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Sony 55-300mm Telephoto Zoom lens Announced

August 15 2012

by Philip Northeast

Sony’s new 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom is a compact yet versatile lens for everyday use photographing wildlife or sports action, at a very reasonable price.

Sony’s new 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom is a compact yet versatile lens for everyday use photographing wildlife or sports action, at a very reasonable price.

Sony SAL55300 zoom lens

Sony SAL 55300 zoom lens

It may not have the wide maximum aperture or the optical quality of Sony’s much more expensive premium G series lenses but at a projected price of $US300 it offers good value for money.

“The new SAL55300 lens is a perfect complement to our acclaimed line of alpha A-mount cameras with Translucent Mirror Technology, allowing consumers to capture distant, faraway subjects with razor-sharp focused images and Full HD videos,” said Mike Kahn, director of the alpha business at Sony Electronics.  “With a versatile 55-300mm, 5.5x magnification range, fast, quiet performance and an attractive price tag, it’s a welcome addition to our alpha A-mount system.”

The compact size  should make it easy to carry. Optimising the design for the smaller APS-C  digital sensors helps keep the weight and size down. I have a similar style lens I use for my small camera bag that I carry all the time.  My higher quality telephotos are too big to carry everywhere.

The SAL55300 lens has a fast and quiet autofocus motor in the lens making it  good match for the new fast shooting SLT Sony cameras.

Sony say the SAL55300 will be available for around $US300 in September.

 

 

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