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(based on 13 ratings)
Brand: Sony
Located in: Lenses For Sony / Minolta
If you don't have a telephoto zoom lens in your arsenal, this is a great place to start. The superb multi-purpose SAL-DT55200 55-200mm f4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens is an excellent all-around value, covering the medium to long-distance telephoto range you will use most. It also provides close minimum focusing distance of about 3 feet (.95m), for tight shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details. Its compact, lightweight design makes it easy to carry as your standard or accessory lens - and all your shots will benefit from the Sony Super SteadyShot image stabilization system built into every Sony a system DSLR. (35mm equivalent: 82.5-300mm). Please note: DT lenses are not recommended for use with the DSLR-A900.

Compact Design, All-Around Versatility
This high-value 55-200mm zoom lens covers a wide range of medium to long-distance telephoto applications -- and its lightweight design lets you leave it on-camera or carry it easily as an accessory lens for special purposes (35mm equivalent: 82.5-300mm).

DT Lens Design
The SAL-DT55200 is specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager used in Sony & 945 (alpha) DSLR cameras. APS-size sensors are smaller than a 35mm-format film frame, so the focal distance to cover the same field of view can be about 2/3 shorter -- allowing a more compact lens design.

Short Minimum Focusing Distance
With the ability to focus as closely as 3 feet (.95m), this telephoto lens also lets you move in for dramatic shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details.

In-Camera Image Stabilization
A major reason for its compact, lightweight design is the benefit of Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization, built into every Sony & 945 system DSLR -- and enabling accessory lenses to eliminate the extra weight and expense of in-lens stabilization mechanisms.

Multi-Element Design
The SAL-DT55200 is designed with 13 lens elements in 9 groups, with precision focusing performance and smooth zoom operation.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
Because light of different wavelength (or color) bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass is used to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.

* Advisory when using DT lenses with full-frame (35mm equivalent) DSLR cameras.
Sony a (alpha) lenses with the Digital Technology (DT) designation are ideal for use on APS-C size DSLR cameras and are not recommended for use with full frame DSLR camera bodies (such as the DSLR-A900). Although DT lenses can be used with full frame cameras, they can only realize a maximum of 11MP image size (when using the DSLR-A900), and are not guaranteed to provide accurate Auto Exposure performance.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.5 stars
(based on 13 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Consistent output(10), Durable(10), Easily interchangeable(12), Fast / accurate auto-focus(12), Lightweight(12)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery(10), Low light(6), Macro photography(3), Night photography(4), Sports/action(10)
Describe Yourself:
Casual photographer(6), Photo enthusiast(3), Semi-pro photographer(4)
Was this a gift?:
No(10)
 
Great Value
By VitoVerified Purchaser from kansas City, Mo on 5/23/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Sports/Action, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

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excelent viewing
By HVerified Purchaser from cambridge ne. on 5/1/2011
Pros:
Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Weddings/Events, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

still expermenting but seems to be a great lens

 
Would buy this lens again...Awesome
By Team MommaVerified Purchaser from Roanoke, Virginia on 4/22/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Sports/Action, Weddings/Events, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

Purchased this lens because the lens that came with my camera wasn't enough....in no time I was taking awesome, in focus, sports pictures of my daughters...would definately give it a thumbs up! Very satisfied with my purchase....

 
All in one
By Joe the noviceVerified Purchaser from Hershey, Pa on 3/15/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Weddings/Events, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

I have "tested" this at everything from baby chickens at 3 feet to birds at 50 feet the squirels at 75 yards and it always has great detail and great pictures! The detail on the baby chickens is remarkable, you can see each and every hair! The birds at the feeder I was able to see great and with great detail, you can see the birds eyes and feathers and the individual grains of food in the feeder. And with the squirel, well I couldn't see it with the naked eye but I took a picture of the area and then zoomed the picture in and there he was eating a nut. This lens saw what I couldn't with ease.

 
SONY ZOOM LENSE
By JCVerified Purchaser from CHATTANOOGA TN on 2/21/2011
Pros:
Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Video, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

GREAT LENSE FOR EVERYDAY USE

 
Great lens for the price..
By JCraterVerified Purchaser from HB, CA on 1/4/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons:
Slow Focus
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

nice lens, paired with my A55 it takes great photos..

 
Good Accessary for Special events.
By Ketan KotakVerified Purchaser from San Jose, CA on 1/3/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons:
Lens Creep
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Macro Photography, Night Photography, Sports/Action, Weddings/Events, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

Good supplement for the excellent camera.
Owned for about a week, so not used this lens a lot to write useful review.

 
Outstanding value
By JohnVerified Purchaser from Wayne, PA on 1/3/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged
Best Uses:
Sports/Action, Weddings/Events, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

Great for traveling. Small size for a 50-200 zoom.

 
This lens is a MUST BUY
By qikpixVerified Purchaser from Roswell, Ga on 12/29/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Cons:
None that I can see
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Video, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

It is a good mid-range lens especially for the price. I would recommend this lens for the price range that it is set at, but if you could get a lens with a lower f-stop you will have better pictures. Since I am using the SLT-33A with this len the minimum f-stop doesn't affect the picture quality so much.

 
Wonderful zoom lens
By OVerified Purchaser from Lafayette, LA on 12/29/2010
Pros:
Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Night Photography, Video, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

This zoom lens is so easy to attach and use and works so very well. I enjoy it.

 
Excellent lens
By dmitVerified Purchaser from Raleigh, North Carolina on 12/27/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

Excellent quality; lightweight; very affordable

 
This is a Must Have!!
By cj geckoVerified Purchaser from Whittier, CA on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Macro Photography, Night Photography, Weddings/Events, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

I use this lense from a distanc in low light to get great pictures everytime! It does work best on a tri-pod for stability.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
amazing!
By nate the greatVerified Reviewer from Chicago, IL on 6/12/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Macro Photography, Night Photography, Sports/Action, Weddings/Events, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony 55-200mm DT f4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

this lens is perfect for my sony a-380. i use this lense alot at my kids sporting events and it takes great pics.

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