The all black, all plastic Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS Lens might look intimating on the compact A6000, but weighing at a mere 12.2oz (345g); it balance quite well on the camera.
The twin lens set cost NZ$1,675.00, in a way, this long zoom is a bargain.
Considering the camera with the 15-50 lens, alone; cost $1,348.00, you are actually getting this very long, telephoto zoom (82-315mm eqv) for only $327.00!
I was please that the mounting bayonet is metal instead of plastic :)
As far as I know, this lens is not sold separately in New Zealand.
According to Sony, this 13 element zoom consists of 2 aspherical and 2 ED elements; the lens provides image stabilization, super quiet focusing, and a useful zoom range of 82-315mm eqv.
DXO Mark gave this lens a peak sharpness of 7-Mpix and 12 points overall which is about average for a lens with this range.
Numbers to me are just a guide, I prefer some real world shooting, comparing the Sony to what I have; which is an LUMIX G VARIO PZ 45-175/F4.0-5.6.
|The Sony lens specs in Japanese ;)|
|The Sony on Sony and the Lumix mounted on Olympus|
You would conclude that, since the Lumix is much more expensive, it will perform better than the Sony?
Not according to DXO-Mark!
Did I say I DON'T trust numbers? ;)
After dropping Le General at her line dancing class in Newtown, I went back to the sport field to photograph some children playing football in the cool morning sun. It was a lovely day.
These were shot done with the Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS and cropped, all the images were a bit soft; focussing on the A6000 was relatively quick (not fast) and the lens tend to "hunt" often.
These were from the LUMIX G VARIO PZ 45-175/F4.0-5.6, immediately you notice they are much sharper than the Sony! The focussing on the OM-D was really fast and spot on. What did I say about this lens costing TWICE as much? ;)
Again, these were from Sony, a bit on the soft side.
The Lumix holds its sharpness much better than the Sony!
Overall, I find the Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS a rather "soft" performer. You cannot really get a pin sharp result at all apertures, however I find a judicious amount of "unsharp mask" in Photoshop can do wonder for the softness.
For NZ$327.00, it is great value for the long range.