Sony SAL55300 55 mm - 300 mm f/4.5 - 5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Alpha

62 mm Attachment - 0.27x Magnification - 5.5x Optical Zoom - MPN: SAL55300
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Get a superb all-purpose telephoto zoom lens at a great value with the Sony SAL55300 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. An excellent all-around addition to your kit, this lens covers the medium- to long-distance telephoto range used most often by family photographers. It also provides close minimum focusing distance of about 4.5 feet (1.4m) ideal for tight shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details. Its compact, lightweight design makes it easy to carry as your standard or accessory lens. All your shots will benefit from the Sony Super SteadyShot® image stabilization system built into your Sony Alpha DSLR camera. (35mm equivalent: 82.5-450mm)
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Product Title Sony SAL55300 55 mm - 300 mm f/4.5 - 5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Alpha
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $259.00 from Abe's of Maine
Power Score 4.1 | 10 Reviews
User Reviews
Big fan
4 Star Review   By roymondus on Sony - Official Store - Oct 18, 2013   

Excellent image quality, which is the most important to me - great sharpness. I haven't experienced any frustration with the autofocus, though I can see it isn't the quickest. Overall, I'm very pleased with this lens and for the price, would heartily recommend it for the fantastic telephoto range, compact size, and IQ.

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Money better spent elsewhere
2 Star Review   By cekay1 on Sony - Official Store - Jul 20, 2013   

This lens is cheap and feels and performs like one too. When focus is achieved it is sharp and images are good. However, it is slow to focus and noisy, performance in poor light is terrible - Sony sell this as a SAM lens - it does not perform like one - I really don't know what other peoples expectations are. I bought a Minolta lens a few days before - 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 - the performance in a totally different league - fast, near silent auto-focus, amazing image quality - the lens was approx 20 years old and was not a "G" lens. If you can get this Sony lens cheaply, then it is worth consideration, otherwise save your money for a better option. I do wish Sony would improve this lens - and look at at their whole lens line-up and take note what their competitors are doing. I do not wish to be negative, but this is my experience with this lens - and I have used a lot of equipment.

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Good Lens But Not GREAT
4 Star Review   By Mark1328 on Sony - Official Store - May 8, 2013   

First I am hardly an expert right now but more a "prosumer" this lens for the price is a great deal. The pictures are sharp and clear and the 55-300mm gives great options with 1 lens. My only complaint is the "hunting" when using AF in anything past 200mm. So if I know shooting far away I immediately switch to MF since most likely lens will "hunt" for something to focus on and second you get what you want it hunts to something again. Even for the picture for this review I was in full auto and tried AF but had trouble staying on the bird house with nothing around it so ended up in manual. But for the price I am not going to complain about this lens.

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Good Lens But Not GREAT
4 Star Review   By Mark1328 on Adorama - May 8, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

First I am hardly an expert right now but more a "prosumer" this lens for the price is a great deal. The pictures are sharp and clear and the 55-300mm gives great options with 1 lens. My only complaint is the "hunting" when using AF in anything past 200mm. So if I know shooting far away I immediately switch to MF since most likely lens will "hunt" for something to focus on and second you get what you want it hunts to something again. Even for the picture for this review I was in full auto and tried AF but had trouble staying on the bird house with nothing around it so ended up in manual. But for the price I am not going to complain about this lens.

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I love this lens
5 Star Review   By Arminkh on Sony - Official Store - May 6, 2013   

This is a great lens for outdoors. I'm not a professional but the image quality is clearly superior to my 18-55 lens that came with my A35. This lens is very fast and a great tool for capturing wild life. I took this photo with my A35 using this lens

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Nice Lens
4 Star Review   By ERN on Adorama - Jan 29, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Nice lens. Just a touch soft at 300mm but otherwise great.

43% of readers found this review helpful.

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Nice Image Quality
4 Star Review   By Photo on Adorama - Jan 17, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

AS far as image quality goes this is a very good lens. I can get sharp images all the to 300mm handheld if the shutter speed can be kept high enough, otherwise a tripod is needed. Sharpness drops off a little above 250mm but not much. It is lightweight so

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SAL 55-300
4 Star Review   By markopolo on Sony - Official Store - Jan 14, 2013   

Super lens.

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Well worth it.
5 Star Review   By abedi on Sony - Official Store - Oct 12, 2012   

Superb image quality. Very fast outdoors. Rich color tones.

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Well worth it.
5 Star Review   By abedi on Adorama - Oct 12, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Superb image quality. Very fast outdoors. Rich color tones.

