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

Model #SAL55300

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Filter thread Front: 62 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.1 x 4.6" (7.87 x 11.68 cm)
Weight 1.2 lb (0.54 kg)


Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Maximum reproduction ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Magnification 0.27x
Groups/elements 9/12
Minimum focus distance 4.5' (1.37 m)
Format compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
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
Angle of view Not Specified By Manufacturer
Diaphragm blades 7


Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
8 June 2016

This Sony Telephoto Lens is ideal for the beginner to novice photographer It takes nice photo's and is priced right for the photographer who is interested in a budget lens. However, when zooming out to 200mm or better, the lens tends to distort and photo's turn out grainy when zooming beyond 200mm.

Imaging resource.34355410
8 July 2013

Just used it at a football game during an afternoon in good light. Sharp results, mates well to my A65. No focus issues with action. A keeper!

  • +

    Sharp lens, Excellent value, lightweight and relatively small in size

  • -

    Slow lens, no ultrasonic motor

5 June 2014

I purchased this lens for mainly wildlife, and really zooming in on stuff farther away when needed. In a recent trip to Scotland, I was able to really zoom in on a couple of pheasants that were out in a field.

4 March 2016

Extremely sharp, but very slow to focus and sometimes hunts. So it can be hit or miss with birds in flight or fast-moving objects. But when it locks on, it is as sharp as lenses costing 10x as much, and even does surprisingly sharp semi-macro.

B h photo.34921152
8 July 2013

The attached photo was taken in part sun at a wildlife park in the UK. I think it speaks for itself. 230mm, f7.1 at iso 200 handheld on an A77. RAW file was processed in Photoshop Elements 10 (no CA correction). The EVF on the A77 allowed me to get focus dead on without resorting to live view.

9 June 2015

Top Quality lens, small, compact, and very lite weight. Easier to carry, than my big 170-500mm lens which takes up a lot of space. Picture quality is excellent under the most demanding conditions. Would recommend buying this lens to anyone. Great lens for the money.

B h photo.34921152
18 April 2016

I had a Tamron telephoto but it took forever to focus sometimes and my shots were often blurry. This one focuses faster and looks sharper.

30 May 2015

This is another lens I purchased along with a 30mm macro, and I am very happy with Sony. I been able to zoom in on those elusive Cardinals an blue jays. The image quality is superb. Most definitely recommended to any one wanting to get serious with their camera. Camera used SLT-a57. Just fantastic.

B h photo.34921152
27 December 2015

Excellent 55-300mm lens. I have close up and landscape photos that are great. This lens is awesome. easy to use and lite in weight.n Lightweight.

6 May 2015

I'm currently trying to get my hand on wildlife photography, and my current lens were far too small. So, I managed to get my hands on these. For the price, the zoom is great - and can pick up a faraway object easily... as long as it focuses.

Product Highlights
  • 35mm Equivalent: 82.5-450mm
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-29
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
In The Box
  • Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Solid Circular Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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