First outing with the SAL 55-300mm

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cruzcat01
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First outing with the SAL 55-300mm
6 months ago

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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In reply to cruzcat01, 6 months ago

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

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In reply to cruzcat01, 6 months ago

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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In reply to cruzcat01, 6 months ago

nice shots! See you're another SoCal'er - which zoo?

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In reply to Alan_S, 6 months ago

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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In reply to mmhendrie, 6 months ago

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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In reply to cruzcat01, 6 months ago

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

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In reply to cruzcat01, 6 months ago

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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