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Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens

Model Number: SEL55210B
Web Code: 10288046

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Overview

The Sony 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens offers optical performance in a compact, lightweight size. Whether you're capturing wildlife or action on the field, the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and fast autofocus ensure you get sharp, detailed images. The 7-blade circular aperture lets you create beautiful perfectly round bokeh.
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Overview

The Sony 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens offers optical performance in a compact, lightweight size. Whether you're capturing wildlife or action on the field, the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and fast autofocus ensure you get sharp, detailed images. The 7-blade circular aperture lets you create beautiful perfectly round bokeh.

Close for comfort

  • With this 55-210mm telephoto zoom (82.5-315mm on an APS-C sensor) you're never too far from the action. Whether photographing your daughter's championship game from the bleachers or capturing a shot of a mischievous capuchin monkey in the canopy overhead, you've got the focal range to get close to your subject.

Keep your focus

  • Photographing children or monkeys can be tricky. They're not necessarily ones to stay put. So when you need to move your camera to follow your daughter's breakaway or quickly track a jumping monkey, Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization works to prevent image blur.
  • Whether it's your daughter streaking down the wing to put a precision pass into the box or a monkey leaping from branch to branch in the treetops, quick autofocusing is crucial when you're trying to capture action. The lens' internal focusing system achieves fast, quiet autofocusing with a short minimum focusing distance so you get sharp, detailed photos.
  • Unleash your artistic side with the 7-blade circular aperture. When defocusing the background to create a bokeh effect, the circular aperture creates round blurred defocused points of light instead of the usual and less appealing polygonal shape. Plus the maximum f/4.5-6.3 aperture offers smooth and natural defocusing.

Quality optics

  • The aspherical lens design reduces spherical aberrations delivering high sharpness and contrast resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality. The design also reduces the overall number of elements needed so you get a more compact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens.
  • ED (extra-low dispersion) glass reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, providing superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. So you get stunning images with exceptional colour quality and higher resolution.
  • This E-mount lens is ideal for basic portrait work, capturing sports, or wildlife photography. It's compatible with E-mount mirroless cameras.

Optics

Lens Type
Telephoto Zoom
Lens Mount
Sony E
Zoom Focal Length
55 mm - 210 mm
Apparent Focal Length with APS-C/DX Sensor
82.5 mm - 315 mm
Apparent Focal Length with Other Sensor
82.5 mm - 315 mm with APS-C
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5 - f/6.3
Minimum Aperture
f/22 - f/32
Closest Focusing Distance
1 m
Macro
No

Mechanics

Focusing Motor
Stepping Motor
Manual Focusing
Yes
Construction (Elements/Groups)
9/13
Diaphragm Blades
7 (Blade Circular)
Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot (OSS)

Physical Features

Colour
Black
Body Construction
Metal
Mount Construction
Metal
Filter Attachment Type
Screw
Filter Size
49 mm
Maximum Diameter
63.8 mm
Maximum Length
108 mm
Weight
345 g

Camera Compatibility

Compatible Brand
Sony
Sony
NEX3; NEX5; NEX6; NEX7; E5000; E6000
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Rating Breakdown

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36

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10

Reviewer Recommendation

96%

Of the 847 reviewers who responded, 812 would recommend this product.

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    Reviewed by e2jedi - September 29, 2011

    I am by no means an expert on photography but the f indicates how much light is let in. The lower the value, the more focused the subject is and the blurrier the background is. So, a 1.0 is great for flowers or still objects but tougher for people. As for comparing the 18-200, I am going for this since I don't want that large of a lens. I feel like the 18-200 is for people who don't want to change lenses and don't mind using such a large lens ALL the time. For me, it was a non-starter. Sony also only says this supports the new cameras. I'm assuming this is a misprint since it should support any NEX mount camera. Anyone know anything different?

    Review originally posted on sony.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Good lens... lacks sharpness at high end
    Reviewed by AyanD - January 30, 2013

    This is a very good, compact lightweight lens for my Nex 5N. Also cozy feel and good looking. Great for outdoor/portrait. Nice stabilization too. At the dark side - this lens is not sharp wide open at the tele end. If you zoom more that 150mm or so then you have to step down the aperture and the image quality is so so. This is 210mm in APS-C so you can expect it to work as good as a 350mm full frame. But in reality it doesn't. If you plan to take nice bird or animal picture it is not the lens for you (probably nex series is not for you) but if you plan to take picture for normal outdoor or some long range portrait - its perfect.

    Review originally posted on sony.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Sharp enough, but slow auto-focus
    Verified BuyerReviewed by TonyD - May 21, 2016

    My first use of this new lens was taking some indoor photos at a college graduation ceremony. While I appreciate the compact sized lens on a compact sized camera, getting focus on distant objects/people isn't so easy compared to a full size camera with a standard grip. My previous camera, a Nikon D800 with a Tamron 70-200 lens could lock focus at least 4x faster - but it's a totally unfair comparison. In time, I'll improve my technique, but I wish I had tried Sony's 18-200 lens. If it is noticeably faster to auto-focus, I think it would be worth the extra cost. If it's not any better, than the 55-210 is definitely the way to go. The shots that turned out, turned out great!

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.


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