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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/Minolta Alpha|
|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||2.4 x 2.2 x 2.4 in||2.48 x 1.77 x 2.48 in||2.44 x 2.44 x 2.44 in||2.81 x 2.81 x 3.35 in|
|Item Weight||0.76 lb||1.01 lbs||1 lb||5.47 ounces||7.13 ounces||0.67 lb|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||210 millimeters||200 millimeters||60 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||18 millimeters||60 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||55 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 millimeters||62 millimeters||60 millimeters||49 millimeters||49 millimeters||62 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.
2011 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographic and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. Sony and Optical SteadyShot are trademarks of Sony. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
Top customer reviews
The downside is at max zoon, it can be difficult for the autofocus to work well, but that only impacted some of my photos depending on what the subject was and it's surroundings.
The lens doesn't add as much weight as I had expected. The full zoom extends the barrel about two more inches.
It fits my NEX-3NL/B perfectly, quick on and off. It's fun again, since I haven't used a 35mm camera since the early 90's. I've been too used to simple point and click digital cameras. I have several, and one of them is very good, with a phenomenal zoom, but there are just some circumstances it doesn't perform as well as something a little more advanced.
I had received the NEX-3NL/B from the Vine program, and was very glad I did, since it was a great first step back away from point and clicks. But I didn't want to spend a grand on a telephoto lens, since I've been out of the hobby for so long, other than just taking some photos of my son as he grew. The fact that this lens worked natively without an adapter, and the autofocus and steady shot worked with it made it a quick and easy decision.
It's nice not relying on the motors again for zoom, I can rotate it as quick as I need to get to the zoom factor I'm looking for.
I took it on a test spin in the park with my 9 year old. The day started bright and sunny and upper 80's, and a storm front was moving through so we went to upper 50's and windy and incredibly dark clouds within about 30 minutes. I was able to shoot near objects, far objects, and got some awesome pictures of the storm clouds and the incredibly white, high cumulonimbus clouds. With just a couple instances of focus difficulty with the autofocus at max zoom, it performed far, far better than I had expected. Having read some of the reviews here from people far more knowledgeable than I, I was ready for some disappointment. But I haven't done advanced photography for almost 30 years, so I'm probably far less critical than they are. For me, a slightly more advanced than "normal" user, I was very happy with this through the entire range. It did well in lower light as well.
The fact that it lets you use it without feeling like you've got an anchor sticking out the front of your camera means less lens swapping than I had expected as well. I comfortably spent the time at the park using this at the lowest setting just fine, and never felt the need to swap to my shorter lens.
For the price, it's outstanding for people like me. If you're a pro, you won't be looking at this lens anyway, but for the rest of us, it works great. And since you can't touch it with anything else near this price point, it makes it an easy buy.
This lens is not pro quality but neither is the price. It's hard to get a creamy bokeh when the largest aperature is 6.3 while fully zoomed. Would be nice if Sony would add some mid range E-mount lenses to their line up.
That said, you really can't go wrong at this price. If you stick with well lit outdoor locations you won't be disappointed with this lens. It is definitely worth the price.
I highly recommend getting this lens WITH the body when you get a combo discount. At that price it is a killer deal.