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Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras Silver
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- Provides a wide focal range of up to 315mm (35mm equivalent) ideal for sports or nature shooting
- Quiet Internal focusing makes smooth, responsive AF possible with minimum noise. Perfect for video capture
- Optical SteadyShotTM Image stabilization makes it easier to achieve crisp, stable images
- Optical SteadyShotTM Image stabilization makes it easier to achieve crisp, stable images and video in low-light or when zooming in on distant subjects
- Accepts 49mm Filters
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ALC-SH115|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops claimed|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 2.52 x 4.25 inches|
|Item Weight||0.76 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.00 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.5 - F6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||210 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||55 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||13|
|Number of Groups||9|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Style Name||US Version|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor||Micromotor||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Micromotor|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 4.25 x 2.52 in||2.68 x 3.82 x 2.68 in||2.48 x 1.77 x 2.48 in||2.4 x 2.2 x 2.4 in||2.44 x 2.44 x 2.44 in||60.6 x 2.4 x 1.4 in|
|Item Weight||0.76 lb||1.01 lbs||5.47 ounces||1 lb||7.13 ounces||1 lb|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||210 millimeters||200 millimeters||35 millimeters||60 millimeters||50 millimeters||30 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||18 millimeters||35 millimeters||60 millimeters||50 millimeters||30 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 millimeters||62 millimeters||49 millimeters||60 millimeters||49 millimeters||46 millimeters|
Wide zoom range (82 - 315mm 35mm equivalent) ideal for sports or natureInternal focusing for smooth, quiet operation - perfect for video capture. Get an amazingly high quality E-mount zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization perfect for taking along to your next sports game or on adventure in the great outdoors.
From the Manufacturer
E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens
This 55-210mm lens offers a superb balance of form and function: ample zoom range in a compact design that is lightweight and remarkably comfortable to hold and operate. Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system makes it possible to produce sharp images even when shooting handheld in low light.
When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.
Aspherical lens elements
Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.
Lens-based optical image stabilization
Gyro sensors built into the lens detect even the slightest movement, and the stabilization lens is precisely shifted to counteract any image blur that might occur. The use of precision, quiet linear motors and technology inherited from high-end Sony professional camcorders results in exceptionally quiet, effective image stabilization that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.
Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.
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I bought this lens as the walkabout lens for my Sony NEX-6. Most of my recreational shooting is done at wide angles with my Sony A7 when I am most critical about my shots. For the relative fewer times when I shoot at longer focal lengths I choose to carry the NEX-6 rather than swap lenses on the A7. That way each camera is optimized for the type of shooting I’m doing and I am not apt to introduce dust into the camera, especially “in nature” (not to mention the awkwardness of what to do with a lens when it’s off the camera body and potentially missing a shot while swapping lenses). The NEX-6 has a great APS-C sensor, is an excellent low-light performer and the smaller body size helps offset having a longer zoom lens attached to it. I don’t even use the kit pancake lens that came with the NEX-6, as it duplicates most of the Zeiss SEL2470Z on my A7 and obviously it is not in the same class.
So that actually puts a lot of pressure on the E 55-210mm to perform well. As a professional photographer I am used to not questioning the quality of the gear I use and unfortunately that makes it difficult for me to choose a simple point-and-shoot camera for weekend outings with family and friends. So what do I use for snapshots? My iPhone and I’m glad I do … it’s always with me, I can post pics to social media instantly and for family fun photos the image quality is plenty good.
So this review is addressed to others like me who like to shoot photos in that wonderful in-between zone of photography … not as a professional and not as a simple snapshot shooter, but purely for the recreational fun of it, whether that be nature, people, travel, adventure, etc. Cameras like the NEX-6 (and now the A6000) are wildly popular for people like us and our demands for performance are pretty high.
That brings up the question of how good is this lens. Putting aside the technical words, it is AMAZINGLY good. The matchup in size and weight for Sony’s NEX/A series of APS-C cameras is perfect, so much so that I actually enjoy holding my NEX-6 with this lens mounted to it more than I did with the 16-50mm kit lens. The barrel diameter/length is perfect for two-hand photography, the feel of the mechanical (as opposed to fly-by-wire) zoom is silky, precise and accurate, and the weight distribution is great while shooting as well as when carrying the camera. Even if I didn’t carry a camera with a wider-angle lens I could see myself using this lens for 80% of my shooting on a vacation trip with the other 20% being handled by my iPhone.
And most importantly, the image quality is almost magical. I know the NEX-6 does a lot of internal lens corrections (as many cameras do these days) but using these lens is almost an extension of my brain when I use it … what I see and what I want to capture is what I get. The attached samples are from my first batch of photos, just snapshots around the house, but especially the one if the cat illustrates how using the right equipment allows a photographer to be ready and able to capture an moment that only last a millisecond.
Everyone has different photographic needs and we all shoot differently. My purpose in posting this review is to recommend that if you have a compatible Sony camera that you give serious consideration to buying this lens. Don’t let the reasonable price throw you off, this is a remarkable value and if you don’t already have a tele-zooms lens it will open up whole new vistas and fun for you.
Rating zoom lens really depends on one's expectations - I completely understand (and accept) that zooms will very rarely (practically never) match the image quality of a reputable prime. However, the biggest benefit of a zoom lens is their flexibility and versatility to be used in various shooting situations. With that said, my rating of 3.5 stars is simply the average of these two areas. I did not want to make this review more complex than it needs to be so I weighed each area the same --- I highly encourage you to make your own determinations of importance.
From a *pure* image quality standpoint, I would score this lens as 3 stars. Sharpness at center is good but sharpness at the edges and corners is soft throughout the aperture and zoom range. In my experience, the best overall IQ across the entire photo was when aperture was set between f/5.6 and f/8. Bokeh was OK and I do wish it was better, but again, I did not expect this lens to perform like a prime. Honestly, if your photos are going to live their lives on a monitor screen then the image quality of this lens is way more than acceptable. Printing photos will be a different story but I am not sure what the largest size is before these image limitations can seen.
From a flexibility/versatility perspective, I would score this lens as 4 stars. Built-in OSS helps immensely when creating videos, shooting at the telephoto end, and/or hand-held shooting with a slow shutter speed. The lens is very light primarily due to Sony's extensive use of plastic. However, construction and build feel is solid. The a6000 camera + this lens is significantly lighter than my previous (and much loved) Nikon D90 + comparable focal length telephoto lens. I (specifically my back and shoulders) could tell a huge difference during outdoor day trips. Zoom function is done via manually turning the focus ring as this is not a "power zoom" lens. The subtraction of 1 star is because the lens tends to hunt in low-light AF situations such as low-light golden hour time frames and indoor scenes. You will have to manually focus to obtain the required sharpness --- Focus-peaking and magnification functions on the a6000 camera made this quite simple...but it is still an additional step and it is impractical during action photography.
Overall, I am quite happy with my purchase of this lens. It is definitely not perfect but I am more willing to live with its shortcomings due to its size benefits. There is nothing comparable in Sony's e-mount lineup that matches the low-price, telephoto capabilities and AF functionality in a tidy size package.
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