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
Expert Reviews
Imaging resource.34355410
2 days ago

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!

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
26 March 2015

Excellent value for money, can hunt for focus at times but pictures are sharp and over 85% are keepers. Took this on safari in South Africa and was extremely happy with the results. Cannot warrant paying 5 times or more for faster glass when I use it mostly outdoors.

25 December 2013

Since this was a gift, It would be great if Beach Camera would allow me to exchange it for another lens. Was this review helpful?

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    Slow And Poor Image Quali

17 January 2013

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.

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    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Very Sharp

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    Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus

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.

1 May 2014

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.

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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