Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6

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Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is a telephoto zoom lens features 75-300mm (112.5-450mm 35mm equivalent) at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 13 elements in 10 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 21 to 5 degrees 20′. Closest focusing distance at 4 feet, 11 inches and has a filter size of 55mm. The Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens weighs 1 pound, 2 ounces and it 2.81 inches in diameter and 4.81 inches long.

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Reviews reviews the Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and writes;
“The Sony 75-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 is a capable budget zoom lens, and set to the right aperture and focal length you can get images of a high optical quality…. You shouldn’t feel bad if you got this lens as part of the A100 twin-lens kit, and it is certainly a good second lens if you already have the 18-70mm lens and want to stay loyal to the Sony system.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and writes;
“It’s pretty sharp all over at all apertures and focal lengths. It is softer at 300mm, and much softer at 5 feet at f/5.6 at 300mm. It’s much better at 300mm at f/8. At far distances it’s as sharp as other Nikkor 300mm lenses. This is great, I have nothing to whine about here.”
rating: N/A reviews the Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and writes;
“when we saw its encouraging test results and its attractive new packaging, we have to admit this sharp, relatively compact, and almost distortion-free lens seems quite up to date…”
rating: N/A reviews the Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and writes;
“The Sony 75-300/4.5-5.6 is a typical inexpensive telephoto zoom. Performance peaks around 135mm with sharp images both in the center of the frame and at the corners of the APS-C frame….If you don’t mind 3rd party lenses, the offerings from Sigma and Tamron would seem to be well worth considering based on their greater macro magnification, use of LD glass and lower price.”
rating: N/A reviews the Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and writes;
“This lens is pretty sharp wide open, at 75mm up to 100mm or so. Near full telephoto, you’ll need to stop down to F/8 to make everything nice and sharp. If you like shooting stamps up close, use F/11. There are no issues with soft corners at any focal length. “
rating: N/A reviews the Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and writes;
“If you’ve decided the A100’s right for you but not bought it yet though, the twin lens kit sporting the DT 18-70mm and 75-300mm lenses is a great option. It’ll give you a highly flexible focal range at a low price that’ll suit many photographers for a long time.”
rating: N/A reviews the Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and writes;
“The Nikkor AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 exhibited a very good performance in the lab EXCEPT at the long end of the zoom range. At 75mm and 200mm the resolution figures are very good but beyond there’s a rapid decline in quality. At 300mm f/5.6 the results are downright soft and it takes f/11 to recover the quality to very decent levels across the frame. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and writes;
“It’s not all bad news though – optically the Sony is a pretty good performer, with excellent performance throughout the aperture range at 75mm, and a similarly consistent performance at full reach. .”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 User Reviews

Terrific lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have the identical Konica Minolta version of this lens. It is a very nice lens and since it is fairly small and light and not too expensive, perfect for travel if you need a tele zoom. Uses common less expensive 55mm filter size.” – by J. Coates

Great results, perfect for beginners | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m completely new to the DSLR world and I’ve added this lends to my new alpha200 camera. I’m super happy with the results this lens gives me, sharp, noiseless, and strong colors. I don’t agree that the zoom takes that long. It’s not in millisec, but it doesn’t disturb. I’m very happy.” – by E. Geva

Great Item, Great Price | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am somewhere between a neophyte and an amateur photographer. I bought a Sony A200K as my first DSLR and love it but soon discovered the limitations of the lenses it came with. I consulted pros to see what my next lenses was going to be and this 75-300mm was it. Since I don’t have a lot of bucks right now, I took a chance on a used one and this thing was in mint condition. But I was soon doing some incredible jaw-dropping shots from the time I got it attached to my camera, Close ups of flowers, Animals, and yes even bugs jumped right out with amazing clarity and color… Amazon, the seller and this lenses made me a professional photographer most of the time. I couldn’t be happier. “ – by Andrew J. Conway

not too shabby | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The lens is a very solid unit. The auto focus is nice and tight and dosent play back and forth like my other telephoto lenses all in all i am very satisfied with my purchase. “ – by Steven Snyder

Great lens at good price | Rating: ★★★★★
“I tested this lens with 70-300mm beercan, sigma 75-200mm 2.8/3.5, Sony got very fast AF against all of them, you need this in sport mode. For pictures quality i’m very impress on how sharp it is, I read lot of reviewer and they complaint soft side, not sharp at 300mm and so forth….but I don’t know about that, I haven’t got any problem at all. Where the beer can got good reputation for been sharpness it not true, AF on beer can is slow..IQ is the same as Sony no difference. “ – by Potion99 “potion”

Great lens for the price | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is not the best 70-300mm lens you can buy but for the price you can’t beat it. What I like?? Size, Build quality, Zoom range (with the 1.5x crop factor with AF-S sensors (Anything but the A850 or A900) it is a 112.5-450mm 35mm equivalent, Little lens creep “ – by Michael K. Scherzer

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“For the avid photographer, the SONY 75-300mm Telephoto lens is priced well and will provide exceptional performance. Once you attach the lens you will discover when in maximum telephoto mode, the lens is quite long. I am very happy with it. “ – by R. Schmidt “Ebertski”

Sony 75-300mm Compact Super Telephoto Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is one awesome lens; Nikon move over a new kid is in town! I have used them all, you name it I have used it! Sony is a top outfit when come to subject DSLR, and if you have one of these cameras or going to buy a Sony DSLR you will find out this camera is one of the best! Now judging the Sony 75-300mm Compact Super Telephoto Lens is plain awesome! I have not found a lens in this category by other brand that matches the performance of Sony 75-300 mm . It’s a must have lens! Add this lens to your Sony DSLR lens collection! Smooth sharp clarity! Remarkable performance top Quality. I give it 5 stars ! well worth the money !” – by Steve

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Features & Specifications

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Specifications

Get extremely close to your subjects from a relaxing distance with this Sony 75-300mm super telephoto zoom lens. Great for taking incredibly close-up portraits without making your subject nervous, the compact, lightweight 4x zoom lens is a terrific value and an ideal choice for covering outdoor activities and sports action, even in large stadium locations. The lens offers a wide zoom range of 112.5 to 450mm (35mm equivalent) that handles both middle-ground subjects and portraits from afar, while still capturing intimate details and natural wonders close at hand. In addition, the lens gives light sources a pleasing circular defocused effect in the background, making the subject stand out beautifully.

* Focal length: 75-300mm (112.5-450mm 35mm equivalent)
* Maximum aperture: f/4.5-5.6
* Minimum aperture: f/28-32
* Filter diameter: 55mm
* Minimum focus distance: 4 feet, 11 inches
* Magnification: 0.25x
* Lens group elements: 10 groups 13 elements
* Distance encoder: Yes
* Blades: 7 aperture blades
* Asperhic elements: No
* Lens type: Telephoto zoom
* Dimensions: 2.81 inches in diameter and 4.81 inches long
* Weight: 1 pound, 2 ounces

See also: Carl Zeiss/Sony | Lens Reviews

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