Rated 4 out of 5 by 6
Rated 4 out of 5
by roymondus Big fan
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.
October 18, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by cekay1 Money better spent elsewhere
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.
July 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
by Mark1328 Good Lens But Not GREAT
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.
May 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Arminkh I love this lens
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
May 6, 2013