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Product Details
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Get a superb all-purpose telephoto zoom lens at a great value with the Sony SAL55300 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. An excellent all-around addition to your kit, this lens covers the medium- to long-distance telephoto range used most often by family photographers. It also provides close minimum focusing distance of about 4.5 feet (1.4m) ideal for tight shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details. Its compact, lightweight design makes it easy to carry as your standard or accessory lens. All your shots will benefit from the Sony Super SteadyShot® image stabilization system built into your Sony Alpha DSLR camera. (35mm equivalent: 82.5-450mm)
Summary
Product Title Sony SAL55300 55 mm - 300 mm f/4.5 - 5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Alpha
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $259.00 from Abe's of Maine
Power Score 4.1 | 10 Reviews
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Parent Product Type: Digital Camera
Today's Average: $274.74
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User Reviews
Big fan
4 Star Review   By roymondus on Sony - Official Store - Oct 18, 2013   

Excellent image quality, which is the most important to me - great sharpness. I haven't experienced any frustration with the autofocus, though I can see it isn't the quickest. Overall, I'm very pleased with this lens and for the price, would heartily recommend it for the fantastic telephoto range, compact size, and IQ.

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Money better spent elsewhere
2 Star Review   By cekay1 on Sony - Official Store - Jul 20, 2013   

This lens is cheap and feels and performs like one too. When focus is achieved it is sharp and images are good. However, it is slow to focus and noisy, performance in poor light is terrible - Sony sell this as a SAM lens - it does not perform like one - I really don't know what other peoples expectations are. I bought a Minolta lens a few days before - 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 - the performance in a totally different league - fast, near silent auto-focus, amazing image quality - the lens was approx 20 years old and was not a "G" lens. If you can get this Sony lens cheaply, then it is worth consideration, otherwise save your money for a better option. I do wish Sony would improve this lens - and look at at their whole lens line-up and take note what their competitors are doing. I do not wish to be negative, but this is my experience with this lens - and I have used a lot of equipment.

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Good Lens But Not GREAT
4 Star Review   By Mark1328 on Sony - Official Store - May 8, 2013   

First I am hardly an expert right now but more a "prosumer" this lens for the price is a great deal. The pictures are sharp and clear and the 55-300mm gives great options with 1 lens. My only complaint is the "hunting" when using AF in anything past 200mm. So if I know shooting far away I immediately switch to MF since most likely lens will "hunt" for something to focus on and second you get what you want it hunts to something again. Even for the picture for this review I was in full auto and tried AF but had trouble staying on the bird house with nothing around it so ended up in manual. But for the price I am not going to complain about this lens.

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Good Lens But Not GREAT
4 Star Review   By Mark1328 on Adorama - May 8, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

First I am hardly an expert right now but more a "prosumer" this lens for the price is a great deal. The pictures are sharp and clear and the 55-300mm gives great options with 1 lens. My only complaint is the "hunting" when using AF in anything past 200mm. So if I know shooting far away I immediately switch to MF since most likely lens will "hunt" for something to focus on and second you get what you want it hunts to something again. Even for the picture for this review I was in full auto and tried AF but had trouble staying on the bird house with nothing around it so ended up in manual. But for the price I am not going to complain about this lens.

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I love this lens
5 Star Review   By Arminkh on Sony - Official Store - May 6, 2013   

This is a great lens for outdoors. I'm not a professional but the image quality is clearly superior to my 18-55 lens that came with my A35. This lens is very fast and a great tool for capturing wild life. I took this photo with my A35 using this lens

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Nice Lens
4 Star Review   By ERN on Adorama - Jan 29, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Nice lens. Just a touch soft at 300mm but otherwise great.

43% of readers found this review helpful.

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Nice Image Quality
4 Star Review   By Photo on Adorama - Jan 17, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

AS far as image quality goes this is a very good lens. I can get sharp images all the to 300mm handheld if the shutter speed can be kept high enough, otherwise a tripod is needed. Sharpness drops off a little above 250mm but not much. It is lightweight so

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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SAL 55-300
4 Star Review   By markopolo on Sony - Official Store - Jan 14, 2013   

Super lens.

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Well worth it.
5 Star Review   By abedi on Sony - Official Store - Oct 12, 2012   

Superb image quality. Very fast outdoors. Rich color tones.

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Well worth it.
5 Star Review   By abedi on Adorama - Oct 12, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Superb image quality. Very fast outdoors. Rich color tones.

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