Why is the 55-210 so big?

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valrond
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Why is the 55-210 so big?
May 20, 2013

I got a NEX 3N with the standard 16-50 lens. I already have an Alpha 550 with some lenses, but I like the portability of the NEX.

However, if I want to take a picture with more than 50mm of focal length, I just can't with this thing, because the 55-210 is HUGE. Just look at this comparison. Even with the body of the A37, the NEX with the 55-210 is almost as long as the A37 with the 55-200. The 55-210 weighs even 40g more than the DT 55-200, and it's much longer, despite being a slower lens. It's about as long as the DT 55-300. I put some other equivalent focal lenght mid telephoto to compare, but I don't get it. Can't they do the 55-210 smaller?

http://camerasize.com/compact/#34.90,326.53,319.103,289.95,381.95,ha,t

Sony SLT-A37
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