Sony 55-300 Comparison

Started Sep 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
9000AF Contributing Member • Posts: 597
Re: Frustratingly difficult decision

Jeff, thanks a lot for sharing your experiences with the lenses. It looks like the 55-300 is somewhat similar to the 55-200 in character and speed. I'm always curios if newer lenses can do better than the 100-300 APO D. The APO D together with the CZ 16-80mm is my travel combo and it never failed me, nothing else seems to deliver as well in such a small package. AF is getting faster with every new body and keeps up with my kids, even an unplanned trip to an airshow worked out surprisingly well. I also like the fact that the APO only needs very minimal PP, virtually no color fringing.

The Tamron is too large IMO and AF isn't any faster than the 100-300 APO on the A77, only silent. I only tried it briefly, but I would say that IQ is similar.

I'll stick to my 100-300 APO D based on your observations and the rest of my lineup.

When I need more speed or a wider lens I use the Sigma 50-150mm HSM II with or without matched 1.4x TC, this is usually the better lens for capturing action.

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