Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens for A Alpha DSLR Cameras

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About Sony 55-300mm

Sony 55-300mm F4.0-5.6 DT SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens

Want a professional quality telephoto lens without doling out what a professional might be expected to pay? Then allow us to introduce you to the affordable wonder that is the Sony 55-300mm F4.0-5.6 DT SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens, a lens capable of both wildlife and scenery shots with stunning clarity. But what makes this lens so special?

Product Highlights

  • The SAM technology—a Smooth Autofocus Motor that’s quiet and handles the dirty work of adjusting focus while you’re thinking about framing your subject and taking a beautiful shot.
  • Image quality on the full spectrum of zoom, including when you use the maximum 300mm focal length. Your zoomed images don’t have to look paltry next to your unzoomed images—with the Sony 55-300mm you can have the best of both worlds.
  • The Sony 55-300mm is popular partly thanks to its interchangeability, allowing you to use this on a variety of cameras and easily move from one lens to another.

Don’t let that next far-away shot escape you. Acquire a Sony 55-300mm and zoom in. 



Learn about the Sony 55-300mm F4.0-5.6 DT SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens

Want to zoom in your subject? Then get any old zoom lens. Want to zoom in on your subject with power, smooth autofocus, and plenty of stable, consistent photographs? Then consider the Sony 55-300mm F4.0-5.6 DT SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens a prime candidate for your next photography purchase. Not only is this telephoto zoom lens perfect for professional photographers, but it can significantly upgrade the quality of any photo enthusiast’s regular portfolio entries. Let’s take a—dare we say it?—closer look at what makes this lens work so well.



  • Sony SAM technology. No, it doesn’t stand for surface-to-air anything. Here at Adorama it stands for Smooth Autofocus Motor. And it provides you with such a fast, smooth experience in autofocusing that you’ll have no problem using the Sony 55-300mm in the highest standard HD video recordings. And don’t worry if your subject is far off and constantly moving, like say, some animal or wildlife—the SAM will ensure that you take a smooth photograph without having to scramble for your own focus.
  • ED—or Extra-Low Dispersion—is an element in this lens that lets you procure the same quality for your photographs whether you’re using a 300mm focal length (the maximum) or less. Translation? You can still expect sharpness and clarity with each of your photographs even if you’re testing the quality of your Sony 55-300mm. You’ll also find additional features that help you take crisp photographs, such as reduced color aberrations. This is perfect for someone who wants to get started with a new telephoto zoom lens but isn’t sure how to make their own photographs “look good.”
  • Beautiful landscapes. You might not always be thinking landscapes with a telephoto zoom lens, but the Sony 55-300mm is more than capable of offering you beautiful portrait and landscape photos thanks to its wide 55mm end. This complement to the high-strength zooming technology ensures that you can switch between zoomed-out and zoomed-in at live events with relative ease—and since you know that the Sony SAM technology is helping you on the focus side of things, you won’t have to think twice before taking that next shot.
  • Affordability. For a telephoto lens of this quality, you’d be amazed at what the customer might be expected to pay. Not so here at Adorama. The affordability to quality ratio here is definitely in favor of the customer, helping you to procure a professional-quality telephoto lens without feeling like you have to declare bankruptcy immediately after the purchase.
  • Interchangeability. Like the 200mm, this Sony telephoto lens is highly interchangeable, ensuring that you can quickly change to and from a telephoto lens at a moment’s notice without disrupting your creative flow. This means having access to a wide range of lenses and options no matter what kind of event you’re attending—and it’s what helps make the Sony 55-300 the best lens for sports photography.

E-mount lenses like the Sony 55-300mm F4.0-5.6 DT SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens are more than lenses—they’re ways of viewing the world. Okay, that’s what lenses do—but trust us when we say that this lens will help you enhance your photography in new, exciting, and less limited ways. Ideal for photo enthusiasts, semi-pro photographers, and anyone looking to capture landscape and wildlife photos with clarity and beauty.

 



From the Manufacturer
The Sony 55-300mm DT f/4.5-5.6 SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens has a zoom range of 5.5x equivalent to 82.5 - 450mm on a full-frame 35mm DSLR. This immediately places it among the longest lenses they offer for the A-mount lineup, eclipsing even some of the high-end G series focal lengths at a fraction of the cost. The 55-300mm SAM is an easy addition to your camera bag-quickly replacing several of your current lenses that you would no longer have to swap between-no longer risking dust, damage or missed opportunities.

One of the greatest features of the lens is the Sony SAM technology (Smooth Autofocus Motor). This provides you with both fast, smooth and quiet focusing that won't disrupt the audio in your HD video recordings, nor the temperamental wildlife you're zooming in on.

An ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens element provides exceptional image quality all the way out to its maximum 300mm focal length-meaning your zoomed images benefit from enhanced clarity and sharpness throughout the frame. The advanced optical design of the SAL55300, with the same elements found in the more expensive premium Sony G lenses, reduces color aberrations and provides excellent contrast to enhance your images before they even reach the camera sensor.

While the 300mm focal length may be a bit more exciting to some than the wider 55mm end, when you don't need as much telephoto zoom the lens will also zoom back out to be an ideal portrait or landscape lens. It is also an ideal complement to the Sony DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens that comes included with many of the Sony Alpha DSLR's already. With the two of these lenses, you will have access to 16.6x zoom and pretty much covered all possible shooting situations--leaving very little you cannot adequately photograph. With its wide variety of premium features, not to mention the attractive price, Sony's versatile SAL55300 DT 55-300mm SAM Lens makes total focal length coverage not only a possibility, but does so without breaking your budget.

One reason why the Sony 55-300mm is popular is because of its Easily interchangeable

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easily interchangeable (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (3),Wildlife photos (3)

Sony 55-300mm Features

  • Compact Design, All-Around Versatility: This high-value 55-300mm 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: 82.5-450mm)
  • 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 system DSLR -- and enabling accessory lenses to eliminate the extra weight and expense of in-lens stabilization mechanisms
  • Advisory when using DT lenses with full-frame (35mm equivalent) DSLR cameras: Sony (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)
  • DT Lens Design: The SAL-55300 is specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager used in Sony (Alpha) DSLR cameras
  • Multi-Element Design: The SAL-55300 is designed with 12 lens elements in 9 groups, with precision focusing performance and smooth zoom operation
  • Short Minimum Focusing Distance: With the ability to focus as closely as 4.5 feet (1.4m), this telephoto lens also lets you move in for dramatic shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass: Because light of different wavelength (or color) bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED Glass is used to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors

Sony 55-300mm Specifications

Focal Length
55 - 300 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 82.5 - 450 mm
Aperture
Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 29
Camera Mount Type
Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Tilt/Shift
None
Minimum Focus Distance
4.5' (1.37 m)
Magnification
0.27x
Groups/Elements
12 elements 9 groups including 1 ED glass element
Diaphragm Blades
7
Image Stabilization
No
Autofocus
Yes
Tripod Collar
No
Filter Thread
Front: 62 mm
Dimensions (D x L)
3.1 x 4.6" (7.87 x 11.68 cm)
Weight
1.2 lbs (0.54 kg)

Sony 55-300mm Reviews

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4.3

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well worth it.

Superb image quality. Very fast outdoors. Rich color tones.

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
4.0

Great Lens, Great Price

By

from Toronto, Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great photos for a great price....it does hunt in low light, but for landscape, outdoors, birds, it's great!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great value on an awesome lense

By

from Wisconsin  -  Photo Enthusiast

wonderful clarity. used mostly for distant nature photos.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Lens But Not GREAT

By

from Hudson, MA

First I am hardly an expert right now but more a "prosumer" this lens for the price is a great deal. The pictures are sharp and clear and the 55-300mm gives great options with 1 lens. My only complaint is the "hunting" when using AF in anything past 200mm. So if I know shooting far away I immediately switch to MF since most likely lens will "hunt" for something to focus on and second you get what you want it hunts to something again. Even for the picture for this review I was in full auto and tried AF but had trouble staying on the bird house with nothing around it so ended up in manual. But for the price I am not going to complain about this lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Lens

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Casual Photographer

Nice lens. Just a touch soft at 300mm but otherwise great.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Image Quality

By

from Southeast USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

AS far as image quality goes this is a very good lens. I can get sharp images all the to 300mm handheld if the shutter speed can be kept high enough, otherwise a tripod is needed. Sharpness drops off a little above 250mm but not much. It is lightweight so easy to carry. For me the only real weakness of the lens is focus speed. It is slow to focus and tends to hunt more than other lenses I've used. For my use that is usually not a problem. Image quality is what is most important to me and in that department this is the best lens I have used in this range.

(17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth it.

By

from costa mesa,ca

Superb image quality. Very fast outdoors. Rich color tones.

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RAMIT B  Best range and good performance for the price. Not best quality but great value for money
Charles A  I have a Sony A77 with 16-50mm f2.8 and a 70-200mm f2.8 G lens. Both great lenses! Looking for the extra 100mm for Birds + wildlife & landscape. Would you go with 2X for the 70-200mm OR buy the 55-200mm? Thanks, Charles.
Charles A  Thanks, Benjamin.
Shopper  can use this item on sony nex 5n ?
SHIREEN J  No
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