Đánh giá sel 55-210

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Every camera manufacturer offers a low budget telephoto zoom, và Sony is no exception.

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The Sony 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 is a low cost, mega-zoom lens that is often included in Sony a6000 camera bundles. When I bought my first camera, a Canon many years ago, it came with a similar lens.

Looking back, I realize now that these ultra-budget superzoom lenses definitely have some major flaws, but they also have their place. In this review, I’d like to give my thoughts on Sony’s budget telephoto zoom. Let’s dive into it.

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Optical Quirks & Flaws

As for optical quirks và flaws, the lens really only substantially struggles from flare issues. Shooting into bright sunlight will cause heavy contrast loss and ghosting, destroying the already lackluster images that this lens puts out.

Besides that though, this lens doesn’t suffer from vignette, chromatic aberrations, or any significant distortion.

Overall Optical Performance

Overall, the Sony 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 shows rather lackluster optical performance. Sharpness at the wider end of the zoom is totally fine, but as you zoom images tend to lớn fall apart.

It does, however, render some beautiful bokeh. Although not quite comparable to lớn the Sony 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 (thanks to the higher focal length), this lens still renders pretty creamy bokeh with excellent subject isolation.


Focusing và Other Notes

Autofocus

Up next, let’s talk about focusing. The autofocus on this lens is also rather lackluster. I didn’t have many issues with hunting (in good light), but it was just incredibly slow.

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Even though focus was usually accurate, you’d expect a telephoto lens lớn have quicker focus as it’ll generally be used khổng lồ photograph fast moving wildlife or people.

Still though, this is an old lens (NEX line) & it’s low-cost, so it’s hard to complain too much. Just don’t expect stellar autofocus performance.

Manual Focus

For those who lượt thích to manual focus, this lens also works similarly to many other modern lenses.

Manual focus is focus-by-wire, meaning its electronically controlled. It feels sluggish and inaccurate.

Other Notes

On a more positive note, however, the lens does offer optical image stabilization.

Telephoto lenses often suffer from camera shake (especially for photographers like me with shaky hands), so it’s really nice to see OSS built in lớn offset that.


My Final Thoughts

Alternatives

Alright, before I round out my đánh giá I generally lượt thích to give a few alternatives khổng lồ consider.

The only direct competitor would be the Sony 70-350mm F4.5-6.3. That lens is absolutely exceptional & will blow this one away in every possible regard except for one aspect: price.

And price, in my opinion, is the most appealing factor of the Sony 55-210mm…

Conclusion

Personally, I think the Sony 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 serves a very specific purpose, và that’s to allow a very low barrier lớn entry for any photographer looking khổng lồ get into a tighter focal length.

Way back in the day, when I used Canon’s version of this lens, even as a new photographer I realized it took awful pictures, but it was a super cheap way to get out into the woods & start playing around with wildlife photography. In the end, I never got super into it, but it sure was fun creeping through the trees trying khổng lồ photograph skittish deer.

When it comes down to it, if you’re looking for an ultra-budget lens lớn have some fun with, I think this lens is a great option. Sharpness is poor, build quality is iffy, và autofocus is slow, but every other competing lens is five times more expensive, so the Sony 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 is a great way lớn dabble in wildlife (or any other long focal length type stuff) on a budget.

If you’re a newbie photographer who wants to dabble in wildlife, sports, etc., this lens is a low cost opportunity to get your feet wet. I’ll include purchase links below if you want to check it out. Thanks for reading!