Sony 55-300 Comparison

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Atgard
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Re: The verdict...
In reply to crupp, Jul 13, 2013

crupp wrote:

Thanks for all the hard work with this. I need a longer zoom for kids soccer, tennis, etc. I have an 18-135 which is great. Can get a 55-300 for $135.00, looks like a no brainier.

At that price it definitely is! Where'd you find that deal (if I may ask)?

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Re: Sony 55-300 Comparison
In reply to jcurtistx, Jul 17, 2013

Thanks very much for the review - I found it very useful too! I had the same dilemma with regards to purchasing the same 3 lenses - and decided to go with the Sony! The fact that Sony HK sent a promotion to my e-mail yesterday morning to buy the 55-300 for about $190 helped things greatly too!

At the end of the day, image quality then followed by focus speed is important to me. Up till now I've had to use a Nikon 100-300 AIS F/5.6 - and sorely missed autofocus at the long end. Now I have the perfect match for my free LA-EA2 adapter (thank you again Sony!) for my NEX - and perhaps the lightest lens in this class. Perhaps Sony are finally trying to shed off their expensive reputation or treating their loyal customers better?

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In reply to jcurtistx, Jul 17, 2013

So far I've been enjoying the Sony 55-300. The IQ seems to be quite good, and it is relatively light & compact for this focal length. I also appreciate the little extra on the wide end (compared to most 70-300 or 75-300 or 100-300 options) -- sometimes it helps you get a shot if you can't swap lenses. Heck, it's almost the same as a 50mm prime, which I use for portraits all the time.

On the down side, it does have a strange autofocus issue where it hunts -- VERY SLOWLY -- in poor light or low contrast. In most situations, it has decent enough AF, but when it can't focus, it will slowly focus all the way in and then out again over the course of a couple seconds. I've never experienced it on any of a dozen A-mount lenses I've used, and it is frustrating when it happens. So much so that when I first got the lens and tried it out indoors in mediocre light, I thought the lens was broken.

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In reply to Atgard, Jul 17, 2013

Atgard wrote:

On the down side, it does have a strange autofocus issue where it hunts -- VERY SLOWLY -- in poor light or low contrast. In most situations, it has decent enough AF, but when it can't focus, it will slowly focus all the way in and then out again over the course of a couple seconds. I've never experienced it on any of a dozen A-mount lenses I've used, and it is frustrating when it happens. So much so that when I first got the lens and tried it out indoors in mediocre light, I thought the lens was broken.

I've observed the same behavior. Focusing speed can slow to a crawl in poor light. I compared it to my Tamron 200-500 with same subject and lighting. The Tamron locks focus normally. Camera is an A65.

However, this was when I was just trying the lens. I haven't had  a real world problem yet.

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In reply to craig66, Jul 18, 2013

Got my Sony 55-300 today. Very happy with the build quality and size. For a couple hundred bucks its tough to beat.

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In reply to Larnus, Jul 30, 2013

Larnus wrote:

Thanks very much for the review - I found it very useful too! I had the same dilemma with regards to purchasing the same 3 lenses - and decided to go with the Sony! The fact that Sony HK sent a promotion to my e-mail yesterday morning to buy the 55-300 for about $190 helped things greatly too!

At the end of the day, image quality then followed by focus speed is important to me. Up till now I've had to use a Nikon 100-300 AIS F/5.6 - and sorely missed autofocus at the long end. Now I have the perfect match for my free LA-EA2 adapter (thank you again Sony!) for my NEX - and perhaps the lightest lens in this class. Perhaps Sony are finally trying to shed off their expensive reputation or treating their loyal customers better?

Hi Lamus

Can you share the promotion link?

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In reply to asa79, Jul 30, 2013

asa79 wrote:

Larnus wrote:

Thanks very much for the review - I found it very useful too! I had the same dilemma with regards to purchasing the same 3 lenses - and decided to go with the Sony! The fact that Sony HK sent a promotion to my e-mail yesterday morning to buy the 55-300 for about $190 helped things greatly too!

At the end of the day, image quality then followed by focus speed is important to me. Up till now I've had to use a Nikon 100-300 AIS F/5.6 - and sorely missed autofocus at the long end. Now I have the perfect match for my free LA-EA2 adapter (thank you again Sony!) for my NEX - and perhaps the lightest lens in this class. Perhaps Sony are finally trying to shed off their expensive reputation or treating their loyal customers better?

Hi Lamus

Can you share the promotion link?

Hey ASA,

The deal expires tomorrow so you better be quick! They actually had the lens out of stock, but I spoke to customer service (they're actually pretty good here in HK) - and they asked around and called me back 30mins later, to say some NEX users who didn't have LA-EA2 had cancelled their order.

Here's the link.

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