Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM

Last Updated (14 November’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM is an A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens with the 35mm equivalent of a 82.5-450mm focal length. It features Aperture Range of f/4.5-29 with Optimized for APS-C Image Sensors, Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass, Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM), 7x Circular Aperture Blades, and has Filter Diameter of 62mm. The lens available at Amazon with price of $298.00.

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Expert Reviews

Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Reviews

Photographyblog reviews the Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM and writes;
“The whisper-quiet Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) makes an ideal partner for the high-speed AF tracking capabilities of cameras with Translucent Mirror Technology. Even when your subject’s moving swiftly, you’ll be rewarded by frame after frame of crisply-focused images and Full HD video.”
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SLRGear reviews the Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM and writes;
“The new SAL55300 lens features a whisper-quiet Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) and an advanced optical design to get the best from the high-speed performance and high resolution sensors common to Sony’s A-mount camera lineup. Additionally, it contains an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass element, commonly featured on premium Sony G Lens models, that reduces color aberrations, improves image quality and provides excellent contrast and corner-to-corner sharpness.”
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User Opinions

Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM User Reviews

Great addition to the Sony line up
“I had the cheaper 55-200mm Sony zoom and wanted the extra 100mm reach. So far this lens has been a great upgrade. It does preform best in sunny bright conditions. For me it is very sharp at all focal lengths. Color is good. I never had a G lens but this lens will be good enough for me for everyday use. Also glad it has a metal mount vs the plastic on my 55-200. Weight is very good too. ” – By Ken in MN
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great Results – After Post Processing
“With the metal mount, it’s a bit heavier and frankly balances a bit better on the A77 than did the 200mm zoom. A nice balance between portability and ruggedness too. Optically it’s a bit softer at 300mm than the shorter lens at its maximum of 200mm but at the same focal lengths it matches in sharpness. Softness at the edges is mainly due to chromatic abberation. ACR in Photoshop CS6 takes out both the CA and the blue fringing to the point of making the edges of the frame approach the central sharpness. Contrast is excellent with minimum flare.” – By Uncle Earl
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Samples Images

Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Sample Photos

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Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM User Manual (PDF)

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Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Features

Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM is an easy additions kit to your camera bag which covers the medium- to long-distance telephoto range. It offers close minimum focusing distance of about 4.5 feet (1.4m) which makes it an ideal lens for tight shots of people, natural subjects and close-up details. Featuring Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) system, the lens provides fast, smooth, and quiet autofocusing that won’t disrupt the audio in your HD video recordings.

The lens also use an Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) lens element to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors. While the advanced optical design of the lens, which use the same elements with the more expensive premium Sony G lenses, effectively reduce color aberrations and provides excellent contrast to enhance your images quality.


+ Lens Type : Telephoto & Telephoto Zoom

+ Aperture (Max.) : f/4 – 5.6

+ Aperture (Min.) : f/22 – 29

+ Filter Diameter : 62 mm

+ Lens Groups-Elements : 12 elements 9 groups including 1 ED glass element

+ Minimum Focus Distance : 4′ 6” (1.4 m)

+ Aspheric Elements : No aspheric

+ Distance Encoder : Yes

+ Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)

+ Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : APS-C: 55-300mm (35mm Equivalent: 82.5-450 mm)

+ Lens Weight : 1 lb. 3 oz. (460g)

+ Magnification : x 0.27

+ Dimensions (Approx.) : 3 1/8 x 4 5/8″ (77 x 116.5 mm)

+ Weight (Approx.) : 1 lb. 3 oz. (460g)

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