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Sony 55-300mm DT f/4.5-5.6 SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens

SKU: ISO553004556 MFR: SAL55300
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About the Sony 55-300mm

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.

Sony 55-300mm Includes

  • Solid Circular Lens Hood
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Sony 1 Year Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easily interchangeable (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (3) , Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (2) , Casual photographer (1) , Semi-pro photographer (1)

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)
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