First outing with the SAL 55-300mm

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cruzcat01
cruzcat01 Regular Member • Posts: 196
First outing with the SAL 55-300mm

Took my son to the animal farm yesterday. It had a petting zoo with sheep/pygmy horses/goats etc and some interesting animals like capybara, ferox and also a jaguar.

This was the first time that I was using the SAL 55-300mm and I was very pleased with the results from this sub $200 lens. The bokeh is not creamy like the beercan but the lens seems to be quite sharp IMO.

A few pics from the outing.

Jaguar

Meercat

Capybara

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21364guy
21364guy Junior Member • Posts: 49
Re: First outing with the SAL 55-300mm

I agree, this lens is a great value. Nice pictures

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Alan_S
Alan_S Senior Member • Posts: 1,644
Re: First outing with the SAL 55-300mm

Nice samples of the sharpness of this relatively inexpensive lens. Lots of lenses have been described as "best bang for the buck." Don't see this one mentioned often, but I have had a chance to handle one, and as your shots show, it is indeed a gem for the price. Thanks for posting!

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mmhendrie
mmhendrie Regular Member • Posts: 425
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nice shots! See you're another SoCal'er - which zoo?

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cruzcat01
cruzcat01 OP Regular Member • Posts: 196
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If I remember correctly, Carl (one of the Sony forum regulars) did a review of this lens and he had good things to say about it. I had been contemplating a Minolta 100-300 APO and his review pushed me towards the SAL 55-300mm.  Its a plastic fantastic, easy to carry, cheap and very good sharpness for the price.

Yes, I agree in terms of bang for the buck this lens is quite underrated but seems capable of good results.

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cruzcat01
cruzcat01 OP Regular Member • Posts: 196
Re: First outing with the SAL 55-300mm

NorCal actually and quite close to the GooglePlex.

This was at the Happy Hollow Zoo and Amusement Park in San Jose.

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Ed at Ridersite
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That lens is a bargain!  Many very sharp images there.  I'm sure you are very pleased.

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kartikjayaraman
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Nice captures, I especially like the goat and the Macaws. For the whistling duck photo your shutter speed was too low (100) which is why you see subject blur/camera shake. For the meerkat photo the shutter speed is too high (1/2500), you could have used a lower shutter speed and a lower ISO (100). Nice value lens as others have mentioned, good work.

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