Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS lens review: Balanced performer

By Kevin Carter - Monday March 17 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Image quality ranking: Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS mounted on Sony NEX-7 | Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS versus competition | Conclusion
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS lens review:  Balanced performer

Recently announced in a black finish, the original chrome-bodied version was the first telephoto zoom for the firm’s NEX mirrorless models and was intended to complement the 18-55mm kit lens.  Read on to find out how well it performs.

Introduced in 2011, Sony’s E 55-210mm f4.5-6.3 OSS falls into the firm’s entry-level line-up, and was the first telephoto zoom launched for the NEX, now Alpha, APS-C mirrorless models. As the equivalent to an 85-320mm, this sensitively priced model is an obvious counterpart to the firm’s 18-55mm starter lens. Despite being aimed at beginners, it features two extra low dispersion glass elements and one aspherical lens in its construction. The latter is used in the focusing group to improve AF accuracy from the camera’s contrast detection AF system.

Sony’s OSS four-stop stabilization system is included to reduce camera shake - a useful addition in a long lens with only a moderate maximum aperture. This model can also boast internal focusing and a linear driven ‘stepper’ type AF motor for smooth, near silent focus operation. With a 49mm filter thread, the lens measures 2.51 x 4.25" (63.8 x 108 mm) and weighs in at 12.17 oz (345 g). It’s available for around $350.

Image quality ranking: Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS mounted on Sony NEX-7

Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS versus competition

Conclusion