55-210 - a hidden gem

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by Amamba, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    I am absolutely smitten by the so much maligned 55-210.

    I think in good light it's a better portrait lens than pretty much any other I have with exception of perhaps 50/1.8.

    The sharpness straight out of camera is amazing. Definitely not what I've expected based on the reviews.

    Not sure if it's actually the lens sharpness or a really well functioning AF / OSS but it's right on the spot and I'd say it appears sharper than 18-105 in good light. Or may be better stabilized or better microcontrast... I need to run them side by side on the same subject.

    Now, many of the bad things they say about it are true - it's too slow for dim light and AF hunts a lot when there's not enough light. However in good light it just shines. Btw I updated mine to v.02 firmware and I think it made some difference.

    One somewhat negative surprise was the quality of bokeh, more specifically the out of focus highlights. A bit busy and not what I'd expect from a tele lens based on my experience with Beercan, Canon 55-250 or Tamron 70-300. But it's not a big deal.

    Overall, I am extremely pleased and surprised.

    The photos below received only some basic post - WB adjustment and Portrait sharpen in LR.

    View attachment 63633 DSC04372-1 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    View attachment 63635 DSC04407-1 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr
     
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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Certain lenses are obviously for particular shots, some like the 55-210mm are simply made to be an everyday lens.
     
  3. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    Well, it seems to be far better than say 18-55. Which is not a bad lens but lacks a certain "pop".
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Great portraits. Lens seems excellent too. I like the bokeh here - not too busy at all for my tastes.
     
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  5. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Great results. Looks sharp indeed!
     
  6. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 4, 2013
    I do like this lens too, it's really good on the A6000. I think every A6000 owner needs this, and the 35mm F1.8.

    And if you look at the cost of that setup, compared to the FE equivalent, it's a huge difference.
     
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