55-210 zoom: not looking so great.

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Bart Hickman
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55-210 zoom: not looking so great.
Dec 11, 2012

I was out shooting with my 55-210 zoom today (on NEX6) and it's not a very sharp lens.  I think my Pentax 50-200 is sharper and that's not considered a very sharp lens.  I'm wondering if others could scrutinize a couple of test shots I took today and let me know if this is a bad copy.  I noticed in particular it seems like the bottom is softer than the top.  It's easiest to see the problem in the first image.  Seems soft for all focal distances, not just infinity.

It's a lot sharper at F/8 and it's also a lot sharper below 150mm, but a lens like this should work decently at the long end IMO.

http://bhimages.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v70/p1324405718.jpg

http://bhimages.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v67/p1324406162.jpg

http://bhimages.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v68/p1324405734.jpg

Thanks,
Bart

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