.

This lens can be sharp depending on your focal length choice and the F stop. I found that it is a fairly good sweet spot when F stop is adjusted to 5 and the focal length is less than 135. Any focal length above 135 gives a grainy appearance when pixel peeping. Still, a very good lens overall. A better choice instead of the kit lenses that Sony offers. 

This lens will give you the reach you will need to get some close up shots but not real far away. It is a lens that is sort of a compromise. It will work close up fine. It will work further fine. It will not work far away. There are better lenses for telephoto but they will be costly.

I've done some Macro with this lens and it is not a great Macro lens but it will work. I have done some portraits and while not a great portrait lens, it will work. It does require you to move away to get those kinds of shots. 

Realizing what this lens is and its capabilities, I found this lens to be a lens that I use quite a bit. It is a compromise and it does things well. It is a lens I grab when I know I will have to carry the camera around for a while and do not want to carry a bunch of other lenses. 

 It is a jack of all trades and master of none and I am not sure that there is a lens that can claim to master it all.

(2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not really a sharp lens

By Ken

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I have had this lens now for about 8 months and rarely use it. I find the lens is not very sharp. Focus is pretty fast and the size makes it very easy to carry. But, at 300mm, when I look at the photos at 100% magnification on the computer, the photos have a look as if in oil. If you look at the photos at 50% magnification they look really good. At 100% magnification things are soft. 100mm to 200mm are ok. 300mm is soft.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (8 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (3 of 19 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (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.

            (8 of 26 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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  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!!

                  (1 of 3 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.

                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (3 of 33 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!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (4 of 4 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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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